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Way back in 2005, I started a Meetup on the topic of Christian Mysticism. I was the organizer of the Atlanta Christian Mysticism Meetup for almost two years, and during that time made a number of new friends, most notably Mike Morrell, who has practically introduced me to the entire Emergent Church Community. I think it’s fair to say that The Big Book of Christian Mysticism would never have been read (and endorsed) by people like Brian McLaren and Phyllis Tickle if I hadn’t met Mike. So, needless to say, I think starting this meetup was one of the smarter things I ever did.

In 2007 when I started writing The Big Book, I gave up the Meetup, and it was taken over by a church called the Center of Light. While I don’t see exactly eye-to-eye with the Center of Light folks on some issues, I liked the husband and wife team who were the priests of the Atlanta Center of Light, and so it seemed to be a reasonable home for the meetup. Indeed, they kept the meetup active up until the middle of last year. But recently I visited the page and noticed that they hadn’t organized a meeting since last summer. I emailed one of the priests to see what was going on, and found out that the Atlanta Center of Light was closing. They were moving to another part of the country, and leaving the meetup group effectively orphaned.

So, not wanting to see it die, I re-upped as the group organizer.

I’m not sure what this means, other than soon (perhaps as early as February) we’ll start regular meetings again. This means that, once a month, in a public setting somewhere in the Metro Atlanta area, people will be invited to gather to share a cup of coffee or tea and have conversation on Christian mysticism and contemplative spirituality.

Sound like fun? Well, if you’re in the Atlanta area, I hope you’ll join us. And if you’re not nearby, perhaps there’s a Christian mysticism meetup in your city (and if not, you could always start your own).

Click here to join the Atlanta Christian Mysticism Meetup Group: www.meetup.com/AtlantaChristianMysticism