Number of weeks: 1
Required books?: No
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
What are Christian mystics, and what do they contribute to our faith today?
The word “mysticism” in the Christian tradition is simply a search for union with God. In this five-day workshop, you’ll learn about several female Christian mystics. The course begins with introductions and then explores the experiences of mystics from Judeo-Christian culture through the early church, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and up to Modern and Contemporary mystics. We’ll end with a day of discussion about if and how the faith of these mystics can speak to women today.
You’ll gain understanding of the definition and history of mysticism, a deeper understanding of several female mystics, and have an opportunity to reflect on mysticism with the leader and the full group. Participants should expect to spend an hour a day online reading and responding to the materials and the group discussion.
To receive a completion certificate, you will need to post comments and respond to other participants’ comments every day during the workshop. Materials will be posted online at the beginning of the workshop to allow you to work ahead or catch up if you have a scheduling conflict.
There are no other books or materials needed for the course.
This course is eligible for 0.5 CEU.
About the Instructor
Beth Perry 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 20 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. She has been active in Safe Sanctuary/Safe church training for a decade or more, and a consultant for more than 150 congregations working to reduce the risk of abuse in the church. She also leads workshops and retreats on Spiritual Gifts, meditation, and mysticism. Her courses, Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts, Leading Bible Study: Biblical Interpretation, and Teach Adults are approved as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries and Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts meets one requirement towards lay speaker status.