Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Mother Teresa served the poorest of the poor throughout her life. Even though her work was known worldwide, she never took credit for her accomplishments and always tried to divert the attention she received to God. However, she struggled with darkness in her interior life. “If I ever become a Saint-I will surely be one of ‘darkness,'” she said in her private writings.
This two-week journey invites you to walk with Mother Teresa and explore her hidden inner life through her collections of letters.
Learners need to obtain this book for the course:
Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta” edited and with commentary by Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C.
A live optional Zoom will be the last day of the course at 8:00 PM (EST)
This course is eligible for 1 CEU.
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.