Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: No
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Are you longing for a deeper spiritual path? Looking for a framework for understanding mystical experiences of women? Or just wanting to learn a little of the history and theology of mystical faith? This two-week course on Women Mystics in the Christian Tradition should help you with all of that!
We’ll start by looking at the definition, scriptural foundation and history of mysticism through the lens of women mystics in various eras. Then we’ll explore several women mystics and their writings more deeply. Finally, we’ll discuss how (or if) the faith of these women can inform our spiritual lives today.
Participants should expect to spend an hour a day online in reading and responding, which will earn a completion certificate. There will also be one optional Zoom meeting. There are no other books or materials needed for the course.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Past Students Said…
“I learned the definition of mysticism, that there were Jewish women mystics, information about 20th century women mystics, and that medieval women mystics used the idiom of love to describe their mystical experiences.”
About the Instructors
Dr. Asayo Okumura Thomas is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ of the Metropolitan Association, New York Conference.
She was born and raised in Japan, breathing in the grace and embraced by the love through her mother’s bodhisattva sutra chanting. Her doctoral research project at the New York Theological Seminary was “The Sea of Silence: Ceaseless Renewal of the Mind and Heart in Unification of the Trinity through Mindful Meditation.”
Currently, she serves at the Community Church of the Pelhams as an assistant pastor for spiritual development. Her spiritual gift is to invite people to open their hearts gently and naturally to be reunited with the love of God through a mindful meditation with biblical verses in Lectio Divina or the ancient Mystic method. She loves to be in nature, like floating on the ocean wave, walking in the forest communicating with trees, and contemplating in birds singing or simply silence.
Living out her mission to “Empower others through training and education,” Beth Perry has been an instructor with BeADisciple since 2010.
She has been active in Safe Sanctuary/Safe Church training for almost two decades, training more than 300 congregations on reducing the risk of abuse in the church. She also leads Lay Servant approved 2-week courses on spiritual gifts, teaching adults, biblical interpretation, and accountable discipleship, as well as shorter workshops on topics like meditation and mysticism.
She was ordained in the United Methodist Church but now has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1994 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Elizabethtown College. In addition to 25 years of pastoral and chaplaincy experience, she teaches religion, philosophy, critical thinking, sociology, and general education courses for the University of Phoenix in New Jersey and Mercy College.
You can learn more by visiting her website at www.bethperry.net.