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October 2014

Introduction to World Mysticism

October 1 @ 7:00 PM - October 29 @ 9:00 PM
Emory Alpharetta Campus,
1725 Windward Concourse, Alpharetta, GA 3005 United States
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Central to many cultural trends is mysticism—a mysterious word that can be translated as “the spiritual principle at the heart of religion.” Many people believe mysticism is the golden thread that unites all the world’s religions, while others scoff at the idea. Decide for yourself in this class as we explore major themes and writings from the world’s great mystical traditions. Using Phyllis Zagano’s Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest: A Crosscultural Anthology as our textbook, we’ll examine the world’s great wisdom traditions—Taoism, Hinduism,…

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Essentials of Creative Writing

October 16 @ 7:00 PM - December 11 @ 9:00 PM
Emory Executive Park,
12 Executive Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 United States
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This class surveys the diversity and breadth of creative writing. We will discuss why fiction and creative nonfiction matter as literary genres and explore the essential elements of narrative storytelling. The course emphasizes critical reading as an indispensable skill for every serious writer. We will closely examine a variety of contemporary and classic works, identifying the techniques employed by distinguished authors, evaluating distinctions among genres, and assessing how these texts can inform our own writing goals. This is an intensive…

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All Souls Retreat in Springfield, OH

October 24 @ 5:30 PM - October 26 @ 7:00 PM

Carl McColman will be offering several events in Springfield Ohio the weekend of October 24-26, 2014. The theme of the weekend is “A Retreat for All Souls” and events include: Friday Evening: An Introduction to Christian Contemplative Practice — First Baptist Church, 638 South Fountain Avenue Saturday: Praying with the Saints: Learning to Sit with God and Deepen Your Spiritual Practice — First Baptist Church Sunday Morning: Contemplative Worship and Adult Education Forum — First Baptist Church Sunday Afternoon: Learning from…

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November 2014

Wisdom of the Christian Mystics

November 7 @ 5:00 PM - November 9 @ 1:00 PM
Monastery of the Holy Spirit,
2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094 United States
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Brother Elias Marechal, OCSO and Carl McColman are the leaders of this retreat. From the Desert Fathers to Julian of Norwich to Thomas Merton, Christian history is filled with stories of men and women who experienced a profound sense of God’s presence in their lives. Can the teachings of the mystics still speak to us today?  The mystics themselves would say “Yes.”  Furthermore, their message is not just for priests, monks or nuns, but is indeed meant for the entire…

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Contemplative Prayer for Beginners

November 10 @ 8:00 AM - November 14 @ 5:00 PM
Columbia Theological Seminary,
701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30031 United States
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When Elijah went to the mountain of the Lord and experienced the presence of God, traditional Bible translations say he encountered a “still small voice.” But the New Revised Version translates that same phrase as the sound of sheer silence! For centuries, Christian saints, scholars and mystics have recognized that silence is the key to spiritual growth — and that meditation and contemplation are the keys to silent prayer. But beginning (or deepening) a practice of meaningful, regular silent prayer…

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Introduction to Christian Mysticism

November 17 @ 7:00 PM - December 15 @ 9:00 PM
Emory Alpharetta Campus,
1725 Windward Concourse, Alpharetta, GA 3005 United States
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The renowned twentieth century German theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” What could he have meant by this? In the popular mind, mysticism is associated with eastern spirituality, like Yoga or Zen. But there is a little-known tradition of meditation and spiritual awakening even within Christianity. This non-sectarian class will survey the history of Christian mysticism from Biblical times to the present, explore the meaning of mysticism…

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January 2015

Adult Education at the Shrine

January 11, 2015 @ 10:20 AM - 11:20 AM
Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
48 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 United States
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Carl returns to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Atlanta to lead adult education. The topic is to be determined — but it will probably have to do with the book Carl is writing. This event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.

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Thomas Merton Day of Reflection

January 21, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Ignatius House,
6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328 United States
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January 31, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth. To celebrate, Carl McColman will be leading a Day of Reflection on the spirituality of Thomas Merton at the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta. Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Trappist monk, bestselling author and cultural critic, is one of the towering figures of twentieth century spirituality — not just Catholic spirituality, or even Christian spirituality, but world spirituality. Merton became one of the leading voices articulating the hunger for…

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The Spirituality of Pope Francis (Day Retreat)

January 24, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church,
1350 Hearst Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 United States
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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. The retreat takes place at Our Lady…

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February 2015

Exploring Christian Mysticism

February 2, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - March 2, 2015 @ 8:30 PM
St Thomas Aquinas Church,
535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004 United States
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Please note new dates! The renowned theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” In other words, to remain vital for the future, Christianity must transform itself from a dogmatic religion to an experiential spirituality. Like Sufism, Yoga or Zen, Christianity has its own mystical tradition of meditation and inner awakening. This class unpacks the history and core teachings of contemplative Christianity, and provides useful exercises for exploring the practical,…

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