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Discover Evelyn Underhill: Foremother of Contemporary Spirituality

Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), a writer whose work is elegant, immediate, powerful and accessible, authored or edited more than thirty-nine books on the topics of mysticism, the spiritual life, the church, worship, and prayer. Her pioneering book, Mysticism has been continuously in print for over a century. She wrote simply and her work served as a beacon to her readers during a time of rapid change and uncertainty.

In addition to her prodigious writing, Underhill was a pioneer of the retreat movement, a spiritual director, and a pacifist. Her significance rests ultimately on the fact that she lived her life in the service of one particular ideal—the universal human experience of and response to that which we call God. She is indeed among the foremothers of our contemporary Christian spirituality, as her writings serve as a bridge between past theological assumptions and present ones.

Dana Greene will share more about Underhill's life and work during a new class Evelyn Underhill: Foremother of Contemporary Spirituality, August 21-24, 2014 on the seminary campus. Greene, president of the Evelyn Underhill Association contends that Underhill’s insights serve to stimulate and inspire the spiritual life in the midst of yet another time of rapid change and uncertainty, a “splendor burning in the heart of things.”