The ancient Christian monastic tradition cultivated a profound and meaningful way of reading and interpreting scripture in the context of prayer. Sometimes referred to as lectio divina, in this practice, silence, stillness and solitude are the teachers. Attention is critical. And a fully embodied response to the sacred text with one’s life is considered essential. To read the Word in the desert means risking transformation. In this class, we will consider the teachings and practices of the ancient Christian monastic tradition ask how these teachings and practices can be retrieved for own use in this historical moment.
Registration is open online. In the event the workshop is canceled, participants will be notified by Wednesday, the week of the workshop. Registration fees are refunded only if the workshop is canceled; no refund for partial attendance or no-show.
About the Speaker
Douglas E. Christie, Ph.D. is professor and chair of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches in the area of Christian Spirituality. His primary research interests focus on the contemplative traditions of ancient Christian monasticism, on spirituality and the natural world, and on practices of emptiness. He is the author of The Word in The Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism (Oxford), The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Note for a Contemplative Ecology (Oxford), and is the founding editor of Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality (Johns Hopkins).
Saturday, April 7 at 9:00am to 2:30pm
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045