Adult Sunday School Class – Book Study, Pat Akes - 6 weeks
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See – Richard Rohr
Mystic: one who has moved from mere belief systems or belonging systems to actual inner experience.
The great mystics of every tradition invite us to know better, to draw from the resources of our own tradition and see in a way that honors debate, reason, and order while also moving beyond them. Can we answer the mystic’s invitation?
During this book study, we will learn through the Stories, Meditations, and Tested Practices contained in The Naked Now. We will watch portions of The Naked Now DVD, read passages from the book, and have group discussions.
Topics for weekly sessions:
· Awaken your desire for God
· Free yourself from fears that can cripple you
· Connect to the joy already with you
· Transform yourself and inspire others
· See as the mystics see
“The devout Christian of the future will either be a ‘mystic’…. or he will cease to be anything at all.” - Karl Rahner
About Richard Rohr:
Author Richard Rohr is a revered speaker and million-selling author. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, a guest on the radio show Oprah and Friends, a regular contributor to Sojourners and Tikkun, and the author of books such as Adam’s Return, The Enneagram, Everything Belongs, Simplicity, and Things Hidden.
About the Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico:
The Center for Action and Contemplation, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was founded in 1987 by Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, who saw the need for a training/formation center. It would serve as a place of discernment and growth—a place to be still, and learn how to integrate a contemplative lifestyle with compassionate service. The Center’s purpose would be to serve not only as a forum for peaceful, non-violent social change but also as a radical voice for renewal and encouragement.
Envisioned as a faith alternative to the dominant consciousness, offering hope, inspiration and challenge to a despairing world, the CAC today attracts people from around the world—those who seek peaceful, positive alternatives and solutions to the difficult challenges of our often materialistic, irrational and violent world. These people share the CAC mission and vision and understand the constructive message of the Gospel that crosses boundaries of religion, ethnicity, social class and gender.