The Sense of Wonder

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The Sense of Wonder

Led by Prof Mark Burrows

Saturday 26 October

10.30 am - 4.00 pm

Cost £30 Concessions £20

Please bring a packed lunch.  Coffee and tea provided


Wonder: the word itself conjures a sense of mystery. It gestures toward what it means to open ourselves—mind and heart—to the world around and within us. As a verb, wonder suggests the energies of the imagination: we ready ourselves for what we do not yet know, and dare to imagine. We will explore poets and theologians, mystics and artists, some of whose works shaped the heart of the Christian tradition while others gave their witness at the boundaries. All were joined in Socrates’ conviction that wonder is the beginning of wisdom, the impulse that opens our lives to the “more” that is always present among us. All knew in their ways that mystery shimmers in the ordinary, in the midst of where we are. Wonder at all of this holds the seeds of hope so needed in times like these.


Mark S. Burrows is a frequent presenter at the Meditatio Centre and is well known internationally as a retreat leader and speaker. He is Professor of Religion and Literature at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany). His academic work explores the mystical literature of Christianity with a special interest in the intersection of mysticism and poetics. He edits poetry for the journal Spiritus and Arts. His publications include: Rainer Maria Rilke’s Prayers of a Young Poet (Paraclete Press, 2016), SAID’s 99 Psalms (2013), Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart: Meditations for the Restless Soul in collaboration with Jon Sweeney (Hamden House, 2017) and most recently a collection of his poems, The Chance of Home (2018).

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October 26th, 2019 10:30 AM   to   4:00 PM
Phone: 020 7278 2070
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