Give yourself the gift of a mid-week retreat day! On April 20 I’ll be back at Ignatius House in Atlanta leading a “Day of Reflection” on the spiritual wisdom of Julian of Norwich. Our today together will include three conferences on the teachings of Julian, with plenty of time for silence, reflection, prayer, and enjoying the beautiful grounds of Ignatius House. Hope to see you there.

Date: April 20, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Event: Julian of Norwich Day of Reflection
Topic: Julian of Norwich
Sponsor: Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center
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Venue: Ignatius House
Location: 6700 Riverside Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
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I love the Ignatius House “Days of Reflection,” they’re like mini-retreats in the middle of the week. I hope you’ll join me in August for a special day of reflection when we will explore together the wisdom of St. Bernard of Clairvaux on one of my favorite topics: the love of God. Our day together will combine reflections with time for silence, sharing, a simple but tasty meal, and the chance to enjoy the lovely grounds of Ignatius House. See you there.

Date: August 17, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Event: Exploring the Love of God With St. Bernard of Clairvaux — Ignatius House Day of Reflection
Sponsor: Ignatius House
404-255-0503
Venue: Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center
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Location: 6700 Riverside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
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I love this class through Emory University’s Continuing Education: an exploration of the challenges and joys of inspirational nonfiction writing. It’s appropriate for all types of inspirational writing (regardless of your faith tradition) and can work both for those seeking publication and those who simply wish to improve their writing for their own joy.

Date: March 2, 2016—March 30, 2016
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Event: Inspirational Nonfiction Writing
Sponsor: Emory Continuing Education
404-727-6000
Venue: Emory Continuing Education
Location: 6 Executive Park Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
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I’ll be leading a retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA on the weekend of February 19-21. The theme for the retreat will be “Creating Your Personal Rule of Life.” Hope to see you there!

Date: February 19, 2016—February 21, 2016
Event: "Creating Your Personal Rule of Life" Retreat
Topic: Personal Rule of Life
Sponsor: Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Venue: Monastery of the Holy Spirit Guesthouse
(770) 760-0959
Location: 2625 Highway 212 SW
Conyers, GA 30094
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In April 2016 I’ll be returning to one of my favorite conference centers, Montreat (near Asheville, NC), to lead a workshop/ retreat on the Wisdom of the Christian Mystics. The event will combine prayer and story, conversation and silence, as we explore the wisdom of the great mystics and contemplatives and how their teachings can help us today in our response to Divine Love.

This program is co-sponsored by the Montreat Conference Center and Columbia Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning. This counts as an elective toward Columbia’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation.

 

Date: April 21, 2016—April 24, 2016
Event: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics
Sponsor: Columbia Seminary Center for Lifelong Learning
404-687-4577
Venue: Montreat Conference Center
800.572.2257
Location: 401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757
Public: Public
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I’ll be leading a Lenten Day of Reflection at the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.  Our theme with be “Hospitality as a Lenten practice.” Hope to see you there.

Date: February 17, 2016
Time: 09:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Event: Lenten Day of Reflection
Topic: Lenten Day of Reflection
Sponsor: Ignatius House
404-255-0503
Venue: Ignatius House
404-255-0503
Location: 6700 Riverside Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
Public: Public
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I’m honored to be presenting a Saturday morning program on Lay Cistercian Spirituality at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio Texas.

Date: February 6, 2016
Time: 09:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. CST
Event: Restless Hearts: Befriending Silence
Topic: Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality
Sponsor: Oblate School of Theology
210-341-1366 x 212
Venue: Oblate School of Theology
Location: 285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio, TX 78216
Public: Public
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Every year for the past several, I’ve been invited to teach one Sunday morning class to Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church’s RCIA candidates. This year I’ll be there on January 31, speaking about the spirituality of the sacraments of Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony — which will expand to include some thoughts on Catholic spirituality in general.

