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Date Posted: January 14, 2021

Upcoming Study and Sabbatical Time: The Transfiguration

I wanted to share with you that I will be focusing intently this entire year on an in-depth study of the Transfiguration, both as a story and as a framework for our own spiritual growth. I will be taking a sabbatical in May and June to spend time resting and reading, and I hope that I will be able to offer a retreat or class to the community later in the Summer that focuses on the key elements of personal spiritual growth in the context of our current struggle and potential.

In particular, I am delving into the writings of the 10th century Byzantine mystic St. Symeon the New Theologian. His work Hymns of Divine Love has become instrumental to me for understanding how we are called to experience the living presence of the Spirit. I’m also seeing connections between many writers and practitioners in the broader contemplative tradition.

I believe that we are always invited into moments of transfiguration, spaces and times of encounter when we realize the deeper nature of things. Perhaps that is how we can orient ourselves in these days of uncertainty and tension: with a trust that Spirit is always seeking to open our eyes to beautiful manifestations of grace.

I really look forward to working with the School for Christian Practice as we reflect on what Transfiguration looks like in our lives today. These have become very important conversations for me.

Fr. Stuart+