This course will cover the history of Christian Spirituality in the British Isles prior to the Protestant Reformation, including Celtic Spirituality, Romano-British Christianity, Anglo-Saxon spirituality, and medieval English mysticism. Students will practice and reflect upon the spiritual disciplines described and prescribed in primary texts (The Cloud of Unknowing, Walter Hilton’s Scale of Perfection, Julian of Norwich’s Showings, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, Aelred of Rievaulx’s Spiritual Friendship, Celtic prayers, and more) in order to better understand the texts in light of their experiences and their experiences in light of the texts. Their reflections will focus on the following questions: How does the text inform my experience of the spiritual practice? And how does my experience of the spiritual practice inform and deepen my reading of the text?
Instructor: The Rev. Daniel London, PhD, is the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka CA. He has taught courses on Christian Spirituality, the Gospel of John, World Religions and Christian Social and Environmental Ethics at CDSP, GTU, and the Episcopal School for Deacons. He has presented papers at academic conferences across the country and his work has been published in Anglican Theological Review, Journal of Comparative Theology, Compass: A Review of Topical Theology and Dilatato Corde. His forthcoming book on the Gospel of John will be published by Fortress Press.
The Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership’s (CALL) online courses are offered throughout the year and are designed so that you can participate at your own pace and at your own time.
Each course is 7 weeks, each week a separate lesson. Continuing Education Units are offered at the rate of 2 CEUs per course. Students from across The Episcopal Church and beyond join experienced online instructors in creating a classroom environment of respect and mutual learning.
Courses are open to anyone, lay or ordained, of any denomination or none. All courses are subject to cancellation should the minimum registration limit not be met. Contact the CALL office via email with any questions at [email protected]