Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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Mysticism has been described as a longing for God that has been present in all times, cultures, and religions. Dorothee Soelle was a German theologian who dedicated her life to reinterpreting the Christian message with a unifying message of mysticism and activism. Her book “The Silent Cry” will be the departure point as this course invites you to awaken from the preset-day prison of globalization and individualization. The discussion of the book will seek to draw from Soelle’s knowledge and wisdom as well as her passion for social justice. Optional live discussions will be part of the experience.
Learners are required to obtain the book The Silent Cry by Dorothee Soelle.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
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.