Welcome back to GladdeningLight where, amid the beauty of the world and its arts, mystery and the time-honored practice of stretching into new vistas of faith often address the absence of certainty. Doubt does not necessarily hinder the truth; questions reveal to us the space between. This represents spiritual nourishment for the pilgrim’s journey, the art of the possible, a measure of the infinite.
The theme Our One True Self may suffer from ambiguous tense, but there’s purpose in that. We spend our entire lives searching – gleaning – proper purpose for our brief time on earth. Yet this is not a solitary pursuit. We do so in community, and our yearlong experience surrounding Covid-19 has taught us that being physically and consciously present with others is essential to the human condition, aiding our discernment for what God has in store for us. Our One True Self.
Howard Thurman’s seminal 1949 treatise, Jesus and the Disinherited, is a clarion call to all oppressed peoples whose “backs are against the wall.”
A subsequent book of his, The Creative Encounter, addresses direct & personal religious experience that will serve to focus upon Thurman the mystic during our Symposium. A native of nearby Daytona Beach, Thurman traveled to India for lectures and a meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 that paved the way for Dr. King’s principal message of non-violent African-American protest. Thurman’s overarching message to “love your enemies where they are” is an abiding challenge to us all.
Our fulcrums – trauma, race & the marginalized, organ transplant, reparations – can serve to deepen the transcendent power of personal mystical experience. The center of our time together will key upon what Merton and Thurman practiced, a form of “ethical mysticism” that acts as a springboard to redeeming social change. Through this window, we can enter into the action we are called to evoke in the world.
Schedule of Events
(subject to change)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2022
6:00 pm – Reception hosted at the Rice Family Pavilion ($25 per person)
8:00 pm – Inter-Spiritual Compline with Owen & Moley Ó Súilleabháin, Eugene Friesen, James Finley and Lerita Coleman Brown in Knowles Memorial Chapel
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2022
10:00 am – Opening program from Owen & Moley Ó Súilleabháin, Eugene Friesen and James Finley in
2:00 pm – Afternoon lecture from Eugene Sutton in with Eugene Friesen and Owen & Moley
4:00 pm – Book signing from James Finley, Lerita Coleman Brown, Bush Foyer; optional group discussion in Rollins Hall, Third Floor; Interfaith Yoga in KW Rollins Hall, Room 320, all are welcome (suggest comfortable clothing)
7:00 pm – Evening program with Eugene Friesen, Owen & Moley, Lerita Coleman Brown and James Finley in Tiedtke Concert Hall
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2022
Enjoy the Farmers’ Market in Downtown Winter Park, New York Avenue & Morse Boulevard, 7:00 – 1:00
8:30 am – Morning coffee, Knowles Classroom 1
9:30 am – Morning program from Owen & Moley, Eugene Friesen
10:00 am – Morning lecture from Eugene Sutton in Tiedtke Concert Hall
2:00 pm – Afternoon lecture from James Finley in Tiedtke Concert Hall with Eugene Friesen and Owen & Moley
4:00 pm – Optional group discussion in Rollins Hall, Third Floor; Inter-faith yoga in KW Rollins Hall, Room 320, all are welcome (suggest comfortable clothing)
7:30 pm – Evening program with Lerita Coleman Brown and Eugene Sutton in Tiedtke Concert Hall, Owen & Moley with Eugene Friesen
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2022
9:00 am – Worship service at Knowles Memorial Chapel, homily by Eugene Sutton, readings by James Finley and Lerita Coleman Brown, music from Eugene Friesen and Owen & Moley
Afternoon tours at leisure to Hannibal Square Heritage Center, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Morse Museum of American Art and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park
Rollins College — Tiedtke Concert Hall, Bush Auditorium, Rice Family Pavilion, KW Rollins Hall and Knowles Memorial Chapel
The Alfond Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, SpringHill Suites and the Park Plaza Hotel. Reservations may be made by calling The Alfond Inn at (407) 998-8090 or online for the best available rate, the Hilton Garden Inn by using this link, the SpringHill Suites by using this link and the Park Plaza Hotel at $209 per night by calling (407) 647-1072, referencing the GladdeningLight discount. Complimentary bus service at scheduled intervals from the Hilton Garden Inn/SpringHill Suites to & from the Rollins campus. Note that hotel rate discounts expire the first week of January.
Participate in the entire three-day weekend for $220 (All-Access including each & every symposium event). Attend the Thursday evening reception at the Rice Family Pavilion for an additional $25. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted. Cancellation policy: full refund for any reason until 12/31/21, no refunds thereafter.
Register by Phone at (407) 647-3963
February 3 – 6, 2022 | Winter Park, Florida
We must’ve waited all our lives for this.
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