THE PATH OF ILLUMINATION
THE TRANSFIGURATION AND THE REALITY OF AWARENESS AND SPACIOUSNESS
An Online One-Day Retreat by The Rev. Dr. Stuart Higginbotham
Saturday, October 9
9AM - 3PM Pacific Time
(12pm - 6PM Eastern Time)
The Feast of the Transfiguration is a peculiar feast in the life of the broader Christian community. We usually share the readings the Last Sunday before Lent, and the feast itself falls on August 6 in the depths of the Summer. It is easy to lose track of, yet it holds a deep truth that acts as a hermeneutical key and contemplative lens for how we understand our call to share in the indwelling presence of Christ. The Light toward which this feast day directs our attention informs our image of God and ourselves.
This retreat time will invite us into a deeper reflection on the Transfiguration as we explore how the story is actually an iconic visualization of our own expanded awareness of and participation in the Divine Life. Together, we will explore iconography, the Biblical text, as well as key insights from sages and mystics across the ages, including Isaac the Syrian, Symeon the New Theologian, Gregory Palamas, as well as Thomas Keating, Martin Laird, and other Christian mystics and even Tibetan Buddhist masters.
For those who are struggling in these days, perhaps we can begin making sense of the circumstances of our times by reflecting more deeply on how to make sense of ourselves and our deepest identity that is marked by a live-giving spaciousness.
Stuart Higginbotham serves as the rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia. He received his Masters in Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Theology at the University of the South. He also completed the clergy leadership program with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. His ongoing parish work and research focuses on the intersection of contemplative practices and congregational development, as well as interfaith studies, especially with Tibetan Buddhism. He has taught and led retreats with several organizations, including Shalem, Contemplative Outreach, The World Community for Christian Meditation, Mepkin Abbey, and the Candler School of Theology. He is the coeditor of Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition and writes regularly at www.contemplativereformation.com.