Instructions on Prayer from a Trappist Monk

"I'm speechless," remarked Brother Elias Marechal, OCSO, after a congregation of several hundred young evangelicals vigorously applauded his visit to their worship service last month. But then he quipped, "We don't talk in the monastery much."Grace Fellowship in Athens, GA (home of the University of Georgia) recently invited this deeply contemplative Trappist monk to come and speak to the congregation, comprised mostly of students. Grace's pastor, John Raymond, has for the past decade re … [Read more...]

Who’s Your Favorite Mystic? Here’s a Book to Help You Find Out

I'm happy to announce that my latest book — Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages — has been published. The first printing has been delivered to my publisher's warehouse, and they are now in the process of being shipped out to bookstores (both online and brick & mortar). So your favorite bookseller should have stock any day now.I got my first copies yesterday, and even though this is hardly my first book, it's as exciting as if it were. Kudos to the folks at Hampton Roads Pub … [Read more...]

Introduction to World Mysticism

Central to many cultural trends is mysticism—a vague word that can be translated as "the spiritual principle at the heart of religion." Many people believe mysticism is the golden thread that unites all the world's religions, while others scoff at the idea. Decide for yourself in this class as we explore major themes and writings from the world's great mystical traditions. Using Phyllis Zagano's Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest: A Crosscultural Anthology as our textbook, we'll examine the wor … [Read more...]

Contemplative Spirituality Online Course

FOSTERING CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY FOR YOUR CHURCH (AND YOURSELF) An Online Course for Clergy and Lay LeadersCourse Description: A common theme in our society today is the hunger for experience. From new age spiritualties, to the growth of Buddhism and other eastern spiritualties, to the rise of Pentecostalism, a driving force in today's spiritual landscape is the quest for "experiential" spirituality rather than an abstract doctrinal faith. For Christians, the heart of experiential … [Read more...]