CTS Spiritual Formation

Wisdom of the Christian Mystics

January 4–29, 2021AdultContinuing EducationVirtual
A Columbia Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Program

Important Update: This course has been moved online. Please visit the course page for new dates and information.

Christian mystics are men and women of every generation who enjoyed a profound sense of God’s presence — even “union” with God — in their lives. The first Christian mystics appear in the New Testament (John the Evangelist) and the most recent ones lived in recent times (Howard Thurman, Simone Weil). Over the centuries, the mystics have included men and women, clergy and lay, Catholic and Protestant, rich and poor, educated and ordinary. What they share in common is their love of God and whole-hearted approach to living the Gospel in their daily lives.

What can we learn from these heroes of the faith? What do the great mystics have to say to us today?

Our program draws from the wisdom of some of the greatest Christian mystics, from renowned figures like John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich, to lesser known (but important) individuals like Evelyn Underhill and John Ruusbroec. We’ll look at some of their key ideas, reflect on the major themes and principles of Christian mysticism, explore how their teachings on prayer can be applied in our lives today, and seek ways to apply their wisdom to Christian discipleship here in the third millennium. While this course will give you a historical overview of who the great mystics were and when they lived, our emphasis will be on their timeless wisdom (how it helps us to live today) as much as on their fascinating stories.

This course is open to everyone. Credit toward the Certificate in Spiritual Formation will be given to those completing the pre-and post-course writing assignments. We ask that all participate fully in the program.



This program is offered as part of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary and serves as course credit. Anyone interested in the course is welcome, but must also register through Columbia Seminary.

Rates below include conference fee only. Housing and meals are not included.

  • Program fee: $190 per person

Questions regarding conference registration? Please contact lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu.

Refund Policy

Refunds for program fee are subject to the policies of the Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary.

We are aware of some registration issues happening after the updates we made to our reservation system. We are working hard to get this resolved. If you are trying to register for a conference and are unable, please contact the conference registrar for that program. Your conference registrar's email address can be found on your conference event webpage. They will get you registered.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.


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