Date: January 31, 2016
Time: 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Event: RCIA at OLA
Sponsor: Our Lady of the Assumption RCIA
Venue: Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church
Location: 1350 Hearst Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
Public: Private

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On January 9 I’ll be returning to St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Brookhaven, GA, where I will be sharing with the Daughters of the King about the gifts of Cistercian spirituality, why “evangelism” is not a dirty word, and how spirituality is a way of life.

Date: January 9, 2016
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Event: Talk on Cistercian Spirituality
Sponsor: St Martin-in-the-Fields Daughters of the King
Venue: St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church
Location: 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE
Brookhaven, GA  30319
Public: Private

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I’ll be leading a day retreat at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville, GA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Our topic will be the “Jubilee Year of Mercy.” During our time together, we will reflect on the nature of God’s mercy, on how to deepen our prayer life, and practical ways we can live in response to God’s call to be a “people of mercy.”

Date: November 14, 2015
Time: 09:00 a.m.-03:15 p.m.
Event: Embracing the Jubilee Year of Mercy
Topic: Jubilee Year of Mercy
Sponsor: St. Gabriel's Catholic Church
Venue: St. Gabriel's Catholic Church
770-461-0492
Location: 152 Antioch Road
Fayetteville, GA 30215

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I am honored and excited to be traveling to Jacksonville, FL to facilitate a Laity and Clergy Spiritual Retreat for the Episcopal Bishop of Florida’s Institute for Ministry and Leadership. We will be explore the riches of Christian spirituality from England, including the wisdom of mystics like Julian of Norwich and The Cloud of Unknowing, and reflect on how the wisdom of the past can help us grow closer to God today. Everyone is welcome.

Date: November 20, 2015—November 21, 2015
Event: Laity and Clergy Spiritual Retreat
Sponsor: The Bishop's Institute for Ministry and Leadership
Venue: The Episcopal Center at Camp Weed
Location: 11057 Camp Weed Place
Live Oak, FL 32060
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Pope Francis praised Thomas Merton before Congress last month. Come join me as I lead a retreat celebrating the spiritual wisdom of this amazing monk.

I’m 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.

Hope to see you there! Click here to for information or to register: www.rockhilloratory.net/events/event/thomas-merton

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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I’ll giving a public talk/discussion on the topic of “The Church in the 21st Century” at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Calhoun, GA on Sunday, October 18. Drawing on the work of Karl Rahner, Phyllis Tickle, and others, this will be a hope-filled but honest consideration of how Christianity as an institution is changing — and how individual Christians have an opportunity for both personal and social transformation in its midst. Whenever I give this talk I’m always moved by the depth of insight and faith that people bring to this discussion. Please join us and be part of the conversation!

Date: October 18, 2015
Time: 05:00-07:00 p.m.
Event: "The Once and Future Christian" — St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Calhoun, GA
Topic: Christianity in the 21st Century
Venue: St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
(706) 629-1056
Location: 224 Tramell Street
Calhoun, Georgia 30701
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I’ll be returning to Ignatius House in northwest Atlanta on October 26 for a day of reflection in honor of Saint Teresa of Ávila. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Saint Teresa’s birth, and so this day will be a time for us to ponder some of her profound spiritual teachings and reflect on how her wisdom can bring light to our lives, here in the twenty-first century.

Date: October 26, 2015
Time: 09:00 a.m.—03:00 p.m.
Event: Teresa of Ávila Day of Reflection
Venue: Ignatius House
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Location: 6700 Riverside Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
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In January I will be in West Park, NY, leading a contemplative prayer retreat at the Order of the Holy Cross monastery. It will be an opportunity to relax, enjoy the serenity and beauty of the monastery, to pray both alone and with the monks, and to reflect on the gifts of prayer and spirituality that are at the heart of the Christian life.

Date: January 15, 2016—January 17, 2016
Event: Contemplative Retreat in West Park, NY
Topic: Contemplative Prayer
Sponsor: Holy Cross Monastery
845.384.6660 x3002
Venue: Holy Cross Monastery
845.384.6660 x3002
Location: 1615 Route 9W
West Park, NY 12493
USA
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