Hildegard of Bingen Retreat in Atlanta This Weekend

This past weekend I led a retreat on Hildegard of Bingen at the Oratory in Rock Hill, SC. We explored Hildegard's life, visions, writings, music, and illuminations, with an emphasis on how to apply her wisdom to our lives today.If you're in the Atlanta area — I'm offering a similar program this coming weekend at the Amerson House of Hospitality and Contemplative Life located on the grounds of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, Atlanta. You can sign up for just the Friday e … [Read more...]

Wisdom of the Christian Mystics: February 16-19, 2012 at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

Next month I'll be leading a retreat on the "Wisdom of the Christian Mystics" at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. It's offered as part of the seminary's certificate in spiritual formation, but you do not have to be enrolled in the certificate program in order to participate in the retreat. Register before January 13 and save 15% off the registration fee!Here's the link to register: http://www.ctsnet.edu/Event.aspx?areaID=1&eventID=611If you'd like more information about … [Read more...]

Off to Ireland

Well, dear friends, today I pack my bags and tie up a few loose ends around the house. I'll go visit my dad this afternoon and go to mass tonight. Tomorrow I board a plane to Newark where I'll catch a direct flight to Belfast. I arrive in Northern Ireland on Monday to join Gareth and Erin in our last minute preparations for the Celtic Spirituality and Radical Peacemaking retreat, which begins on Tuesday the 17th.So, my posting here on the blog may be a bit spotty over the next few days. I have … [Read more...]

What I’m reading to prepare for the Northern Ireland Retreat

Several books are on my bedside table right now, as I reflect on the spirituality and political history of Northern Ireland (and Ireland in general) in advance of the Contemplative Spirituality and Radical Activism immersion experience coming up in August.First, to deepen my sense of Irish history (particularly in relation to the politics of Northern Ireland over the last 50 years), I'm reading Ireland: A History by Robert Kee. It's a sobering look at just how troubled Eire has been, with its … [Read more...]

Writing and Journal Keeping Retreat is Almost Full

If you're interested in attending the "Writing and Journal Keeping" Retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, you'll need to register now. I spoke with the registrar yesterday who informed me that the retreat is almost full. The retreat runs May 23-25. The leader of the retreat is Fr. James Behrens OCSO, and I'll be there at least part of the time as his assistant, and it is likely that I will be giving a talk at some point over the weekend (but frankly, forget about me; Fr. James is an … [Read more...]