Saturday, November 3
Promise: The Promise of a Contemplative Life

Focus for the Day

We will have explored the grounding of contemplative practices which anchors us in a spirit of discipline and willingness to the Spirit’s movement; and the dynamics of a contemplative posture out of which we embody compassion and leadership in our vocations and ministry. At this point, we look toward the promise of a contemplative life. What does it mean to be open to the guiding presence of the Spirit of Christ that invites us toward transformation? What risks and resistances do we encounter? What possibilities for grace do we yearn for?

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Facilitators and Speakers

Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard Rohr will be calling in from Albuquerque to share his thoughts and offer a time of Q & A during the workshop.

The Rev. Brian Sullivan

The Reverend Brian Sullivan grew up in Cobb County, Attended Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and graduated from Walton High School in 1989. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Georgia before attending The General Theological Seminary in New York City where he received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in 1997. He recently graduated from Mercer University with a Masters in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.).

Before becoming the rector of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Brian served at St. Peter’s in Rome, GA, St. Anne’s in Atlanta and Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, NC (where he was a Rotarian). He has been married to Mindy Sullivan since 2000 and they have three beautiful children - Maggie (age 16), Lexi (age 14) and Ase (age 12). Fr. Sullivan is also the Head of School at St. Benedict’s Episcopal School. In his free time he enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, cycling, attending Atlanta United games, and watching his children play soccer and run cross country.




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