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Living with the Mystics

An Advent Journey into the Heart of God


Christianity is in a time of major transition brought about by changes in culture, technology, politics, and pandemic. At times, it can feel like there are very few resources to help guide spiritual leaders through these moments. Thankfully, we have the mystical tradition to help us find a way to God and evolve in our faith. This class will reach back to some of the most important figures of the mystic tradition from both Christianity and other traditions. Their wisdom will help us look forward to the future. Advent is a perfect time to engage in these wisdom teachers of the past as we wait for the fulfillment of all creation!

This class is open to all and will be especially useful for those who serve as spiritual leaders in their communities. Thanks to the partnership with the Serviam Institute and The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, clergy who take this course will receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Units CEU.

Each class will be held LIVE on Zoom on Mondays 10:00AM - 11:30AM

November 27th, 2023

December 4th, 2023

December 11th, 2023

December 18th, 2023

Recordings of each session will be available here on The Hive and on The Serviam Institute.

Every class will include seminary-level instruction from The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, Episcopal priest, recent Affiliated Professor of Ascetic & Liturgical Theology at The General Theological Seminary, and founder of The Hive online spirituality and wellness community. In addition, participants will gain insight and wisdom from historic and modern mystics as well as spiritual practices to use in their own ministerial settings. Space for prayer and holy conversation with spiritual companions will be a hallmark of our time together.

Topics We'll Cover:  

- Mapping the Mystic Path- Awakening an Evolving Faith 

- Indigenous Wisdom & Vision Quests 

- Divine Mothers & Cosmic Brides- Wisdom from the Women Doctors of the Faith 

- Greening Our Faith- Living for Seven Generations  z

- Dark Nights of the Soul 

- Learning to pray with the mystics

Free to all, thanks to the generosity of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Praise for Living with the Mystics:

This is a fabulous overview of mystical life and practice.  Take time with it and enjoy the ride! - Steve Lindsay

The course on the mystics was an enlightening journey, engaging my mind and spirit in a profound exploration of spiritual depths and wisdom.   -Mary McCullough

I absolutely hated the "pray for an hour each day" assignment and it was one of the most profound spiritual experiences in my memory. - P. Case

The name of the course, “Living With the Mystics” was attractive to me. It drew me in. I was looking for something that would help me keep Advent given that we had a massive number of activities in the parish pulling our focus away from Advent. I knew I needed something but I didn’t realize how dry and barren my spiritual life was becoming. I needed to enter the sacred place of these beautiful four weeks so that my “rough places” could be made smooth and the desert and dry lands of my heart and spirit could bloom with abundant flowers, Christ the Rose. - Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz

Starts Monday, November 27th, 2023



The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining

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Hillary currently serves as the first woman Rector of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, PA. She teaches both on The Hive as well as seminary classes and is a sought after retreat leader. As a writer, Raining has published in both academia and ecclesia. She is the author of Joy in Confession and co-author with Amy Dolan of Faith with a Twist. She holds a B.A. with honors in Religion and Psychology from Moravian College, a Masters of Divinity from Yale and the Institute of Sacred Music and is a graduate from Drew University with a Doctorate in Ministry. Raining is also a yoga teacher, bee keeper, and environmentalist.

To learn more about Hillary, visit her personal website here.

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