Spiritual University, Fall 2018

Every Thursday, from 09/20/2018 to 11/15/2018, 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM

Cost: $25.00

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Spiritual University, Fall 2018

The Cloud of Unknowing

When: Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:15, September 20th, thru November 15th
Where: Church of the Nativity, Susan Baker Memorial Room
How: Contact the church office (245-9606) or pre-register online at
Cost: $25 (includes book; group order will be placed on September 5th)
Moderator:  The Rev. Emil Belsky
The Cloud of Unknowing, an anonymous 14th century text, is one of the prime sources for the practice of Centering/Contemplative Prayer, the glory of English mysticism, and one of the most practical and useful guides to finding union with God ever written.  The Cloud of Unknowing consists of a series of letters written by a monk to his student or disciple, instructing him (or her) in the way of divine union. Its theology is presented in a way that is remarkably easy to understand, as well as practical, providing advice on prayer and contemplation that anyone can use.
This course will be multi-faceted: it will feature a combination of private reading by participants, audio presentations from The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, group discussion, and the practice of Centering Prayer.
For this offering we will use Carmen Acevedo Butcher’s recent translation (2009) of The Cloud—the first to bring the text into a modern English idiom while remaining strictly faithful to the meaning of the original Middle English. Previous translations of The Cloud have tended to veil its intimate, even friendly tone under medieval-sounding language. Her translation has skillfully brought the text into language as appealing to modern ears as it was to its original readers more than five hundred years ago.
The offering will be moderated by The Rev. Emil Belsky.  Fr. Emil holds advanced degrees in Philosophy, Theology, and Christian Spirituality, has worked in the business world as a management consultant and in the area of mental health as a psychiatric counselor.
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