Mysticism in the Modern World

  • Course Dates: Friday, 13 Jul 2012, 6:30 PM - Sunday, 15 Jul 2012, 2:00 PM

doorway from monastery in Prague

This short course will introduce students to ways in which mysticism and contemporary society interact.

The aim of the course is to explore different ways in which the mystical is engaged by contemporary spirituality, both in terms of practice and at a more conceptual level.

So for example, the course will examine how mystical writings are being used within radical forms of church and why it is that secular cinema finds ancient mystical writers an inspirational topic. Is there something liminal about mysticism which makes it an appropriate vehicle through which to explore the boundaries of faith and humanity that makes it particularly exciting for the 21st century? And if so, what?

The course will focus particularly on Christian mysticism, but aims to approach the topic from a broad enough perspective that it will also resonate with students who are more familiar with other traditions of mystical writing.


Non-residential £140
Residential standard room £199
Residential en-suite room £229
Residential premier en-suite room £259

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Course Details:

  • Starts: Friday, 13 Jul 2012, 6:30 PM
  • Ends: Sunday, 15 Jul 2012, 2:00 PM
  • Tutors:
  • Tutor: Louise Nelstrop

    • Louise Nelstrop is Programme Leader for the MA in Christian Spirituality at Sarum College. Her main research interests are medieval mysticism and practical theology, particularly as it relates to the emerging church and to healthcare.

  • Tutor: Donna J Lazenby

    • Dr Donna J. Lazenby is an ordained Deacon of the Diocese of Southwark. She recently completed her doctoral thesis at Westcott House, University of Cambridge where she explored points of contact between the language and metaphysics of Christian mysticism and Woolf's literary aesthetics.