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
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Join me this summer at the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta for a special three-night retreat called “Praying with the Saints and Mystics: Nurturing a Deeper Relationship with God.” This silent retreat will include ample time for personal prayer, conferences each day to invite us deeper into our prayer through the wisdom of the saints and mystics, and the beautiful facility and grounds of Ignatius House!

Date: July 19, 2018—July 22, 2018
Event: Praying with the Saints and Mystics: A 3 Night Retreat at Ignatius House
Topic: Praying with the Saints and Mystics
Sponsor: Ignatius House
Venue: Ignatius House
(404) 255-0503
Location: 6700 Riverside Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
Public: Public
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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
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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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I love Mepkin Abbey, and I’m so happy to be returning there in June to lead a retreat on the wisdom of the Christian Mystics. The retreat is fully booked, but contact the St. Francis Retreat Center at Mepkin Abbey if you’d like to be on the waiting list.

Date: June 4, 2018—June 8, 2018
Event: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics at Mepkin Abbey
Topic: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics
Sponsor: Mepkin Abbey
(843) 761-8509
Venue: St. Francis Retreat Center
(843) 761-8509
Location: 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
USA
Public: Public
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I’m leading a one-day workshop on Christian meditation and contemplative prayer at the New York Open Center. Our time together will include instruction and practice in silent prayer, time for personal and group reflection, and my reflections on how we can incorporate the life-transfiguring wisdom of the mystics into our lives today. Although centered on Christian spirituality and practice, this workshop is presented in an inclusive way that is appropriate for people of all faith traditions and all experience levels. Hope to see you there!

Date: April 22, 2018
Time: 09:30 a.m.-04:00 p.m.
Event: Be Still and Know: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Christian Contemplation and Meditation
Topic: Be Still and Know: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Christian Contemplation and Meditation
Sponsor: New York Open Center
(212) 219-2527
Venue: New York Open Center
(212) 219-2527
Location: 22 E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
USA
Public: Public
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Mepkin Abbey

I’m so excited to be leading a retreat at Mepkin Abbey, the Trappist Monastery in South Carolina. This will be the first retreat I’ve led at Mepkin, and our topic will be one of my favorites: the Spirituality of Celtic Christianity. If you’re not familiar with Mepkin, it is a small but vibrant community of monks, with beautiful liturgy and a gorgeous setting, north of Charleston (you can see the city skyline from the riverbank). Mepkin has a small guesthouse and this retreat will likely fill up quickly, so if you’re interested, register now.

Date: March 16, 2018—March 18, 2018
Event: Celtic Spirituality Retreat at Mepkin Abbey
Topic: Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: Mepkin Abbey
Venue: Mepkin Abbey
(843) 761-8509
Location: 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd.
Monck's Corner, SC 29461
Public: Public
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Holy Cross Monastery Church

Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY is rapidly becoming one of my favorite places to lead (or make) a retreat. I’m so happy to be returning to Holy Cross this April to direct a retreat built around the theme of pilgrimage, drawing on the wisdom of the ancient Celts, Teresa of Ávila, and C. S. Lewis. Come explore your journey of faith with me — and the Benedictine monks of Holy Cross Monastery!

Date: April 17, 2018—April 20, 2018
Event: Mapping Your Journey of Faith: Guidance from C. S. Lewis, Teresa of Avila, and the ancient Celts
Topic: Mapping Your Journey of Faith
Venue: Holy Cross Monastery
Location: 1615 Route 9W (or Broadway)
West Park, NY 12493
USA
Public: Public
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Join me at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, TX on January 19 and 20 where I will be giving a talk on Friday night and leading a day retreat on Saturday. Our theme is “Embracing Deep Rest in Turbulent Times.” We’ll be reflecting on how contemplative spirituality is a way to receive the peace and deep rest which Jesus himself promises to us.

Date: January 19, 2018—January 20, 2018
Event: "Embracing Deep Rest in Turbulent Times" — SPELL Symposium in Southlake, TX
Topic: Embracing Deep Rest in Turbulent Times
Sponsor: White's Chapel United Methodist Church
817-481-4147
Venue: White's Chapel United Methodist Church
817-481-4147
Location: 185 S White Chapel Boulevard
Southlake, TX 76092
USA
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I’m teaching a new class for the Emory Continuing Education Creative Writing Progam this fall. It’s a blogging class — with an emphasis on how to write effective and engaging blog posts. It’s ideal for anyone with a blog, whether it’s a business blog or a more personal (or spiritual!) project. If you live in Atlanta and want to explore blogging with me, I hope to see you there.

Event: Blogging: Effective Writing for Your Personal or Professional Blog

I’m a featured presenter at the 2016 “Super Seminar” sponsored by the International Association of Conference Center Administrators. My topic: Benedictine Spirituality and the Mission of Church Camps and Conference Centers. If you’re a member of IACCA, I hope to see you there.

Date: April 27, 2016
Event: IACCA "Super Seminar"

I’m so pleased to be heading to Florida April 1-3 to lead a retreat on behalf of the Bishops Institute for Ministry and Leadership, specifically for college students. The retreat has been organized on behalf of the Episcopal campus ministries at the University of Florida, University of North Florida, and Florida State — but students from other campuses are welcome.

Date: April 1, 2016—April 3, 2016
Event: Florida College Student Retreat
Sponsor: The Bishop's Institute for Ministry and Leadership
Venue: Camp Weed
Location: Live Oak, FL 32060
Public: Private
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I’ll be teaching this class on the history and basic concepts of Christian mysticism through Emory University’s continuing education program. It’s a fun class that approaches the topic from an inclusive perspective, as we seek to understand what the mystics have to tell us and why their wisdom remains relevant today. Class meets weekly for five weeks; we’ll be reading The Big Book of Christian Mysticism.

Date: April 25, 2016—May 23, 2016
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Event: Introduction to Christian Mysticism
Topic: Christian Mysticism
Sponsor: Emory University Continuing Education
404-727-6000
Venue: Emory Continuing Education
Location: 6 Executive Park Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
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This image comes from Flickr. The owner gave me non-profit permission, so we would have to go back to him to see about using it on a book cover.

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
404-255-0503
Venue: Ignatius House
Location: 6700 Riverside Drive 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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