Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer the spiritual formation certificate elective “Mystical Spirituality” Sept. 16-21, 2012. N. Graham Standish, pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, Pa., will lead the course.

Mystical Spirituality is designed for those who want to go beyond simply understanding what spirituality is, and delve into how to experience what the mystics have experienced throughout the ages. The course will look at the perspectives and practices of some of Christianity’s most influential mystics, such as Dorotheos of Gaza, Catherine of Genoa, Teresa of Avila, Brother Lawrence, Thomas à Kempis, Thomas Kelly, Hannah Whitall Smith, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, and others who have been at the heart of Christianity, but are often ignored by modern theologians.

The course will engage the writings, perspectives, and experiences of these mystics in order to discover ways to open ourselves to a more mystical way of experiencing life and God. The course will integrate knowledge about the mystics with opportunities to engage in mystical practices. It will also help you discover ways to follow the mystical path in your own life.

1.2 Continuing Education Units plus certificate credit are available upon request after completion of this course. Registration is $365 plus some meals. Housing is available for an additional fee. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu with questions. Registration is accepted online.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 310 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.