Please contact us for registration or more information through this site or calling our office: 828.319.7240
Program Schedule for 2015
March 25: Lenten Series ends: Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer
April 1:Easter and the Great Fifty Days Series begins: Love Begets Knowledge: The Communities of the Risen Jesus
April 8:Easter and the Great Fifty Days Series continues: Love Begets Knowledge: The Communities of the Risen Jesus
April 15:Easter and the Great Fifty Days Series continues: Love Begets Knowledge: The Communities of the Risen Jesus
April 22:Easter and the Great Fifty Days Series continues: Love Begets Knowledge: The Communities of the Risen Jesus
April 29:Easter and the Great Fifty Days Series continues: Love Begets Knowledge: The Communities of the Risen Jesus
see program highlight at right for more information for the Easter and the Great Fifty Days Series
May 6: Monthly Contemplative Eucharist
All gatherings meet at
156 E. Chestnut St.
For more information contact Emily Wilmer at
828.319.7240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Event - November, 2015
We are delighted to announce publication of a new book edited by David Keller, including a chapter by David and contributions by fourteen colleagues, including Rowan Williams, Esther De Waal, and Metropolitan Kallistos Ware:
Boundless Grandeur: the Christian Vision of
With the publication of David's new book in the fall by Wipf & Stock in Eugene, Oregon, several book events have been planned for November, 2015 in North Wales and Oxford, England.
The Christian Vision of Donald Allchin
Friday November 6 - Sunday November 8
Hawarden, North Wales, UK
among those who will reflect on the importance
and friendship of Donald Allchin whose legacy embraces the Anglican,
Eastern Orthodox, and Celtic traditions and a love of Welsh poetry are:
This event marks the launch of a new book about Donald’s
theology and offers the opportunity to listen to some of the
great writers of contemporary spirituality.
Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £181, non-residential tickets £100.
Discount rates for clergy and students apply.
To book contact Reception on 01244 532350 or email email@example.com
Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF www.gladstoneslibrary.org
Saturday, November 14 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. Theosevia Center for Christian Spirituality
St Theosevia House, 2 Canterbury Road, Oxford , OX2 6LU
Confirmed speakers at this time are:
Tentative speakers include:
St Theosevia House, 2 Canterbury Road, left off Banbury Rd just after North Parade. Study days FREE for students with card. Non-students £5 (on door). No booking needed, just come, for all or part of the day. Lunch break 1-2 pm (please provide your own lunch).
St. Macarius Contemplative Community’s Lenten Series
Wednesday Evenings 6:45–8:30 PM
February 18 & 25 and March 4, 18, & 25
The primary vocation of every Christian is to become Christ and make Christ tangible in our daily lives. The Christian tradition has always provided four essential gifts to help us be formed into Christ: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and Prayer.
This series of five Lenten reflections will focus on these formative gifts. A new book by Rowan Williams, former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, will be our guide. Participants are encouraged to buy Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. Eerdmans Publishing 2014. ISBN 978-0-8028-7197-8
February 18: Being Christian…Four essential gifts
February 25: Baptism…Daily immersion into the life of Jesus
March 4: Bible…A living communication from God (includes a Contemplative Euchairst)
March 11: Lenten Series break. Evening of contemplative prayer, fellowship and vespers
March 18: Eucharist…Becoming one with Christ for the life of the world.
March 25: Prayer…Remaining rooted in God’s presence and empowered by God’s energy.
All reflections will be at Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St. Asheville. Each evening begins with thirty minutes of contemplative prayer, followed by a reflection, and ends with vespers. Tuition is free.
Our space is limited so please contact Emily@oasisofwisdom.net.
St. Macarius Contemplative Community
Easter and the Great Fifty Days Series
with Pamela Hedrick, Ph.D. and David Hammond, Ph.D.
April 1–29, 2015
“Love Begets Knowledge:
The Communities of the Risen Jesus”
The experience of Jesus raised from the dead led the small communities of his followers to ask questions about the meaning of both his life and his death, as well as his identity in relationship to the God of Israel.
April 1 – Saint Paul was impatient with questions about what a risen body looks like (1 Cor 15:35-36). He was more interested in the meaning of the resurrection experientially for the communities he served. What effect does Jesus’ resurrection have on our personal transformation? What does it mean to be “a new creation”? (2 Cor 5:17). (Dave)
April 8 – The Holy Spirit is God’s love “poured into our hearts” (Rom 5:5) but in Paul’s language, the “heart” is more than raw experience or feeling. We also experience a desire to ask questions. Why did people ask questions about Jesus? Why did Jesus ask questions of those he encountered? (Dave)
April 15 and 22 – Although the witness of the New Testament is remarkably consistent, the symbols and language differ throughout. What language and symbols did the Johannine community develop to express the witness they had received of the historical Jesus and their own experience of the risen Jesus? How might their language speak to us today? (Pamela)
April 29 – Christology is putting Jesus into words. In post-apostolic period (2nd century and beyond), new words and concepts were available to put the experience of Jesus into words. How might words articulate our experience of the Risen Lord? (Dave)
David M. Hammond, Ph.D. Catholic University of America, member of St. Macarius Contemplative Community, has been teaching Christian theology since 1980. His specialties include Christology, religious language, and religion and culture.
Pamela E. Hedrick, Ph.D. Baylor University, member of St. Macarius Contemplative Community has been teaching Biblical Studies, Christian history, and ancient languages since 1990. Her specialties include the Johannine literature, Luke-Acts, and women in the Bible.
All reflections will be at Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St. Asheville. Each evening begins with thirty minutes of contemplative prayer, followed by a reflection, and ends with vespers.
Our space is limited so please contact Emily@oasisofwisdom.net
St Macarius Contemplative Community
invites you to join them for
the regular meeting of the community for
contemplative prayer and reflection every Wednesday
of the year.
Our usual schedule:
7:00: 30 minutes of contemplative prayer
7:30: fellowship with tea and a sweet
7:45: a reflection on a topic pertinent to the contemplative life
8:15: closing Vespers
All gatherings meet at
156 E. Chestnut St.
For more information contact: Emily Wilmer at 828.319.7240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo on the left was taken on the Close of the General Theological Seminary, New York City, at the entrance to the Desmond Tutu Center for Reconciliation.