This course will cover the history of Christian Spirituality in the British Isles prior to the Protestant Reformation, including Celtic spirituality, Romano-British Christianity, Anglo-Saxon spirituality, and medieval English mysticism. Students will practice and reflect upon the spiritual disciplines described and prescribed in primary texts (The Cloud of Unknowing, Walter Hilton’s Scale of Perfection, Julian of Norwich’s Showings, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of English People, Aelred of Rievaulx’s Spiritual Friendship, Celtic prayers and more) in order to better understand the texts in light of their experiences and their experiences in light of the texts. Their reflections will focus on the following two questions: How does the text inform my experience of the spiritual practice? And how does my experience of the spiritual practice inform and deepen my reading of the text?

January 21 - March 11, 2019

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Daniel London

The Rev. Daniel London, PhD, is the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka CA. He has taught courses on Christian Spirituality, the Gospel of John, World Religions and Christian Social and Environmental Ethics at CDSP, GTU, and the Episcopal School for Deacons. He has presented papers at academic conferences across the country and his work has been published in Anglican Theological Review, Journal of Comparative Theology, Compass: A Review of Topical Theology and Dilatato Corde. His forthcoming book on the Gospel of John will be published by Fortress Press.