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September 2019

Your Sacred Story: The Spiritual Practice of Journaling

September 30, 2019 - October 25, 2019
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This online course is offered through Columbia Seminary's Certificate Program in Spiritual Formation. Writing and spirituality have gone hand-in-hand from Biblical times to the present day. Keeping a journal can be an integral part of a daily prayer practice; it can be a tool for discernment and for seeking God’s will in our lives. This online course will explore journaling from a variety of perspectives including writing memoir, writing as a form of prayer, writing for healing and discernment, and…

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October 2019

Restoring the Spiritual Heart: A Contemplative Retreat in Asheville, NC

October 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - October 5, 2019 @ 12:30 pm
Haw Creek Commons, 315 Old Haw Creek Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
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Restoring the Spiritual Heart of Christianity:  A Mini Retreat Led by Carl McColman “I’m spiritual but not religious.” It’s a common refrain in our time, especially by youth and young adults. But this idea that religion and spirituality are somehow different is a recent way of seeing things. Historically, Christianity and spirituality would have been seen as basically the same thing. So for those of us who care about Christianity — or even if we just care about spirituality —…

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Meeting Jesus in Your Heart: Praying with St. Ignatius of Loyola (A Retreat at the Rock Hill Oratory)

October 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - October 12, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
The Rock Hill Oratory, 434 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730 United States
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I'll be returning to one of my favorite retreat centers to lead another overnight retreat based on the spirituality of one of our greatest saints. This year we will be praying and reflecting on the life and wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola — and the rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality, which emphasizes finding God in all things and using the imagination as a doorway to prayer. St. Ignatius of Loyola (the founder of the Society of Jesus or Jesuits)…

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“Unteachable Lessons” Book Signing and Conversation

October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zeitgeist, 2302 Parklake Dr NE Suite 425
Atlanta, GA 30345 United States
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On October 17, I'll be visiting Atlanta's center for interspiritual formation and spiritual direction, Zeitgeist, for a conversation and book signing to celebrate the release of my book Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can't Be Taught (And Why That's Okay). No charge for this event (books will be available for purchase), but please RSVP to Debonee Morgan at deb@zgatl.org to confirm your attendance.. Hope to see you there!

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Promises of the Heart Online Course

October 28, 2019 - November 22, 2019
Online Event

“Follow your heart.” It’s a classic phrase of advice and encouragement, for we know that true wisdom is not just a matter of thinking logical thoughts. It emerges most assuredly from the intuition and insight that only our hearts provide. But what does it really mean to “follow your heart,” and how can the wisdom of the heart truly make a difference in our day-to-day lives? Fortunately, each of the world’s great spiritual traditions has much to say about the…

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November 2019

Wisdom of the Christian Mystics Retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit

November 1, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - November 3, 2019 @ 11:30 am
Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW
Conyers, GA 30094 United States
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My dear friend Brother Elias Marechal, OCSO, author of Tears of an Innocent God, and I co-direct this retreat each year — and it almost always fills up, so if you want to come on this retreat register early. We spend the weekend praying together, reflecting on teachings from some of the great mystics, and practice the kind of deep contemplative prayer that Br. Elias is so gifted at teaching. To register, call the Monastery guest house at (770) 760-0959.  

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“Be Still and Know that I am God” Talk and Booksigning in Lecanto, FL

November 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 2540 W. Norvell Bryant Highway
Lecanto, FL 34460
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I've been invited to speak at the Adult Formation Hour of this vibrant Episcopal Parish on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Our topic will be "Be Still and Know that I am God" — we'll look at the Biblical foundation for contemplative prayer and how silence, solitude and stillness are gifts — even to the most active of individuals (or communities). We'll have books for sale as well!

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January 2020

Introduction to Centering Prayer in Grant Park

January 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Grant Park Meditation and Contemplative Arts Center, 1030 Grant St. #3
Atlanta, GA 30315 United States
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$50

Is your new year's resolution to deepen your prayer life? A Centering Prayer workshop can be a great way to nurture a more intimate relationship with God! Start 2020 off right with this workshop, at the wonderful new Grant Park Meditation and Contemplative Arts Center. Co-sponsored by Contemplative Outreach Atlanta. Your registration fee covers the Saturday workshop which I will lead, and six follow-up meetings featuring video instruction from Fr. Thomas Keating. For more information or to register, click here.…

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An Epiphany Celebration: Contemplative Insights with Lerita Coleman Brown, Stuart Higginbotham, and Carl McColman

January 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mary & Martha’s Place (at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church), 4393 Garmon Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30327 United States
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I'll be joining my friends Lerita Coleman Brown and Stuart Higginbotham for a special Epiphany celebration and contemplative booksigning, which will take place at Mary & Martha's Place on Sunday, January 12 at 4 PM. Epiphany invites us to focus on the manifestation of God in our lives, the work of the Spirit in our hearts.  In each and every heart, Spirit invites a deeper awareness of God's peace and love. In this day and age, many are seeking to offer…

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Pray Without Ceasing: An Introduction to Christian Contemplation and Mystical Spirituality

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - March 5 @ 8:30 pm
St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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Could your new year’s resolution be, “This year I want to grow spiritually?” If so, this course — meeting six Thursday evenings from January 30 to March 5 — could help you get the year off to a great start! Mysticism. Contemplation. Union with God. These are big concepts and it’s tempting to think that they are just for saints or other advanced souls. But the Catholic faith proclaims that prayer — and the joy of an intimate friendship with…

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