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April 2020

Spirituality Immersion at the Montreat Conference Center

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - April 22 @ 5:00 pm
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 United States
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This event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back once it is safe for people to gather and I will post future events like this one. I am going to be co-directing this wonderful spirituality immersion program, co-sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary and Montreat Conference Center. Click on this link to learn more about this program and to register: Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life.

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May 2020

Online Retreat: Praying with the English Mystics

May 12 @ 2:00 pm - May 14 @ 3:00 pm
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One of my favorite monasteries is Holy Cross Monastery in the Hudson River Valley of New York. I've led a number of retreats there over the years, and so I'm very pleased to offer this retreat — via Zoom — the next best thing to being there! Over three days (May 12, 13, and 14, 2020) we'll have a Zoom session each day to reflect together on the wisdom of one of the great English mystics. We'll explore the spiritual…

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Online Event: Julian of Norwich – The Patron Saint of Sheltering in Place

May 29 @ 10:00 am - May 30 @ 12:00 pm
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Julian of Norwich, a fourteenth century mystic, is surprisingly relevant to our time: she lived through political turmoil, religious conflict, and multiple outbreaks of the bubonic plague. Through it all, she retained a spirituality powerful in its optimism, trust, and joy in God. She has much to teach us about the nature of Divine Love, the dynamics of prayer, and the beauty of life when it is grounded in the unshakable confidence that "All Shall Be Well." Our sessions will…

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Introduction to Centering Prayer in Cherry Log, GA

May 30 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cherry Log Christian Church, 1149 Cherry Log St
Cherry Log, GA 30522 United States
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This event has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back once it is safe for people to gather and I will post future events like this one. Come join me in North Georgia where Contemplative Outreach Atlanta is hosting an "Introduction to Centering Prayer" Workshop on May 30! 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,…

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June 2020

Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald: Christian Imagination Retreat

June 19 @ 5:30 pm - June 21 @ 11:30 am
Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW
Conyers, GA 30094 United States
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This event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is possible that this event may be offered at a future date or in an online form. Please visit this website again for updated information as it becomes available. I'll be returning to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA to lead this special retreat! Hope to see you there..., , , J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and George MacDonald: the Wisdom of the Christian Imagination J.R.R.…

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July 2020

Online Event: “Remaining Faithful in Unusual Times”

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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I'll be leading a presentation and reflection on the wisdom of Julian of Norwich particularly as it relates to the world we find ourselves in here in the summer of 2020: the world of pandemic, social distancing, the struggle against racism, and the challenge to remain faithful and hopeful during these most difficult times. This talk is free and open to the public — you just need to contact the pastor of Friendship Presbyterian Church to receive a Zoom invite.…

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Online Retreat: Praying with the Spanish Mystics

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - July 23 @ 3:30 pm
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My friends at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY have invited me "back" for another Zoom retreat. The theme of this retreat will be "Praying with the Spanish Mystics," focusing on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Ávila, and St. John of the Cross. We'll have a conference each day of the three day retreat; at each conference we will explore the life and teaching of one of these great mystics and pray together according…

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August 2020

Online Retreat: Wisdom of the Desert Mothers and Fathers

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - August 13 @ 4:00 pm
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Mepkin Abbey is sponsoring this online retreat based on the spirituality of the Desert Mothers and Fathers. Let's enter the "desert" of this extraordinary time of pandemic and social isolation together, turning to our desert elders for inspiration and spiritual guidance. The retreat begins with a conference the evening of Monday, August 10. Two conferences each day on Tuesday through Thursday, August 11-13, will combine reflection on the wisdom of the desert fathers with spiritual practices to help apply their…

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Mosaïek Conversations (Online Event)

August 29
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You are invited to an exciting online event that I'm honored to be part of. Mosaïek Conversations, sponsored by a church in South Africa, takes place the weekend of August 28 & 29, 2020. The event organizers asked fellow pilgrims on the spiritual journey to share the practices, hopes and ideas that stir their heart. My talk will be on silence (of course). The speakers include: Br Alois (from Taizé), Carolyn Arends, Lacy Finn Borgo, Shane Claiborne, Johan Geyser, Aaron Niequist, Parker J. Palmer, Ron Rolheiser,…

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September 2020

Online Retreat: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and George MacDonald: the Wisdom of the Christian Imagination

September 12 @ 9:00 am - September 13 @ 10:30 am
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This retreat has been rescheduled and moved online. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia are masterpieces of fantasy literature. Since both authors were committed Christians, these writings also are filled with spiritual insights and mystical wisdom. On this retreat we will reflect together on how Tolkien, Lewis, and their 19th-century predecessor, George MacDonald, offer timeless guidance that remains relevant to followers of Christ today. Suggested donation for this retreat is $45. Retreat…

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