Spiritual University is in its seventh year as an ecumenical, interfaith project of progressive thought and learning sponsored by Episcopal Church of the Nativity. People of all faith traditions or none at all are welcome. Courses are offered three times yearly - Fall, Winter, and Spring. A nominal tuition fee is charged for each course but scholarships are available if payment is a hardship!
2018 FALL TERM
"THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING"
Thursdays 6:30 - 8:15 pm, Sept. 20 - November 15, 2018
This 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 by The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, 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.
Tuition fee for this 9-week course is $25.00.