Co-sponsored with the Thomas Merton Society of Canada
Fri. July 20 – Sun. July 22, 2012
with Dr. Douglas Burton-Christie
Vancouver School of Theology on the campus of the University of British Columbia
At the heart of this retreat is the question of how a retrieval of paradise can inspire us to participate more fully in the work of tending to and healing our broken world. The retreat will search out the ancient Christian contemplative and theological traditions as well as contemporary sources to ask: what might it mean for us to learn to practice paradise? What might it mean for us to live with hope for paradise that does not push that hope into a distant and unknowable future, but calls it forth in our own present existence? How might we learn to cultivate a sense of living against the horizon of eternity?
Dr. Douglas Burton-Christie teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Author of The Word in the Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism, Doug has written extensively in the areas of Early-Christian and Desert Spirituality. He is editor of Spiritus, the journal of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.