Miann: The Ardent Desire for God

I’m preparing for a retreat I’ll be leading in Scotland next month, and so I’m reading a book called Island Spirituality: Spiritual Values of Lewis and Harris by Alastair McIntosh. In the book, he tells of a conversation he had with a Free Church (Presbyterian) pastor named Rev. Calum MacDonald. We sat down over a cup […]

I’m leading a retreat called “Growing in Faith and Trust” at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. Come spend a weekend praying with the Trappist monks and reflecting with me on how prayer, trust, and a generous heart work together to help us grow spiritually — and find joy in the journey. The retreat begins on Friday, June 21 and runs through Sunday, June 23, 2019.

To register for this retreat, call (770) 760-0959 (if no one answers, leave a message — this is a monastery, not a hotel!)

Date: June 21, 2019—June 23, 2019
Event: The Spirituality of Trust Retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Topic: Growing in Faith and Trust
Sponsor: Monastery of the Holy Spirit Retreat House
(770) 760-0959
Venue: Monastery of the Holy Spirit
(770) 760-0959
Location: Conyers, GA 30094
Public: Public

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Hope you can join me (and the good folks at Haw Creek Commons) on the Saturday after Easter for a special day-retreat.

Poetry is where storytelling and contemplation meet one another. With this idea as our starting point, our day will weave together silence, reflection and prayer based on the themes of contemplation, social action, community building, and deep trust. We will take a closer look at the poetry and wisdom of several contemporary figures — poets like Thomas Merton and Mary Oliver, along with the insight of contemplative teachers like Martin Laird or Julian of Norwich. We’ll combine generous time for prayer, meditation, personal reflection, and journaling with opportunities for small group sharing.

This event is paired with a Friday evening program, Storytelling as a Subversive Art. Register separately for each event.

Date: April 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Event: "Poetry, Prayer and Protest" Day of Reflection
Topic: Poetry, Prayer and Protest
Sponsor: Haw Creek Commons
(828) 412-0949
Venue: Haw Creek Commons
(828) 412-0949
Location: 311 Old Haw Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805
Public: Public
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Please join me at the Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, CT for a “Holy Wells and Thin Places” Celtic spirituality retreat, May 17-19, 2019!

Date: May 17, 2019—May 19, 2019
Event: Celtic Retreat in Connecticut
Topic: Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: Copper Beech Institute
Venue: Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
Location: 303 Tunxis Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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Are you interested in learning the basics of Centering Prayer? If so, come to this  introductory workshop that I will be co-facilitating with Maggie Winfrey, the director of Contemplative Outreach Atlanta.

Centering Prayer is a type of Christian prayer based on the teachings of great mystics like the Desert Mothers and Fathers and the author of The Cloud of Unknowing. It is a wonderful means for entering into silence as a way of prayerfully making yourself available to the presence of God. Grounded in scripture and the teachings of the great saints and mystics, it is a beautiful and meaningful spiritual practice that can be learned in a day — and that yields spiritual fruit over a lifetime.

This introductory workshop is sponsored by Contemplative Outreach Atlanta and takes place at the beautiful Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center. Hope to see you there!

Date: May 22, 2019
Time: 09:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Event: Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop
Sponsor: Contemplative Outreach Atlanta
404.717.6815
Venue: Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center
404.255.0503
Location: 6700 Riverside Drive, NW
Atlanta GA 30328
USA
Public: Public
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NEW from Carl McColman: Coming in September 2019! Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught — and Why That’s Okay We speak of spirituality as a “journey,” which implies not only a destination toward which we travel, but countless adventures encountered along the way. The journey is the destination—both at once. We may all be trying […]

Join me this winter at the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta for a special three-night contemplative retreat called “Two Paths to Contemplative Prayer: Spiritual Wisdom from St. Ignatius and Thomas Merton .” This silent retreat will include ample time for personal prayer, conferences each day to invite us deeper into our prayer through the wisdom of St. Ignatius and Merton, and the beautiful facility and grounds of Ignatius House — gorgeous even in the winter!

Date: January 31, 2019—February 2, 2019
Event: Two Paths to Contemplation: A 3 Night Retreat at Ignatius House
Topic: Contemplative Prayer
Sponsor: Ignatius House
Venue: Ignatius House
(404) 255-0503
Location: 6700 Riverside Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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This year at the Oratory in Rock Hill, SC, I’m leading a Friday/Saturday retreat called Praying in the Thin Places: the Wisdom of the Celtic Saints. You can register for just Friday evening, for just Saturday, or for both days. Registration is delightfully “old school” — you can call the Oratory at 803-327-2097 or download this PDF, fill it out and mail it in with your registration fee! Click here to download the registration form.

Date: October 19, 2018—October 20, 2018
Event: Celtic Retreat at the Oratory in Rock Hill, SC
Topic: Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: The Oratory Center for Spirituality
803-327-2097
Venue: The Oratory at Rock Hill
803-327-2097
Location: 434 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29731
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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Join me in October for a special online course exploring the spirituality of the Celts — through the poetry and prayers of the Carmina Gadelica!

