About the Ignatian Spirituality: Traditions of Christian Spirituality (Session 4) course
Traditions of Christian Spirituality Series
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Ignatian Spirituality, appreciated for its orientation to contemplation in action and the faith that does justice, has deep roots in scripture and the cultivation of a more interactive relationship with God.
In this course we will explore some of the spiritual practices that stimulate deepening encounter with God and solidarity with others.
About the Tutor
Dr. Gillian Ahlgren is Professor Emerita of Theology at Xavier University. A specialist in the Christian mystical tradition, she has developed creative programming in Ignatian spirituality for women.
About the Series
This is the fourth 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 first session considers various questions such as: 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? Desert Spirituality course listing.
The second session considers 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. Benedictine Spirituality course listing.
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. Franciscan Spirituality course listing.
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.