About the Desert Spirituality: Traditions of Christian Spirituality (Session 1) course
Traditions of Christian Spirituality Series
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Who are the desert ascetics? When and where did they emerge? How did they impact the early Christian movement? And what is “desert spirituality”? What might the ascetics and the desert tradition have to say to us today?
We will explore the movement of Christianity into the desert. Why? What were they seeking?
About the Tutor
Laura Swan OSB is the author of The Forgotten Desert Mother: Lives, Sayings, and Stories of Early Christian Women among other titles. Her passion is restoring women to the stories we tell.
Her interest in the Desert Tradition began with her entrance into the monastery and she has been a student of the Desert Tradition and desert spirituality ever since. She is the monastery archivist and journeys with our women in formation. She has several advanced degrees.
About the Series
This is the first session in a five-part series on five major strands of the Christian spiritual tradition: Desert, Benedictine, Franciscan, Ignatian and Quaker spiritualities.
Each session will be led by an expert on that form of Christian spirituality and will consider the foundation of the tradition and how it can speak to Christian spirituality today. Each session will include time for discussion.
The second session will consider Benedict of Nursia and his spirituality in creating his Rule as well as the influence the Rule has had on Benedictine monks for over a millennium, and how Benedictine spirituality can speak to us today.
The third session will consider the spirituality present in the writings by and about Francis of Assisi and his early followers and consider how their teachings may be of use today.
In the fourth session, we will examine Ignatian Spirituality which is well known for its dynamic and practical applications. In this course we will explore the variety of ways that Ignatian spirituality encourages a deepening relationship with the incarnate God who is continually creating possibilities.
The fifth and final session will provide a short introduction to the faith and practice of Quakers, exploring their history, development, theological vision and contemporary spirituality.
This series is presented in association with the Church Times.