I’ve got a lot of wonderful events coming up this fall. They’re pretty much all in the Metro Atlanta area or nearby — between writing my new book and wanting to be available in case my daughter has a medical emergency, I’m trying to limit the amount of travel I’m doing for now. But if you do happen to live in the vicinity, I hope I’ll see you at one of these events:
September 4, 2011: Decatur Book Festival. This is my first (hopefully of many) appearances at this premier literary event, and I am thrilled to be part of it. On Sunday morning, September 4, I will be teaching an adult education class and then preaching at First Christian Church of Decatur. For the Book Festival itself, I’ll be speaking that afternoon at 2:30 PM, on the City Hall Stage. My topic will be “Christian Mysticism and Interfaith Spirituality.”
September 17, 2011: Contemplation & Emergence: A Day Retreat at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, Jasper, GA. The word on the street is that Holy Family is a beautiful church, in a lovely community. This day will combine time for silence and personal reflection with some thoughts on the question of how the ancient practice of contemplative prayer naturally connects with the vision and promise of the emergence/emergent movement within Christianity today. For more details, please visit the event’s Facebook Page.
October 13 – November 10, 2011: Introduction to Christian Mysticism five-week course through Evening at Emory, Atlanta, GA. This event, loosely structured around The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, offers an overview of the ideas, key players, and primary practices of the mystical stream of Christian spirituality. Continuing Education Credit is available for this course. Click on the link to register.
In addition to these events, I’ll be providing Sunday morning adult education at various churches in the metro Atlanta area, leading a retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, and contributing to a “Spirituality Immersion” experience at Columbia Theological Seminary. I also organize Atlanta area Meetup groups devoted to Christian Mysticism and Christian Meditation. See the “Upcoming Events” widget on the right-hand column of my blog for more details on these and other events.