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Study Nights - Overhearing Spirituality

Our latest course, Christian Spirit: History, Theory Practise, explores the fascinating development of Christian Spirituality. Our class is intended to be experimental, that is, to apply the practices of Scripture and the Spiritual Classics in order to test and taste for ourselves the flavor of Christian spirituality, and to develop our own contextually relevant expression of living life in Christ. Learning in the context of a living community allows us to connect the principles and practices of the Spirit to a flesh and blood situation. According to Kierkegaard, the gospel is not so much heard as it is overheard. In this spirit we invite you to "listen in" on a series of letters written from one sister, a student in the course, to another, curious about Christian Spirituality. We hope that fellow pilgrims are encouraged to explore their own context for spirituality as they overhear us.

Defining Christian Spirituality

Spirituality needs to engage a tradition in order to be accountable. A Christian Spirituality needs to understand the Christian tradition that informs it apart from the cultural wrappings... (more)

Types of Christian Spirituality

Although there are many Christian spirituality, they are each an authentic expression of people who have a lived experience of God through Christ... (more)

Christianity and Culture

We've been looking at how Christianity is interpreted differently by different groups of people. H. Richard Niebuhr identifies five ways that Christianity gets expressed in the world... (more)

Principalities and Powers

Redemption means actually being liberated from the oppression of the Powers, and being engaged in liberating the Powers themselves from their bondage to idolatry... (more)

Hearers and Doers of the Word

The significance of Christ can only be understood by reading the Bible as a whole story. Even themes and metaphors such as salvation, shepherd, way and truth take on a much broader meaning... (more)

Introduction to Origen

What does Origen's understanding of the Good News offer to our lives? Origen encourages the reading of Scripture as a living source that speaks to us, to our personal human condition today... (more)

Origen's Allegorical Method

Origen invites us to enter Scripture and listen to what God is saying. He says that we need to learn the symbolic language of God by coming to the Scripture with an intention and openness to learn... (more)

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina as a way of prayer emphasizes how our life as Christians is rooted in relationship. A life of love and devotion is to come out of our love for God, in response to being loved by God... (more)

Journey, Ascent and Development

Three classical metaphors have been used throughout the history of Christianity to describe the spiritual journey: Journey, Ascent and Developmental... (more)

Introduction to Niebuhr

Niebuhr's thought grew out of a response to the liberal theology prevalent in America that had lost its connection with the basic tenets of the Christian message... (more)

Reconstruction of Faith

How does this reconstruction of faith take place? Niebuhr clearly says that it is in our weakness that we come to understand how God is our friend... (more)

Niebuhr's Understanding of Revelation

Niebuhr defines revelation as a shared event among people that touches us deeply, tells us what it means to be human in relation to God and makes all other events in our lives intelligible... (more)

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