Signing off (briefly)…

Dear friends,I have received the PDFs of the layout of my forthcoming Big Book of Christian Mysticism. The publisher needs my corrections and comments by April 23. That may sound like plenty of time, but do remember that I work full time, plus I'm teaching two classes this month! So my time is actually at a premium, and I need to be establishing boundaries to make sure that I can honor the commitments I have.For this reason, I will be taking a break from this blog until the last week of the … [Read more...]

Palm Sunday Concert at the Monastery, featuring Thomas Tallis

If you live in or near metro Atlanta, you won't find a more aesthetically and spiritually uplifting way to begin Holy Week than this special event at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. I'm excited about the inclusion of Tallis' Lamentations, but the entire program should be splendid.Monastery of the Holy Spirit presentsA Concert of Sacred Classical Music A Lenten Meditation for Passion Sunday March 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm featuring The University of Georgia Collegium Musicum & Chamber … [Read more...]

The Email of Unknowing

If you want to stay connected to this website/blog without having to visit all the time, you now can get updates sent to your email inbox (okay, disclaimer: I strive to update this blog once a day, and sometimes twice a day when I'm all fired up. So that's how often you would be receiving email). If you're interested, look at the widgets on the left side of this site: the third one down from the top is called "The Email of Unknowing." If you are a Wordpress blogger and are … [Read more...]

Register now for Evening at Emory Spring 2010

Online registration is now open for Evening at Emory's Spring 2010 classes. I'm teaching the following classes:A Brief History of Everything American philosopher Ken Wilber writes books that combine eastern and western spirituality, psychology, biology, cultural theory, and other strands of contemporary thought to create what the author calls “integral theory.” Wilber seeks to bridge the divide between science and religion, explain the dynamics of human consciousness and moral development, and … [Read more...]

The Magdalene Relic

My dear readers, the veneration of saints' relics is not a central part of my spirituality, Catholic though I may be. And I'm cynical enough to wonder if any 1st century relic can ever really be accepted at face value (I mean, just how many relics of the "true cross" are there?). However, with this disclaimer and caveat in mind, even I have to say that this is really, really cool:The relic is only in the United States for a limited time and the Monastery is fortunate to host it for a day. … [Read more...]

Saturday with St. Benedict (and me)

If you're in Atlanta and looking for something to do tomorrow, why not come out to the Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland, for the inaugural meeting of "Saturdays with Saint Benedict" — a bi-weekly group exploring Benedictine spirituality and its relevance to young adults today, co-sponsored by the Church of Our Saviour's 20s & 30s group, and the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's Young Adults group. The morning kicks off at 10:00 AM with the Eucharist, followed by a gathering at which I … [Read more...]

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism — available for pre-order!

I'm thrilled to announce that my forthcoming book, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality, is now available for pre-order from book won't be published until August 2010 — but why wait? Place your pre-order now by clicking here.And while I cannot say for sure that this is the final cover design — publishers will often change a book's cover, sometimes at the last minute — I can say that I hope this is what the cover will look like … [Read more...]