Evelyn Underhill

Annual Day of Quiet Retreat
Saturday, June 18, 2016
9:30am - 3:30pm
Sayre House
The Washington National Cathedral

"The Spirituality of Risk"
Directed by Donyelle McCray

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"Real prayer begins with the plunge into the water." Evelyn Underhill makes this observation in a 1928 retreat and repeatedly affirms that risk is an essential component of healthy spirituality. She attributes much of the beauty of Christian life to the interplay of risk and trust and warns against an insistence on constant comfort. During our time together we will explore the role of risk in Evelyn Underhill's life: What were the great risks in her life story? Why did she see risk as so pivotal in the lives of the saints? How does risk-taking anchor our spiritual thriving today?

Donyelle McCray is Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. Her teaching and research centers on the symbiotic relationship between preaching and Christian spirituality.

About Evelyn Underhill

Evelyn 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 practice. Please stay awhile and read the Association's newsletter and learn about its events and resources.

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