Tethered by Prayer: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Speaker(s): Susan Phillips
Date: Summer 2021
Length: 1h 04m
Product ID: RGDL5102F

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These are turbulent times, and among the adjectives circulating (“unprecedented” being most prominent) is “untethered.” Contagion has taken lives, quarantined humankind, and rattled economies small and large. Our bodies politic are sorely divided, riven along religious as well as partisan lines. And we are facing the ways we’ve rejected the full humanity of other human beings. Civil and emotional turbulence are not new. Seventy years ago Howard Thurman, an American theologian, civil rights leader, and mentor of Dr. King among others, offered advice for living in “turbulent times.” Core to his counsel was the encouragement to “keep alive a sensitiveness to the movement of the spirit of God.” May we do so now! In this lecture I’ll share some of what I’ve witnessed during our own turbulent time, as a 500-year old prayer practice known as the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola has tethered people to God.

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Susan S. Phillips is Executive Director and Professor of Christianity and Sociology at New College Berkeley (an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union in California). Susan is keenly interested in how engaging the caring practices will shape us spiritually. She is a certified spiritual director (Mercy Center, Burlingame, California) and has practised spiritual direction since the early 1990s. She edited (with Patricia Benner) The Crisis of Care and her most recent book is Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction.

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