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Touching the Infinite: Introduction to Christian Mysticism

Mysticism seeks awareness of our direct relationship with the Divine. Mystical experience is a subjective approach to faith which transcends rational analysis. Mystics are found in all religious traditions, but this class focuses primarily on Christian mystics. We will look at the writings and practices of classic and modern mystics such as Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Merton, and Teilhard de Chardin.

Suggested Reading: A reading list will be provided.

Instructor: Bill Painter is a long time member of LLI and has taught several courses. He is a retired Presbyterian minister and spiritual director with theological training from Union Presbyterian Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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