ST BARNABAS’ SCHOOL OF WISDOM is open to the curious and the serious – to all seekers of Christian wisdom and spirituality. Our assumption is that everyone needs to find their own way, their own way. Each course and each spiritual practice is part of a transformational journey, a journey we are all on whether we are conscious of it or not. All are welcome to join us in learning and practicing the spiritual path that Christianity has to offer.
The purpose of the School is to open our hearts and awaken our minds toward the growth of the soul. We explore our unique individual paths on common spiritual ground with others to:
• Encounter the Divine
• Experience the power of story
• Question the ways we think
• Re-imagine our tradition
• Co-create our world
Together we engage in study and practice rooted in the Christian tradition while honoring the other world’s great faith traditions, encouraging compassionate commitment to self and others, and informing our daily lives through the working of Spirit.
The methodology of the School of Wisdom combines and balances theology and theory with the experience of spiritual practice. Intellectual study, by itself, does not lead to the secret of life. Learning wisdom requires the use of multiple powers of perception, most of which are undeveloped. Wisdom is “intuitive knowledge” which understands with the inner senses through experience, prayer, contemplation, and other spiritual practices. By combining these methods, we develop spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear the reality (the Kingdom) that lies beneath, behind and within this physical reality. To grow into our complete humanity — to share in the wisdom, strength, vision, love, and compassion of God — is to learn with the whole of our being — body, mind, heart, and soul.
The School of Wisdom is continuing the study of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene for the Fall. We will gather in the Library on Tuesdays from 11:30 – 1:00.
Cynthia Bourgeault tells us the Gospel of Mary Magdalene “first came to light in 1896, nearly half a century before the Nag Hammadi find. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene gives us a firsthand glimpse of the diversity and ferment at the heart of early Christianity. Mary Magdalene is dated to the first half of the second century, as is also the case with the four canonical gospels. Mary Magdalene is probably the honorary rather than the actual author. However, “honorary” is no small achievement; the designation clearly indicates that there were communities of early Christians who revered her memory and had absorbed their Christianity through her stream of apostolic teaching.”
This Gospel brings us another way of delving into other authentic testaments at the heart of early Christianity, culturally as well as theologically. We look forward to bringing our individual studies and thoughts together as we draw ourselves closer to understanding and relationship with our Christian beginnings.
If there are questions, please call Debbie Gorden: 285-7668.