An Introduction to Celtic Christianity

St. Andrew United Methodist Church

9203 South University Blvd.

Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

March 5th | Monday | 7:00 – 8:30 pm 

All our sessions together will consist of a dialogical format with particular attention to the participants’ questions. This evening we will explore one of the basic tenets of Celtic Christianity – God’s presence within all things. This presentation will lead us down the path of such items as revelation, contemplative walks in nature, the twin voices of scripture and creation and ecology.

  • The Divine Within All Things

  • Two “Books” of Revelation: Nature and Scripture

  • Respect and Awareness

  • Interconnectedness – Synchronicity

March 12th | Monday | 7:00 – 8:30 pm 

One of the most important contributions of Celtic Christianity is the belief that we are created and continue to live out of the image of God. This is an important distinction from how many of us were raised in certain churches within Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. Tonight, we will continue into the Celtic mystical tradition as we discuss our loved ones “on the other side” and significant sacred spaces called, “thin places.”

  • What does it mean to be human? Created in the Image
    (and likeness) of God

  • The Influence of the Eastern/Coptic Churches

  • Beyond the Veil: Saints

  • Thin Places – Iona and Lindisfarne

March 19th | Monday | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Our world, our country, much of the fabric of our daily lives is marred in one way or another by painful divisions. The impact upon us is often a feeling of powerlessness. How can one person make a difference? Perhaps, a possible solution might be found in community. “Community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another. Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own (see Philippians 2:4). The question, therefore, is not "How can we make community?" but "How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?" Fr. Henri Nouwen

  • Hospitality – God in the Other

  • The Anam Cara or Soul Friend

  • Spiritual Practice – Spiritual Direction

March 26th | Monday | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Before there was digital time, there was Marine Corps time in my house growing up. If we were not early, then we were late! Today there is digital, synchronized time, so very carefully measured is time. We here in the contemporary western world also see time as linear, one thing happening after another in a line of progression. But it was not always this way. The seasons were the time markers. Events such as planting, harvesting and the birthing of lambs and calves told the “story” of time. Could the cyclical passing of the seasons have a good word for us in this life? What about beyond this life?

  • “Round and Round” – The Gift of Cyclical Time

  • Winter – Samhain

  • Spring – Imbolc

  • Summer – Beltane

  • Autumn - Lammas

  • Winter as Returning Home

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