Join me on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 10:15 AM for an Adult Education class at St. Martin’s in the Fields Episcopal Church, near Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. I will be speaking on “The Church in the Modern World.” See you there.

Date: November 8, 2015
Time: 10:15 - 11:10 a.m.
Event: Adult Education at St. Martin's in the Fields
Topic: The Church in the Modern World
Venue: St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church
Location: 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
USA
Public: Public
Christianity and Eastern Meditation: A Creative Synthesis
This five week course (September 9 through October 14, no class on September 23, Yom Kippur) explores how eastern meditation may be integrated into a Christian practice of prayer and contemplation. This is not about “blending” east and west, but about respecting the unique qualities of different traditions, as the best foundation for true interspirituality. While the class will be taught from a Christian perspective, people of all faith traditions (or none) are welcome to participate. Hope to see you there!
Date: September 9, 2015—October 14, 2015
Time: 07:15-08:30 PM
Event: Christianity and Eastern Meditation: A Creative Synthesis
Topic: Spirituality
Sponsor: Neshama Interfaith Center
404-483-5788
Venue: Ignatius House
Location: 6700 Riverside Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
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I’ll be one of several presenters at Columbia Theological Seminary’s wonderful “Spirituality Immersion Experience.” Over the course of four days you’ll join a group of fellow seekers to pray together, reflect on the great spiritual themes of the Bible and Christian history, and explore how those themes inform and illuminate your own sacred story. It’s a fabulous program, and I’m honored and thrilled to be associated with it. If you’d like to pursue CTS’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation, this is the first class to take.

Date: October 8, 2015—October 11, 2015
Event: Immersion Experience: Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life
Topic: Spiritual Formation
Sponsor: Columbia Theological Seminary Center for Lifelong Learning
404-687-4577
Venue: Columbia Theological Seminary
404-687-4577
Location: Decatur, GA
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I’ll be one of the host/presenters at the first Interfaith Symposium sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, GA. The event explores questions about how to embody faith and mindful practice in today’s world, within an interfaith context.

My tentative topic (subject to change):

Zen and the Art of Contemplative Prayer. Numerous Christian spiritual leaders, including Thomas Merton, Bede Griffiths, Raimon Panikkar, and Tilden Edwards, have explored the deep resonance between western contemplative (silent) prayer and eastern spiritual practices like Zen or Insight Meditation. Our time together will include basic instruction in shamatha (“calm abiding”) meditation and a reflection on how this Buddhist form of meditation can be integrated into a discipline of Christian devotion to God.

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Date: October 23, 2015—October 24, 2015
Event: Mindful Faith & Practice Interfaith Symposium
Topic: Mindfulness
Venue: Grace Episcopal Church
770-536-0126
Location: 422 Brenau Avenue
Gainesville, GA 30501
USA
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I’m excited to announce my first online course through Columbia Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Dr. Israel Galindo and I will be co-instructing “Life is a Sacred Story: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future with Sacred Journaling” beginning on September 14. This four-week course will offer insight and encouragement for anyone wishing to begin or deepen a journaling practice with a specifically spiritual focus. Like all the programs I offer through CTS, this is open to the general public, but it also provides credit for those who are pursuing a Certificate in Spiritual Formation.

Date: September 14, 2015—October 9, 2015
Event: Life is a Sacred Story (Online Course)
Topic: Spiritual Journaling
Sponsor: Center for Lifelong Learning, Columbia Theological Seminary
404-687-4577
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Join me at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA this August for a retreat on the spirituality of Pope Francis. Here’s a description of the retreat from the Monastery’s website:

From the day of his election, Pope Francis has electrified the world with his charisma, humility, and obvious love for Christ and the Church. An inspiration for millions, the Holy Father exhibits a rich inner life grounded in mercy and compassion for all people. This retreat will explore the Franciscan and Jesuit roots of Pope Francis’s spirituality, and consider how his wisdom, as exemplified in his writings, can be an inspiration for all Christians.
Suggested donation for the weekend retreat is $250, which includes room, board and programming.

Date: August 28, 2015—August 30, 2015
Event: Spirituality of Pope Francis (Retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit)
Topic: Spirituality of Pope Francis
Venue: Monastery of the Holy Spirit Retreat House
(770) 760-0959
Location: 2625 Highway 212 SW
Conyers, GA 30094
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This is a “Save the Date” post, because the Oratory won’t publish their fall calendar until this summer — but I wanted to let the readers of my blog know in advance about this very special event.

I’ll be returning to one of my favorite venues — the Rock Hill Oratory, not far from Charlotte NC — on October 16 and 17, 2015 to celebrate the centennial year for Thomas Merton with a Friday evening/Saturday day retreat. Here’s a description of both programs (you can register for either one separately, or for both):

Friday Evening: Climbing the Seven Storey Mountain with Thomas Merton — 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, arguably the most famous Catholic author of the twentieth century. Merton was a man of contradictions ~ a mystic and a prophet for social justice and reform, a devout Catholic deeply engaged in interfaith dialogue, a celebrity author living the life of an austere monk. This program will introduce (or re-introduce) you to Merton, his most important writings, and how the silent world of the Trappist monastery formed the mind and heart of this larger-than-life figure. We’ll also begin to reflect on how Merton’s spirituality can nourish our own — a question that will carry over into Saturday’s program.

