Annual Day of Quiet Reflection
Saturday June 21, 2014
9:30am - 3:30pm
The Washington National Cathedral
"The Poet as Mystic; the Mystic as Poet"
Directed by Kathleen Staudt
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In Essentials of Mysticism, Evelyn Underhill writes that "Poetry ever goes like the royal banners before ascending life; therefore man may safely follow its leadership in his prayer." Underhill was always reserved about reporting the details of her own spiritual experience, but her poetry, published early in her career, gives us glimpses into the intensity of the life of prayer and the ardor of her early quest for God. In this day of quiet reflection we will let the language of Underhill's poetic writing invite us to a deepening of our own life of prayer, as we listen for the Spirit in words and in silence.
Kathleen Henderson Staudt (Kathy) is a poet, educator, retreat leader and spiritual director, teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. She is the author of Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture, and Waving Back: Poems of Mothering Life, and is also included in the anthology Imago Dei. Her article on Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism appeared the journal Spiritus in 2012. Her blog is at www.poetproph.blogspot.com. Her email contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Underhill was a prolific writer who published 39 books
and more than 350 articles and reviews. Here you will find an introduction to her important contributions to spiritual thought and
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