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Contemplative prayer requires a letting go of ‘knowing’ and of certainty. This book group will explore the well-loved and profound mediaeval text The Cloud of Unknowing as a way into a deeper understanding of such prayer.
The Cloud of Unknowing counsels a young student to seek the Divine not through knowledge or intellect but through contemplation motivated by love.
This book group, across six evenings, will invite participants to discuss and reflect upon the text, as well as exploring their own approach to contemplative prayer. It will be best suited to those who can obtain and read a translation of the text and attend all or several sessions.
Our recommended translation is by Middle English scholar Carmen Acevedo Butcher. There are two copies in the library at Whirlow. Please find a programme of chapters for reading and suggested areas for conversation here. It will help if you can read the relevant sections in advance of a session
Booking - one price for up to six sessions on 9 & 23 Sep; 7 & 14 Oct; 4 & 25 Nov.
We recommend that you attend as many sessions as possible - please don’t worry if you cannot make all 6! Each session will start at 7.30pm and finish by 9pm.
Please find a programme of chapters for reading and suggested areas for conversation here. It will help if you can read the relevant sections in advance of a session. More detail will be provided by email in early September.