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FALL MINI-RETREAT

Saturday, October 14, 2017

 
 

FEATURING STEPHEN HATCH

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PROTESTANT MYSTICISM

                             
   

 

Join us for this day of prayer, silence and spiritual enrichment in which Stephen Hatch will share his depth of knowledge and wisdom on the topic of “Protestant Mysticism”.


During the sixteenth century, consciousness in the West was beginning to turn back on itself in an intensely heightened way. People had a sense of the individual self that resembled a pressure-cooker, often to the point of feeling completely alienated from God. Individuals worried excessively about their eternal destiny and desperately needed to find assurance and escape from the oppressive claustrophobia of the separate self. The development of Protestant mysticism was the result.

 

In this mini-retreat, we will explore various ways in which union with God was practiced in the new context of ultra-individuality. We’ll examine the mystical side of Martin Luther, the Calvinist turn toward Nature as a place to find God, the Quaker path of silent meetings and spiritual social work as sources for divine union (with special attention given to the teachings of Black mystic Howard Thurman), and the Shaker ability to find God in exquisite craftsmanship. Special attention will be given to the “Invisible Church” experience of the mystical wing of the Anabaptists and the spiritual theology of Lutheran mystic Jacob Boehme.


For the past three decades, Stephen Hatch has experimented with living as a "Worldly Monk," with a family, a business, and a daily rule of silence, solitude, meditation and hiking in nearby wild places. He has a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Colorado State University and an M.A. from Iliff School of Theology, where he specialized in Medieval Mysticism. Stephen is an adjunct professor at Naropa University, where he teaches Contemplative Christianity. He taught at The Center for Contemplative Living during the mid-90s, and trained with Father Thomas Keating in Centering Prayer in the mid-80s. Currently, he spends a lot of time doing landscape photography, linking it to his work in Wilderness Mysticism. He is author of the book: "The Contemplative John Muir." Stephen grew up as an evangelical Christian. His mother’s family members were prominent Pennsylvania Quakers.

 

 
Cost:   $60  
    Includes a continental breakfast, beverages, and a light lunch  
    Payment must accompany registration  
When:   Saturday, October 14  
 Time:   Registration: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  
    Presentation: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  
Registration:   Register ONLINE  
    - Or -  
    Print the FALL MINI RETREAT REGISTRATION FORM and mail it to the Center  
    You can also register by calling the Center at 303-698-7729  
    Register early, space is limited to 150 participants  
    Parking is limited so carpool, if possible  
Place:   Center for Contemplative Living  
    3650 Yates St. Denver, CO 80212  

 

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Special Event

Centering Prayer and World Transformation

Kess Frey

Featuring Kess Frey

                           
       
   

Kess will explore with us the topic of “Centering Prayer and World Transformation.” This involves the creation and transformation of our individual worlds as we grow from the consciousness of the human condition and our false self into that of our true Self or life in Christ. As the unconscious roots of these perspectives are changed by the divine action working in us, the individual world of our conscious experience in daily life also changes. “World Transformation” in this context also involves the evolution of a non-dual, unified planetary consciousness, such as that suggested by the French Jesuit priest, theologian, and scientist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

 

 

Kess Frey has studied Eastern and Western Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion since 1965. Kess met Thomas Keating in 1989 and has been involved with Centering Prayer ever since. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where he offers Introductory Centering Prayer Workshops, facilitates prayer groups and retreats, and is active in prison ministry.

 

 

Kess is the author of several books including: Human Ground Spiritual Ground, Paradise Lost and Found; The One Who Loves Us – Centering Prayer and Evolving Consciousness; and The Will of Divine Love: Centering Prayer and Spiritual Psychology. (Available through Contemplative Outreach Ltd.’s online bookstore.)

 
       
   

$30

 
   

Saturday, February 25

 
   

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 
    Thursday, February 23  
   

RYou can register ONLINE

 
   

Or, print the REGISTRATION FORM and mail it to the Center.

 
   

You can also register by calling the Center at (303) 698-7729

 
   

Center for Contemplative Living

 
   

3650 Yates Street, Denver, CO 80212

 

 

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Special Event

Featuring John Phillip Newell, celebrated author and renowned Christian teacher of spirituality

John Phillip Newall

'Thou: Seeking The Sacred At The Heart Of One Another'

                        
       
   

Using the insights of the great Jewish teacher Martin Buber, John Philip Newell will present a spirituality of relationship based on the practice of seeking the sacred at the heart of all things, including the sacredness within those who seem most different from us.

 

John Philip Newell, author of 'Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality', is one of the most prominent Christian teachers of spirituality in the Western world. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he now divides his time between Edinburgh, where he does most of his writing, and travelling and teaching internationally. In 2015 he became the Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Spirituality at Iliff School of Theology in Denver where he offers a course every Spring. And in 2016 he founded the School of Celtic Consciousness to deepen the vision and practice of Celtic Spirituality as a sacred resource for healing in the world today. Click here to access his web site.

 
       

Cost:

 

$40

 

When:

 

Thursday, March 30

 
   

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

 

Registration:

 

You can register ONLINE

 
   

Or, print the REGISTRATION FORM and mail it to the Center.

 
   

You can also register by calling the Center at (303) 698-7729

 

Where:

 

Center for Contemplative Living

 
   

3650 Yates Street, Denver, CO 80212

 

 

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Special Event

An Introduction To Islam and Sufism

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Featuring Dr. Ismail Akbulut and Dr. Ismail Demirkan

                           
       
   

Join us in an interfaith dialogue opportunity with Ismail Akbulut and Dr. Ismail Demirkan from the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation. Ismail and Ismail will introduce us to the religion of Islam, the religion of about 1.6 billion Muslims, and perhaps the most misunderstood religion in the West.

 

Islam is not a new religion, but rather the continuation of the Abrahamic faith tradition. Islam has outer and inner dimensions. The outer dimension is Islamic Law (Sharia) which deals with visible dimension of the religion: praying, fasting, giving alms, etc. The inner dimension is Sufism which deals with how the religion is perceived in an individual’s life. Sufism is nothing more than the spirit of Islamic Law. Therefore, Sufism is not a sect or denomination of Islam; it is the spiritual side of Islam.

 

 

Dr. Akbulut was born and raised in Germany. In 2007 he moved with his family to Colorado. Since 2009 he has served as the board president for the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Islamic Studies and Leadership at Bayan Claremont University in California.

 

 

Dr. Demirkan was born and raised in Turkey. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He currently serves as Director of Interfaith Dialogue for the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation.

 
       
   

$30

 
   

Saturday, February 11

 
   

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 
    Thursday, February 9  
   

You can register ONLINE

 
   

Or, print the REGISTRATION FORM and mail it to the Center.

 
   

You can also register by calling the Center at (303) 698-7729

 
   

Center for Contemplative Living

 
   

3650 Yates Street, Denver, CO 80212

 

 

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