Salvation and Community

The plan:

To read mind-opening and soul-opening texts from the ancient and medieval worlds, focusing on what human community has to do with “mysticism” - that is, with the drawing of humans into the divine life.


Tuesday, Sept. 22.


Every other week, 1 hour 15 minutes each time.

Meeting times:

Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:45, U.S. Eastern Time.

Amount of reading:

Tends to be around 30-40 pages for each biweekly session; less when the text is difficult!

Getting the texts:

Your convener will let you know how to get each text as the group moves along. For short texts, we’ll usually be able to send you a .pdf copy to print out. There will be a few texts too long to copy legally; those you will need to purchase.

Generally the texts to purchase will not be burdensome. In the 2019-20 version of this group, for example, there were three texts to purchase all year, averaging a little more than $20 each on the used-book market.


As with all groups, you are welcome to come to as many, or as few, meetings as you like.

What we’ll read:

Some of the most intriguing and powerful spiritual writers from the last 2,000 years! The list is still forming, but it will be composed of such writers as Cyprian of Carthage, Gregory of Nyssa, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Maximus the Confessor, Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux, Hugh of St. Victor. Mechthild of Hackeborn, and Julian of Norwich.