Past Events


A New Initiative for 2022: The Contemplative Study of Mystical Writings


Friends, I want to invite you to a special online meeting on Thursday, January 13 to talk about my new initiative, which I am calling “The Contemplative Study of Mystical Writings.” Hope to see you there — to register, click here. This is an outgrowth of conversations I have been having through social media as well as with my blog’s financial backers, who support my work through...

Online Event: The Spirituality of Star Trek (February 17, 2022)


I recently had a conversation with my friend and colleague Alice Camille (author of books like Isaiah and the Kingdom of Peace) about our shared love for Star Trek. Well, before we knew it, we were cooking up this idea for an evening converation/reflection on the spirituality of Star Trek! It’s sponsored by the Rock Hill Oratory and will take place online on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at...

Online Event: Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life (Dates: January 10-February 7, 2022)


Columbia Theological Seminary has a splendid certificate program for spiritual formation, and this four-week online course is the introductory program for those who wish to participate. But even if you don’t want to commit to an in-depth spirituality certificate program, this course is a great way to explore the riches of Christian spirituality and to give yourself a way to “go deeper...

Online Evening Program: Gratitude in the Chaos of Life (November 11, 2020)


My friends at Friendship Presbyterian Church in Athens, Georgia (home of the B-52s and R.E.M.!) have invited me back to facilitate another one of their online forums. Here’s the details: registration is free, so I encourage you to attend!  THE FORUM @ FRIENDSHIP PRESENTS  The Eye of the Storm: Gratitude in the Chaos of Life Click here to download a PDF flyer for this event. Few people would...

Online Retreat Day: At the Edge of Waiting: Centering Prayer and Celtic Spirituality (October 30, 2021)


In celebration of the Christian feast days of All Saints and All Souls — and the ancient Celtic New Year, which happened at this same time — you are invited to a special day-retreat combining Centering Prayer with contemplative insights from the wisdom of the Celtic tradition, facilitated by Carl McColman and sponsored by Contemplative Outreach Atlanta. To register for this online retreat, click...

Online Retreat: The Spiritual Imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (October 22-23, 2021)


J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia are masterpieces of fantasy literature. Since both authors were committed Christians, these writings also are filled with spiritual insights and mystical wisdom. On this retreat we will reflect together on how Tolkien, Lewis, and their 19th-century predecessor, George MacDonald, offer timeless guidance that remains...

Online Day of Reflection for Patrons: October 2, 2021


Four times a year I offer an online Quiet Day/Day of Reflection for the generous patrons who support the Anamchara website/blog/knowledge base through Patreon. The next such quiet day will take place on Saturday, October 2, 2021. The theme for this Quiet Day will be the Spirituality of Saint Francis, and will include a Zoom session with time for silent prayer,  lectio divina, time for shared...

Online Course: Wisdom of the Desert (September 27-October 22, 2021)


Explore the wisdom, wit, and spiritual insight of the Desert Mothers and Fathers in this four-week online course, sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning. The course counts as an elective for the Center’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Whether you are pursuing that certificate or not, this is a wonderful way to explore the wisdom of the desert...

In-Person Event: Spirituality of the Eternal Heart, an Evening with the Atlanta Spiritual Formation Collective (September 18, 2021).


The Atlanta Spiritual Formation Collective has invited me for an evening event on Saturday, September 18. We’ll be talking about the blessings of contemplative spirituality, as well as exploring some of the spiritual principles behind my latest book, Eternal Heart. We’ll have some time for silent prayer as well as questions and answers. If you’re in the Atlanta area, I hope you...

Online Course: Christian Mystics and Spiritual Companionship (September 9-30)


I’m so pleased to be partnering with Spiritual Directors International to offer this four-part series on spiritual direction/accompaniment and the Christian mystical tradition. Watch this video to get a taste, or click here to learn more and to register. How did the great Christian mystics offer spiritual companionship? How can we learn from them? Join us on a journey Of mystery, mutuality...

Online Class: Introduction to Christian Mysticism (August 21, 2021)


This online program is sponsored by Zeitgeist Atlanta. For more information or to register, click here. Zeitgeist — Atlanta’s Home for the Spiritually Independent and their friends — is offering a four-month course on the foundations of world mysticism in the fall of 2021; this program begins with this day-long event on the mystical spirituality of the Christian tradition. Join us to...

In-Person Retreat: Praying with the English Mystics (August 16-20, 2021)


After almost 18 months of doing only online retreats and programs, I am thrilled to announce my first in-person event of 2021, at beautiful Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina! This small Trappist monastery is located in a beautiful setting, with a state of the art guest house, low number of guest quarters, and plenty of room for a safe and spacious retreat! Our theme is “Praying with the...



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