Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer the spiritual formation elective “Women Mystics: Medieval and Modern” Sept. 18-23, 2011. Susan Muto, co-founder and executive director of the Epiphany Association, will lead the discussion.

This course will begin with a meditative reading by Julian of Norwich, focusing on her remarkable gift of reconciling suffering and joy. The class will advance to a study of the classic rendition of the journey of the soul to God in The Interior Castle of Teresa of Avila, the 16th century reformer of the Carmelite Order and a doctor of the universal Church. Her teaching on “formative detachment” will be a focal point for reflection. The group will conclude with an emphasis on practical mysticism, guided by the Anglican spiritual writer Evelyn Underhill. She teaches us in an unforgettable way the art and discipline of integrating contemplation and action. This is a medieval and modern theme that all three spiritual writers have taken to heart and taught others over the ages how to do the same.

Registration fee is $350 plus meals. Limited housing is available on campus. Continuing Education Units plus Certificate Credit is available. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu with questions. Event Brochure.  Register online.

Muto is a renowned speaker, author, teacher, and dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality. She has led conferences, seminars, workshops, and institutes throughout the world. She received her doctorate in English literature from the University of, where she specialized in the work of post-Reformation spiritual. After a career in the field of journalism, she accepted Father Adrian van Kaam's invitation to become the assistant director of his Institute of Formative Spirituality at Duquesne University. There she initiated an unprecedented six semester cycle of courses in the ancient, medieval, and modern literature of spirituality. She edited its journals, Envoy and Humanitas and Studies in Formative Spirituality, and from 1981 to 1988 served as its director.

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 320 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.