Mindful Christianity: Practicing with the Mystics

Rev. Jim Burklo
Mindful Christianity: Practicing with the Mystics

February 18 – 20  (Krotona Classroom and Zoom)
Friday 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Saturday 10 am – noon and 2 – 4 pm,
Sunday 10 am – noon PST
Rev. Burklo will begin by leading us in mindfulness practice, and then reflecting on our experience. What or who is being mindful during this practice?  The awareness implicit in this question is the doorway into contemplatio, or union with the divine. Through this opening, we will survey the experiences and insights of the mystics of Christianity throughout the history of the faith.  What steps did the Christian mystics take toward contemplatio?  How did they describe the spiritual journey?  How can we integrate contemplative practice with public liturgy and private devotion?  How can we participate in the Christian mystical tradition in forms fitting for our time? Rev. Burklo will describe and interpret monastic concepts, and lead participants in practices including lectio divina, adoration of the blessed sacrament, the Jesus Prayer, and hesychasm.  Participants are encouraged to read Rev. Burklo’s book Tenderly Calling: An Invitation to the Way of Jesus to prepare for this program.
Single Session $15, Series $50
Rev. Jim Burklo is the Senior Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at the University of Southern California and is co-founder of Mindful USC, which offers free introductory courses to thousands of students and staff.  An ordained United Church of Christ pastor, he is the author of seven books on progressive Christianity and his weekly blog, “Musings,” has a global readership. Rev. Burklo is an honorary advisor and frequent contributor to ProgressiveChristianity.org, as well as a board member. He is the founder of Souljourning.org, providing interfaith resources for nurturing the natural spirituality of people aged 0-21.  He formerly served as a parish pastor, campus minister, and organizer/executive director of an interfaith ministry for people experiencing homelessness. He lives with his wife Roberta in Ojai, CA; together they are blessed with three children and four grandchildren.

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