Evelyn Underhill: Foremother of Contemporary Spirituality
Certificate in Spiritual Formation
Through her writing, retreats and spiritual direction Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) pioneered a revitalization of interest in mysticism and the spiritual life as lived by ordinary people. In her elegant, powerful, and accessible prose she focused on personal religious experience, its nurturance in prayer, its protection by institutional religion and its implications for daily living. For Underhill the mystics were those "who knew for certain the love of God" and the spiritual life was described as "that life in which all that we do comes from the center where we are anchored in God."
In this class we will explore Underhill's life and her writings on mysticism, worship, the spiritual life, the church, prayer and spiritual direction. Underhill's insights will serve as stimulation and inspiration for deepening our own spiritual life, our concurrence that there is "a splendor burning in the heart of things."
Instructor: Dana Greene Location: Columbia Theological Seminary