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October 2014
$450

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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November 2014

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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$50

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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March 2015

History of English Spirituality

March 1, 2015 @ 10:10 AM - March 29, 2015 @ 11:10 PM
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,
435 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 United States
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Join Carl McColman when he returns to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown Atlanta for a special five-week series of adult education classes on The Story of English Spirituality: from the Celtic Saints to C. S. Lewis. This class runs on five consecutive Sundays, March 1 through 29, 2015; at 10:10 AM at St. Luke’s. This class recounts the history of Christian spirituality in the British isles, with a special emphasis on how the teachings of the past can inspire…

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Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

March 8, 2015 @ 8:00 AM - March 11, 2015 @ 5:00 PM
Montreat Conference Center,
401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States
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Carl McColman is one of several leaders for this program. Discover the key ideas and foundational practices for the grand adventure of life in the Spirit! During this Thursday-Sunday Spirituality Immersion Experience, you will explore the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition, while learning the formative elements of Biblical, monastic, and Reformed spirituality. Our schedule includes time for personal reflection through guided meditative journaling — an exercise for exploring your own unique journey with the living God. Getting to know your…

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Praying with Julian of Norwich

March 14, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church,
3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road , Atlanta, GA 30319 United States
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As part of the monthly meeting of the St. Martin in the Fields Chapter of the Daughters of the King, this program will explore how the wisdom of the medieval visionary and contemplative Julian of Norwich can guide us today as we seek to grow in prayer. This event is open to members of the Daughters of the King or to any woman who is interested in the DoK. For more information about the St. Martin in the Fields Chapter of…

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April 2015
$295

Inspirational Writing

April 22, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - May 20, 2015 @ 9:00 PM
Emory Executive Park,
12 Executive Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 United States
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Books with spiritual themes — from traditional religious writing to more fluid “new age” literature — remain one of the most vibrant and popular of nonfiction genres. But writing about faith, belief and spiritual experience poses unique challenges for both aspiring and seasoned authors. How do you proclaim your message, without sounding preachy or dogmatic? What elements are necessary to make a book interesting, compelling, and spiritually nurturing? How do you navigate the challenges when writing about controversial or innovative…

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