The Sound of the Genuine: Becoming More Alive in the Spirit’s Presence

Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville, GA 30501 422 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville, GA

The remarkable author and mystic Howard Thurman challenges us to listen deeply for the “sound of the genuine” in our lives. In a world that is full of noise and distraction, we are reminded again of the invitation we have to ground ourselves in an abiding awareness of the Spirit’s presence. How can we deepen our practice of prayer so that we can respond more faithfully in this time? We invite you to come and share in a day of listening, rhythm, prayer, poetry, and fellowship on Saturday, February 25 as we reflect together on what it means to be grounded in our practice of faith.

The day will be spacious with time to reflect and rest. As well, River Guerguerian, a renowned percussionist with remarkable gifts for helping us understand the power of sound, will guide us through a series of exercises to help pay attention. We will also share in an imaginative worship space with poetry readings and reflections from Lerita Coleman Brown, Barbara Brown Taylor, Bobbi Patterson, Rebecca Parker, and Stuart Higginbotham. Our deep hope is that your heart can be nurtured as we all seek to live more faithfully.

Fiercely Loving Ourselves and Others: Where Contemplation and Compassion Meet

Three wise authors deepen the conversation on fiercely loving ourselves and others: where contemplation and compassion meet. Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes, and Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown will present on fiercely loving ourselves and others at the intersection of contemplative practice, compassion, and justice seeking. Their lively conversation will be an experience […]

Howard Thurman and the Healing Power of Mystical Love


The love we experience during a mystical moment or what mystic and theologian, Howard Thurman (1899-1981) calls a creative encounter leads to an expansive sense of love, of being cared for by God and caring for others at the deepest levels. Bring your favorite music (any genre) for some holy dance, a journal for sketching, reflective writing and responsive readings, space for guided meditation, and a desire to connect with others through large and small group sharing. This retreat is open to all spiritual seekers who wish to take a dip into the living wisdom of Howard Thurman as he introduces us to and challenges our common notions about mysticism and love.

What Makes You Come Alive Book Talk

Episcopal Cathedral of St. Phillips Book Store 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA

Come hear how the contemplative spirituality of Howard Thurman leads to inner freedom, inner authority and a life full of purpose and peace.


Christian Mystic Summit

Explore the wisdom of the Christian Mystical Tradition and deepen your connection with the Divine. This is a 5-Day Free Virtual Event. Look for Lerita Coleman Brown on June 22nd.

Howard Thurman and the Power of Silence, Stillness, and Solitude

In today’s fast paced world, we are all to familiar with the culture of go-go-go.

But in order to tune in to what is most true and sacre, the contemplative heart needs stillness, slowness, silence and solitude.

Join this mini-retreat to explore the mystical development of the great contemplative teacher, Howard Thurman, with a spotlight on the role of silence, stillness, and solitude in the spiritual life.


The Spiritual Imagination of Howard Thurman

  Register Here   We begin with contemplative practice before engaging in conversation with Lerita Coleman Brown, embodied spirit, author, speaker, heart and kidney transplant recipient, spiritual director, and author […]