Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: No
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Is a mystic a person seeking to escape the world, concerned only with the ecstasy of their own experience of union with the Divine, or is it a person who seeks to expand the radius of personal concern and responsibility by entering the world of social transformation from the position of oneness with all life within the heart of the Divine? Or are there other ways to describe Christian mysticism?
This course challenges you to redefine mysticism again and again. It will draw on the works of Howard Thurman, a theologian and spiritual guide, as well as returning to figures of the Old Testament such as Enoch, Ezra, Baruch, and Daniel. The course then takes you on a journey that visits early Greek Christian mystics and monastic mysticism by contemplating the connection between mysticism and social action.
In addition to online interaction, an optional live meeting session will be scheduled at the end of the course.
This course is eligible for 1.0 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.