Advent Series: Embodying Faith, Week 2
Week 2: Christianity & Spirituality
What is “spirituality”? Where do our ideas about spirituality come from? What might a more embodied Christian spirituality look like? This week we’ll look at some of the most common messages we receive from our culture about “spirituality” (and its relationship to “religion”) in order to reconnect with the lost sense of what Jesus modeled and taught about the inherent relationship between our inner and outer lives.
Kristen Leigh Mitchell earned her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University in NYC, where she spent four years researching the relationship between religion, spirituality, psychology, theology, and the arts. Her master’s thesis offered a cultural and historical analysis of how Western churches came to define the relationship between the “sacred” and the “secular.” She has published articles on early Christian music, liturgy, medieval church history, theology and film, artistic vocation, and Biblical interpretation. Kristen spent several years working as resident librarian and later Assistant Director for The Servant Leadership School, a spiritual formation program based in NC that teaches embodied faith through contemplative spiritual practices in the context of ecumenical Christian community. She also just so happens to be Joe’s wife!
You can learn more about Kristen’s writing and other work by visiting her website: www.kristenleighmitchell.com