CAMDEN — Professor Mark S. Burrows will present a day-long retreat to explore “The Wisdom of Meister Eckhart: An Invitation to Deep Simplicity” Saturday, Feb. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Camden.
Professor Burrows will call upon the guidance of Meister Eckhart, a radical thinker who lived at the turn of the 14th century. Widely respected as one of Christianity’s most original voices, his bold imagery and the universal reach of his thought have attracted spiritual seekers through the centuries. In the turbulent society of his time, Eckhart gave voice to a unitive teaching about the “God beyond God,” seeing each creature as bearing the spark” of the divine.
“Bold, courageous, and at times outrageous, his language continues to be a guiding light to those seeking to live more authentically and freely,” said the Church, in a news release. “The question guiding us, as it did Eckhart, is what it means to live from the ‘ground’ of our lives, which is love.”
No prior knowledge of Eckhart is expected.
The day offers an invitation to live into Eckhart’s wisdom, drawing on readings from Eckhart together with poetic renderings of his teaching from two recent books by the retreat leader: Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart (2017) and Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets (2019).
Mark S. Burrows is a poet, teacher, and scholar of medieval religion. He currently serves as professor of religion and literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany), dividing his time between Germany and Camden.
Burrows is married to Rev. Dr. Ute S. Molitor, minister of the First Congregational Church of Camden. To learn more about Burrows, visit www.msburrows.com
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. A simple soup-lunch will be provided, with a freewill offering going to the Shields Mission Project Fund.
For more information or to register, call the church office at 207-236-4821.