3-Part Series: Celtic Spirituality and Contemplative Practice | Hartford Seminary

3-Part Series: Celtic Spirituality and Contemplative Practice

Celtic Spirituality and Contemplative Practice is a three-part series held on March 16, 23, and 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.  Topics include prayer, pilgrimage, and the goodness of creation.  Attend one session or all three.  All are welcome.

Each session will include a presentation by the Rev. Susan Izard, an experienced spiritual director and facilitator. We will also engage in experiential learning in groups. No prior experience is necessary, but you may wish to read the book Listening for the Heartbeat of God by John Philip Newell beforehand (optional).

This program is part of the new collaboration between Hartford Seminary and the Spiritual Life Center.

March 16 —The Practice of Celtic Prayer and the Carmina Gadelica

We will explore the spirituality of the ancient Celtic tradition, in particular the understanding of the goodness of creation and the presence of God in all things. Using ancient Celtic payers from the Carmina Gadelica, participants will be invited to contemplative
reflection and conversation. We will examine the Celtic use of blessings in everyday life experiences.

March 23 — The Practice of Peregrinatio (pilgrimage) and its importance in Celtic heritage.

We will journey to the Celtic lands with photographs as we explore the various aspect of Peregrinatio, both the inner and outer pilgrimage of life’s journey. We’ll touch on the meaning of “thin space” and some of the wisdom that the Ancient Celts have shared about journeying with God. Class participants will be invited to reflect on their inner pilgrimage and how moments in their lives
have been transformative sacred experiences.

March 30 — The Celtic Practice of Encircling and the Anam Cara

Reflecting on St. Patrick’s Breastplate, we will explore how the Celtic tradition understood the cosmic energy of God’s Creation. We will examine how the Celts called upon the Sacred to encircle each soul for strength and wisdom on life’s way. This session will also discuss the role of the Celtic Anam Cara, the “soul friend.”

The suggested registration fee is $35 per session or $80 for all three. Or, for those on a budget, we ask $10 for a single session and $25 for all three.

For more information and to register for one or all three sessions, visit this link.

 

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