Tending the spiritual lives of writers & readers.
When seekers trekked out to the desert in the early centuries of Christianity, the wise Abbas and Ammas there advised them to “go to your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.”
I’ve been mucking around in this pre-original-sin wisdom lately, and, let me tell you, it’s mind-bending. Mistakes, weaknesses, temptations, sins—Augustine hadn’t yet made of these cause for guilt and shame, so instead they’re understood as unavoidable, even necessary to the life of faith, and worthy of gratitude. In story after story, thieves create chances for the monks to release material attachments and exercise compassion. The devil comes not as the temptation to do bad things but rather as distracting thoughts. This is a topsy-turvy faith, barely recognizable today as Christianity. read more…
Second Fridays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Spiritual Memoir drop-in sessions at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.
September 8: Courage and Truth-telling
October 13: Mysticism
November 10: Holy Sexuality
December 8: The World Boiled Down to a Drop
September 25, 2017: Talk on memoir at LEAFS, the Life Enrichment Adult Forum, Christ Lutheran Church, Blaine, MN.
September 30, 9-12: Writing the Sacred Journey: An introductory workshop at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.
October 8, 2017, 1pm: Seeking the Spiritual in Prose and Poetry at Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina, MN.
October 25, 2017, 6:30pm: An evening exploring spiritual memoir at The Retreat with Women In Recovery.
October 27, 2017: Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice workshop at the Loft Literary Center.
November 17, 2017: The Revision Revival: A celebration of transformation in writing and book launch for Living Revision at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.
September 24-28, 2018: Alone Together: Living Revision at Madeline Island School of the Arts.