Spirituality and Practice is one of the “hubs” for online spiritual learning, and this is my second course on Celtic spirituality with them! This course is designed both for beginners and for those who took last year’s course.

We will be exploring traditional Celtic prayers, poems, and incantations — and looking at how the down-to-earth wisdom of the Celtic people has much to teach us even in today’s world.

The online course includes emails from me, interaction in our online “Practice Circle,” and a conference call I’ll be hosting in late October.

Hope to connect with you there!

Date: October 8, 2018—November 2, 2018
Event: Online Course: Poetry and Prayer from the Celtic Tradition
Topic: Celtic Wisdom
Sponsor: Spirituality and Practice
Venue: Online Course
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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Answering the Call to Pray (March 23, 2019) is a day-retreat for tending to the most important of all quests: seeking the presence and love of God in our lives, to equip us to live more faithfully and joyfully as Christians in today’s world. Hope to see you there!

Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 09:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Event: Lenten Retreat Day at the Cathedral of St. Philip
Topic: Answering the Call to Pray
Sponsor: Cathedral Bookstore, Cathedral of St. Philip, Cathedral of Christ the King, and Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
Venue: Cathedral of Saint Philip
Location: 2744 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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I’ll be back in north Florida for this two-day retreat/workshop on contemplative dimensions of lay ministry and lay leadership. While the focus of our time together will be how vital contemplative spirituality is for anyone who has a leadership role in their neighborhood church, I think it should be of interest to anyone who feels drawn to contemplative spirituality.

Read more about this retreat (and register for it) by clicking here: Lay Leadership Retreat with Carl McColman

Date: November 2, 2018—November 3, 2018
Event: A Vocation of Love: Prayer and Our Covenant in Christ: A Lay Leadership Retreat with Carl McColman
Topic: A Vocation of Love
Sponsor: Episcopal Diocese of Florida
Venue: Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center
386-364-5250
Location: 11057 Camp Weed Place
Live Oak, FL 32060
USA
Public: Public
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To live prophetically, you’ve got to be questioning and looking at factors behind the facts. You’ve got to be aware that there are contradictions. In a certain sense, our prophetic vocation consists in hurting from the contradictions in society. This is a real cross in our lives today. For we ourselves are partly responsible.

Thomas Merton
Springs of Contemplation (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992), p. 157

Join me for an online learning experience this September: “Living Prayer: the Spirituality of Everyday Liturgy.”

This online course will explore how prayer and liturgy can be part of our day-to-day lives — not just for Sunday mornings or your annual retreat. Together we will read James K.A. Smith’s wonderful book You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, which is an accessible and user-friendly guide to the relationship between ritual, worship, and love — and how Christians can use these elements to foster healthy habits of ongoing spiritual growth.

Through prayer prompts, online discussions, and daily invitations into prayer, we will explore both personal and communal aspects of how we foster an ever-deepening, everyday relationship with the God of Love.

This class is an elective that counts toward the completion of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary. However, you do not have to be enrolled in the Certificate Program to participate in this class.

Early enrollment is recommended — class size is limited.

Date: September 10, 2018—October 6, 2018
Event: Online Course: Living Prayer, the Spirituality of Everyday Liturgy
Topic: Living Prayer
Sponsor: Columbia Theological Seminary Center for Lifelong Learning
lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu
Venue: Online Course
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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I’m excited to be leading a retreat for the first time at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI. Our theme will be “Exploring Celtic Spirituality.”

Date: August 17, 2018—August 19, 2018
Event: Celtic Retreat at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI
Topic: Exploring Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Venue: Franciscan Spirituality Center
(608) 791-5295
Location: 920 Market Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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On June 24, 2018 I’ll be the “Preacher of the Week” at the Lakeside Chautauqua in Lakeside, Ohio. Over the next four days I’ll offer a series of classes called “Faith for Living” and three afternoon workshops on different dimensions of Christian prayer. The topic of the week is “Lord, teach us to pray!” — I’ll be sharing insights from the great Christian mystics as to how everyone can deepen their relationship with God through prayer.

If you aren’t a member of the Chatauqua you’ll need a gate pass to enter the chautauqua — but complimentary passes are available for the Sunday morning service and also for the Faith for Living classes. Or, you can purchase an all-day pass to enjoy the chautauqua, and if you want to participate in the entire program, there are on-site hotels and B&Bs. Visit www.lakesideohio.com for more information.

Date: June 24, 2018—June 28, 2018
Event: Lakeside Chautauqua Preacher of the Week (Lakeside, Ohio) — June 24-28, 2018
Topic: Lord, Teach Us to Pray!
Sponsor: Lakeside Chautauqua
Venue: Lakeside Chautauqua
Location: 236 Walnut Avenue
Lakeside, Ohio 43440
USA
Public: Public
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