The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Old Fashioned Sunday School 2019

Contemplating Christ: How to Become a Mystic without Really Trying!

A lot of us are wondering about what the church of the future will look like.

The Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner famously said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.” Rahner was convinced that the secularization of life that began after the end of the Second World War would pull people away from the church. He feared that, if people did not have a deep experience of God, they would not commit themselves to a sustained life of faith.

This term, we will look at what it means to be a mystic (it’s not as extraordinary as you might think!) and how the recovery of the contemplative tradition in the church might change how we go about being church. What, for example, did St. Paul mean when he said in Philippians 2:5: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus?”

Canon George Maxwell leads this class. As always, you will find those things that we think matter most: a light heart, a broad welcome, and good coffee. We look forward to seeing you there.