Workshop: "Call to Detachment: Theology and Spirituality of Meister Eckhart" with Dr. Jim Finley and Dr. Charlotte Radler

The Center for Religion & Spirituality invite you to this public workshop with Dr. Jim Finley and Dr. Charlotte Radler.

This two-part workshop examines the mystical theology of Meister Eckhart (ca. 1260-1328), a Dominican teacher and preacher. Controversial in his life-time, Eckhart has exerted enormous influence on contemporary spirituality, theology, and philosophy. Eckhart crafts an audacious mystical theology that illuminates the unity of all of reality as well as the continuity between humanity and divinity, time and eternity.

Dr. Jim Finley will open the day with an introductory poetic exploration of Meister Eckhart’s foundational teachings.   Through moments of reflection and discussion, we will first sketch in the broad contours of Eckhart’s understanding of the spiritual path along which we can learn to stabilize in a habitual awareness of the divinity of each passing moment of our lives.

In the afternoon, Dr. Charlotte Radler will discuss Meister Eckhart’s mystical theology and will focus on such key themes as love, detachment, and mystical union.

In the brief time available to us, we hope to begin to bear witness to the depth and beauty of Eckhart’s teachings and to do so in a way that will make his teachings accessible to us in our ongoing search for God.  Time will be given for a brief period of shared silent meditation and discussion of the themes presented.   

 For information, please contact the Center at 310-338-2799 or

About Dr. Jim Finley
James Finley, Ph.D. lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where the world-renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director. He is the author of Merton's Palace of NowhereThe Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.

About Dr. Radler
Charlotte C. Radler, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Her area of expertise is the History of Christianity from antiquity to the Middle Ages with a special focus on ancient and medieval mysticism, especially Meister Eckhart. She has written several articles on the topic of mysticism and is currently working on a book on the role of love in Meister Eckhart's thought.

Saturday, February 8 at 10:30am to 3:30pm

University Hall, McIntosh (3999)
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Event Type

Speakers and Seminars


LMU Extension, Center for Religion and Spirituality


Extension Ministry Studies






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