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Adult Formation


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 or 816.590.6205.


Adult Forum

Jesus and the Gospels
Sundays, September 8–November 17
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 or 816.590.6205.


Women’s Bible Study

Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent
12:30–1:30 p.m. • Common Room

Beginning Tuesday, November 26 and running through Tuesday, December 17 Women’s Bible Study will do a four-week study using Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent by Amy J. Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.  Through this series of lessons WBS will explore the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus, tracing the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem and the visit from the Magi. Conversations will center around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census, the stable, the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.

The book is now available in the Cathedral Bookstore for $14. For more information contact Candy McDowell at

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