More Than Words: Encountering Jesus Life of Prayer and Ministry

August 10, 2018 - August 12, 2018 Episcopal House of Prayer, Collegeville MN

Although Jesus of Nazareth was a devout first-century Jew, in the twenty-first century he is often lost in the thickets of Christian theology, reflection on the wisdom of his words, and the busyness of church life. At a time in the church’s life when “spiritual formation” has become a priority what can we learn from Jesus’ Jewish spiritual formation and its influence on his life and ours? This retreat experience will explore Jesus’ life of prayer as a devout first-century Jew and the consequences of his prayer in his personal life and active engagement with society. It will integrate substantive academic presentations with contemplative prayer and discussion. It is designed for clergy and laity.

The Rev. Dr. David Keller has adapted this retreat from a graduate course he taught at the General Theological Seminary in New York and St. John’s School of Theology, Collegeville, MN. He is director of the Contemplative Ministry Project, which he founded with Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO and Co-Steward, with his wife Emily Wilmer, of Oasis of Wisdom: An Institute for Contemplative Prayer, Study, and Living ( David is the author of Lord Teach Us To Pray: One Hundred Daily Reflections on Jesus’ Life of Prayer (2015), Oasis of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, Desert Banquet: A Year of Wisdom From The Desert Mothers and Fathers, and Come and See: The Transformation of Personal Prayer.

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