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Adult Formation

Retreat

The Cloud of Unknowing: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Christians
First Session: Wednesday, September 4
Then the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month: September 19 through December 5
7:15–8:30 p.m. • Common Room

You are invited to enter a profound and personal contemplative experience.

In this unique retreat, you will join the Master of The Cloud of Unknowing, who will guide you into a powerful encounter with the hidden, living God. Written during the turbulence of fourteenth-century England, this sacred text and its anonymous author capture the earliest contemplative teachings of Christianity. Within its pages lies powerful guidance for contemplation and centering prayer.

Presented by gifted professor, author and psalmist, Sr. Kathleen Deignan, C.N.D., this series will deepen your spirituality. You will discover the teachings of one of the great classics of the Christian Tradition, which has profoundly influenced classical and contemporary spirituality.

The Cloud of Unknowing offers unique guidance for anyone who desires intimate contact with God. As you will learn, the Master synthesizes ancient mystical insight with the vivid understanding of human nature. You will explore how the down-to-earth voice of this great teacher resonates with our own postmodern spiritual search. Indeed, as you read his letter of guidance to contemplatives, you will uncover an uncannily contemporary and universal message.

In these conferences, you will explore the sources of what has come to be known as “centering prayer.” You will discover its roots in the Desert Fathers and Mothers, emergent contemplatives who labored to “put on the mind and heart of Christ.” You will trace the unfolding of the sacred science of spiritual transformation through its earliest pioneers to its ongoing development in our day. In learning the practice of “dark” contemplation, you will come to sense the ineffable mystery and hiddenness.

This journey will draw you closer to life with God through the healing peace of “unknowing.” Let the wisdom of this timeless work guide your spiritual life today.

To register or for more information, contact Deacon Jerry Grabher at j.grabher3@gmail.com or 816.590.6205.

 


Adult Forum

Jesus and the Gospels
Sundays, September 8–December 22
9:15–10 a.m. • Haden Hall Purple Door Room

The figure of Jesus has tantalized both Christians and non-Christians who have sought definitive answers to questions about his words, his acts and even his very existence. For most of the last 2,000 years, the search for those answers has begun with the Gospels, but the Gospels themselves raise puzzling questions about both Jesus and the religious movement within which these narratives were produced. They also provide sometimes bewilderingly diverse images of Jesus. To register or for more information, contact Deacon Jerry Grabher at j.grabher3@gmail.com or 816.590.6205.

 


Abiding Prayer

Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate
Mondays, September 9–October 28
7:15–8:30 p.m. • Haden Hall Purple Door Room

Join us as we are guided through the long mystical tradition from early Christianity to our own time. This view into our mystical heritage opens our hearts to the Divine Mystery in which all are invited and surrounded. To register or for more information, contact Deacon Jerry Grabher at j.grabher3@gmail.com or 816.590.6205.

 


Women’s Bible Study

Luke for Everyone
Tuesdays
12:30–1:30 p.m. • Common Room

Women’s Bible Study meets for an hour or so on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Common Room. At the beginning of each session, members of the group read a passage from the current selected book or study guide and then see where the spirit takes them. Discussions are lively, thought-provoking, and often irreverent.  All are welcome. If you have the inclination, but not the book—come anyway and someone will share!

Congruent with Lectionary Year C, The Women’s Bible Study group is using Luke for Everyone by the Right Reverend N. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham (Church of England) as the inspiration for its weekly discussion. The book is available in the Cathedral Bookstore.

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