Below is notice for an hour long session I will be giving at St Paul's Cathedral here in London this Sunday to which all are welcome (and it is free!). I will no doubt continue last week's 'mindfulness/mental prayer' debate!
St Paul’s Forum | 3b Amen Court, London, EC4M 7BU | email. firstname.lastname@example.org | tel. 020 7236 3553 | web. www.stpauls.co.uk/forum | twitter. @StPaulsForum
St Paul’s Cathedral, 1 – 2pm on the first Sunday of the month
A Sunday lunchtime series in which some of the liveliest contemporary theologians and spiritual teachers speak about the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the world today. Each event includes time for questions and answers. The events are in the crypt at St Paul’s Cathedral, admission is free, unticketed and open to all. For films of previous events please go to www.stpauls.co.uk/View-St-Pauls-Videos
Sunday 1 June
Teresa of Avila: Doctor of the Soul
May God protect me from gloomy saints! said St Teresa of Avila, the least gloomy of saints. At the centre of the great flowering of mysticism in 16th century Spain, Teresa has been described as a ‘woman beyond frontiers’ - an ecstatic, eccentric and highly creative writer and thinker who has inspired and astonished generations with the boldness of her insight into prayer, devotion and the nature of God’s love. In his new book Teresa of Avila: Doctor of the Soul, published this year, the 500th anniversary of her birth, Peter Tylerbrings refreshing new light to the life and work of this great mystic and considers how it is that Teresa’s ‘language of the soul’ finds such resonance in contemporary spiritual life, including the worlds of psychology, meditation, mindfulness and personal development.
Dr Tyler is Reader in Pastoral Theology and Spirituality at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, a practising psychotherapist, and the author of several books about the sixteenth century Spanish mystics, and is co-editor of The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality (2012). He blogs on http://insoulpursuit.blogspot.co.uk and is the Director of InSpiRe (www.smuc.ac.uk/inspire).