Thursday, August 02, 2012
I just received the following announcement from "Beyond Awakening"
Please join us for:
“Encountering the Integral Christ in Evolutionary Dialog"
Sunday, August 5th, 2012
at 10:00am Pacific; 1:00pm Eastern; UTC/GMT-7
Please join us this Sunday, August 5th at 10:00 AM Pacific, for a conversation with contemporary Christian mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader Cynthia Bourgeault entitled “Encountering the Integral Christ in Evolutionary Dialog.”
Cynthia is a deep heart-centered mystic and contemplative teacher, who has helped thousands of people to deepen in Centering Prayer. But she is also a sophisticated modern and postmodern scholar. In that sense, she is something like a “Pandit” — integrating her inner knowing with her outer study.
Through her deep reading of the original and the newly discovered “lost” gospels, she has advanced contemporary understanding of what it is to contact Jesus’ esoteric spiritual transmission and instruction. What was he really teaching and inviting us to? How can we respond now, directly, to that living spiritual invitation? And how does that require and empower us to live our lives?
Cynthia says she often works with “heartbroken Christians” (in a deeply integrally-informed way, it should be noted.) She also finds fellowship with integral evolutionary thinkers and practitioners. She writes that "... there exists a possibility for making a new and deeper connection between old and new, inner and outer, in a way that neither trashes tradition nor trashes human beings standing on the outside, yearning to be invited deeper within." This all-quadrant approach to Christianity offers a fresh, healing and transformational spiritual school and positions it as one of the viable, critical solutions to our global crises.
She lives, speaks, and interprets holy texts through the heart, and yet with open eyes, she directly faces the challenges and diseases of Christianity in our time. She thus offers leadership in courageously engaging the deepest questions of her time. In this dialog with Terry Patten, Cynthia will consider the encounter with the Integral Christ in an emergent, evolutionary perspective.
To our evolution,
How to Participate:
"Encountering the Integral Christ in Evolutionary Dialog”
Sunday, August 5th at 10:00am Pacific*; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
*Find your local time
Listen live by phone or online, or download the recording anytime.
To listen live by phone, dial: 206-402-0100 (alternate #: 501-707-0312)
Then, enter Access Code: 272072#
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To download the audio after the teleseminar is complete go to the Beyond Awakening Audio Page
Join the Dialogue: About one hour into the dialogue, we'll open up the lines and you'll have the opportunity to interact with us directly over the phone or via Instant Message. Here's what to do:
1. To interact live by voice, dial into the conference line and wait until we ask for questions
2. Send us your question via Instant Message in the teleseminar window in the webcast interface on your computer.
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About Our Guest:
Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine, and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. She is the founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School.
Cynthia is the author of seven books: The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Wisdom Jesus, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Chanting the Psalms, and Love is Stronger Than Death. She has also authored or contributed to numerous articles and courses on the Christian spiritual life. She is a past Fellow of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural research at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN, and an oblate of New Camaldoli Monastery in Big Sur, California.
Cynthia continues to contribute to The Contemplative Society in her role as Principal Teacher and advisor. She passionately promotes the practice of Centering Prayer, and has worked closely with Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, Richard Rohr, as well as many other contemplative teachers and leaders within the Christian tradition as well as other spiritual paths.