Saturday Day of Reflection: The Three Epiphanies of Thomas Merton — This program will combine reflections, time for silence/journaling, and optional group discussion as we reflect on how the legacy of Thomas Merton can illuminate and inspire our spiritual journey’s today. Merton is famous for three different “epiphanies” or mystical experiences, none of which happened in the monastery and only one of which happened in church. As we reflect on Merton’s epiphanies, we can find invitations to deepen our own life of faith and response to the Love of God.

Check back here, or at the Oratory’s website, after July 1, we should have registration details published by then. Hope to see you in Rock Hill this fall.

Date: October 16, 2015—October 17, 2015
Event: Thomas Merton Retreat at the Oratory, Rock Hill SC
Topic: Thomas Merton
Sponsor: The Oratory Center for Spirituality
(803) 327-2097
Venue: The Rock Hill Oratory
(803) 327-2097
Location: 434 Charlotte Ave
Rock Hill, SC 29730

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Join me at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA this July for a retreat on the spirituality of the great Spanish mystic Teresa of Ávila (in honor of her 500th birthday this year). Here’s a description of the retreat from the Monastery’s website:

The Carmelite nun Teresa of Ávila — saint, mystic, and doctor of the church — is one of the greatest teachers of Christian prayer. Her guidance speaks to men and women, laypeople and monastics, beginners and proficients. In this retreat, we will explore Teresa’s rich and beautiful insights on how to grow closer to God through prayer, with practical instructions on how to apply her wisdom to our lives today.
Suggested donation for the weekend retreat is $250, which includes room, board and programming.

Date: July 17, 2015—July 19, 2015
Event: Teresa of Ávila Retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Topic: The Way of Prayer, according to Saint Teresa of Avila
Venue: Monastery of the Holy Spirit Retreat House
(770) 760-0959
Location: 2625 Highway 212 SW
Conyers, GA 30094
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I’ll be teaching Introduction to Christian Mysticism through Emory University Continuing Education this summer. For more information, click here.

Date: July 28, 2015—August 25, 2015
Time: 07:00-09:00 p.m.
Event: Introduction to Christian Mysticism
Topic: Christian Mysticism
Sponsor: Emory Continuing Education
404.727.6000
Venue: Emory Continuing Education
404.727.6000
Location: 12 Executive Park Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
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North Decatur Presbyterian Church invited me to lead a three week series on the life, writings, and spiritual meaning of Thomas Merton. The class is on Sunday mornings between services, and is open to the public.

Date: April 12, 2015—April 26, 2015
Time: 09:30-10:30 a.m.
Event: Exploring Thomas Merton
Topic: Thomas Merton
Sponsor: North Decatur Presbyterian Church
(404) 636-1429
Venue: North Decatur Presbyterian Church
(404) 636-1429
Location: 611 Medlock Road
Decatur, GA 30033

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Through Emory Continuing Education, I’ll be offering a five week course on “Inspirational Writing” — for people of all faith or wisdom traditions, for anyone who wishes to write nonfiction or fiction that will inspire others.

Date: April 22, 2015—May 20, 2015
Time: 07:00-09:00 p.m.
Event: Inspirational Writing
Topic: Writing
Sponsor: Emory Continuing Education
Venue: Emory Continuing Education
Location: 12 Executive Park Drive
Atlanta, GA
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I will be leading one of the sessions at the Shalem Regional Gathering in North Carolina on March 23. The event runs March 22 through 25 — hope to see you there.

Date: March 22, 2015—March 25, 2015
Event: Shalem Regional Gathering
Topic: Contemplative Prayer
Sponsor: Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
301-897-7334
Venue: Caraway Conference Center
Location: Sophia, NC
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Note: this event has been postponed. New dates are not yet available, but I’ll post them on this blog as soon as I know. If you’re interested in the event, feel free to contact the Beecken Center to notify them of your interest.

I’ll be joining my wonderful colleagues the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham and CeCe Balboni (president of the board of the Shalem Institute) to present a wonderful retreat on contemplative leadership, in one of my favorite places on earth: Monteagle, TN, just up the road from Sewanee.

Date: February 25, 2015—February 28, 2015
Event: Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership
Topic: Contemplative Leadership
Sponsor: The Beecken Center
800-722-1974
Venue: DuBose Conference Center
Location: Monteagle, TN
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Scripture describes the body as a temple. How do we, as people of faith, embody our faith and spirituality? This two-week program offers practical insight into how prayer, meditation, and other forms of self-care contribute to both spiritual and physical wellness.

Date: February 15, 2015—February 22, 2015
Time: 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Event: Spirituality and Bodily Health
Topic: Spirituality & Health
Sponsor: St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Venue: St. Luke's Episcopal Church
404-873-7600
Location: 435 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

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I’ll be presenting a program on Pope Francis and his encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Brookhaven, GA. The day will begin with Mass at 9 a.m., with my talks beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding by 1 p.m. This program is open to the public; there’s no charge to attend (an offering will be taken).

Date: April 18, 2015
Time: 09:00 a.m.-01:00 p.m.
Event: Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel
Topic: Catholic Spirituality
Sponsor: Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church
(404) 261-7181
Venue: Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church
(404) 261-7181
Location: 1350 Hearst Drive NE
Brookhaven, GA 30319
Public: Public

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