CANCELLED - God is My Center: A Contemplative Retreat with Rev. Martin Laird


The Center for Religion & Spirituality invites you to this two-day, public "commuting" retreat with scholar and author Martin Laird, O.S.A. 

St. John of the Cross says it simply: "God is your center." In our own time, Howard Thurman, the famous preacher and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., has realized the very same truth: "There is in each of us an uncreated element." Neither John of the Cross nor Howard Thurman are saying anything original. Each has simply seen through the illusion of separation from God. Union with God is not something any of us needs to acquire. It only needs to be realized.

By means of self-forgetful release into the practice of contemplation, the illusion of separation from God is dispelled. We become so silent before God that the "before" drops away. Through times spent together in silent prayer, conferences, and discussion, we shall consider the subtle difficulties we meet in something so simple as stillness and consider why the sense of being separate from God is so convincing.

To Attend
Registration is open (click Buy Tickets button). For information, please contact the Center at 310-338-2799 or

About Rev. Laird
Martin Laird, O.S.A. has lectured and led retreats throughout the U.S., U.K., and the Republic of Ireland for many years. He is the author of a host of articles and books including Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation (each from Oxford University Press). He is currently preparing An Ocean of Light: Contemplation and the Ethics of Silence (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). He teaches at Villanova University, near Philadelphia, where he is Professor of Early Christian Studies.

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

University Hall, 1857
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Event Type

Speakers and Seminars


LMU Extension, Center for Religion and Spirituality


Extension Ministry Studies


$125 per person