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Adult Forum - Neil O'Farrell, "The Desert Fathers"

A Mystical Lent: Reflections on Writings of History’s Great Mystics, a Three Part Series

MAR 19 – The Desert Fathers
MAR 26 – Dark Ages Mystics Week
APR 2 – The Mystics of the Millennium

Although the subject may sound dry and academic, what we will explore is nothing of the sort. The writings of the mystics give us an invitation to mark Lent and Easter not on the basis of self-abnegation and enumerating our “grievous faults,” but rather as a life discipline in deep exploration of our incarnational relationship with the Creator. Lent is a renewing spiritual practice the doesn’t merely get us through the forty day before Easter. Instead, it welcomes us to join with Christ is our own resurrection from the tombs of human limitations. In a period of a thousand years between the dawn of the Christian church and the hinge-point of the second millennium the theology of the mystics urges us not to be constrained by dogma. Rather, we are invited to deepen relationships as the only means of understanding Jesus, his birth, teachings, suffering, and resurrection, and how to live into this Christian age.

This event will take place in the Gallery

Earlier Event: March 15
Vestry Meeting
Later Event: March 19
EEC Discussion Group about Racism