Introduction to Christian Mysticism

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A class through Emory University Continuing Education. The renowned twentieth century German theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” What could he have meant by this? In the popular mind, mysticism is associated with eastern spirituality, like Yoga or Zen. But there is a little-known tradition of meditation and spiritual awakening even within Christianity. This non-sectarian class will survey the history of Christian mysticism … [Read more...]

Renaissance for St. Francis’ Day!

I am simply thrilled to post that Fran and Rhiannon and I have recently purchased our tickets to see Renaissance (the legendary 1970s-era classical rock band, which re-formed in 2010) in its first concert in Atlanta in about 30 years! They will be at Variety Playhouse on October 4 — the Feast of Saint Francis. Not that there is anything particularly Franciscan about them (although we do know that Annie Haslam, the lead vocalist, is quite an animal lover). It's a serendipitous day, but … [Read more...]

Taste of Faith

This is a wonderful event — so if you're in the Atlanta area, I encourage you to come out for this one. … [Read more...]

General Orders No. 9

This past Saturday Fran, Rhiannon and I went to see General Orders No. 9, a new movie that was screening at Georgia State University's Cinefeste Film Theater. We first learned about the movie because it was directed by Bob Persons, who is married to our friend Lisa whom we know through the Friends of L'Arche Atlanta. Bob grew up in the same town Fran did, and when we poked around online to learn a bit more about the film we discovered that parts of it were filmed in and around their home. So, … [Read more...]

Tallis in Atlanta

Guess where I'll be tomorrow afternoon? At the "Labor of Love" Choral Concert, featuring music by Vaughan Williams, Wagner, Brahms, and — the pièce de résistance — Thomas Tallis' 40-part motet, Spem in Alium. According to the website promoting the concert, this motet has never been performed in Georgia before (it's not easy to put together a chorus of forty voices, I would imagine). What promises to make this concert particularly special: the choir will be surrounding the audience, … [Read more...]

Evelyn Underhill: from Atlanta to the Huffington Post

Yesterday was the Evelyn Underhill Celebration at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Over sixty people attended; with presentations by Dr. Dana Greene (a leading Underhill scholar) and me, breakout groups doing lectio divina exercises using excerpts from Underhill's writings, and a lovely Taizé service to close the day, it was truly a mini-retreat. I came away refreshed and with my love for Underhill renewed yet again. As part of the preparation for the weekend, a wrote a short … [Read more...]

Atlanta Christian Mysticism Meetup Scheduled for February 2

The reboot of the Atlanta Christian Mysticism Meetup is underway! We have secured a location and scheduled a date & time for our first meeting, of what I hope will become a monthly occurrence. The Meetup will convene at the Alcove Coffee & Tea Café, 4135 Lavista Rd, Tucker, GA 30084. Alcove is very conveniently located just 2/10 of a mile inside the perimeter off of I-285 exit 37 (LaVista Road exit). We'll meet on Wednesday, February 2 at 7 PM. To help get the conversation rolling, I … [Read more...]


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