Annual Quiet Day 2022

The Richness of the Unwalled World

Saturday, June 11, 2022, 9:30am-3:30pm

Bishop Porter Taylor

Nourse Hall, St. Albans Parish
On the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral
3001 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington DC 20016

Please bring a sack lunch

Registration begins May 1, 2022
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“There is another world but it’s the same as this one.” This quote is attributed to several people perhaps because at some point on our journey in this life many have this realization. Evelyn Underhill has been a guide for me in my journey because over and over she directs people to discover the other world exactly where they are. She asks us to escape from “the terrible museum where everything is classified and labelled” to a new way of seeing and being. To use a computer metaphor, we seekers need to move beyond our operating system and experience the world firsthand so that we might “proclaim the Eternal Reality by [our]… existence.”


In this era of political discord as well as the disorientation and more importantly the deaths from Covid 19, Evelyn Underhill is especially crucial. She calls us to rediscover the “richness of that unwalled world” that
can only come from deep contemplation. In the middle of the Vietnam War, many anti-war activists urged Thomas Merton to leave the monastery and come and protest. Although he supported the peace movement with his writings, he refused to leave Gethsemane Abbey because he said, “There needs to be one sane person left.” This is also the charge Evelyn Underhill gives us. Amid the political rancor and anxiety over the deadly virus, there needs to be more than one sane person left, because Underhill defines our calling none other than “to bring the Eternity into time.”


Our time together next June will focus on becoming open to that other world that’s the same as this one by re-encountering and embracing the wisdom of Evelyn Underhill and discerning how her wisdom can equip us
to experience the “richness of that other world.”

Bishop Taylor joined the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia as Assisting Bishop in July 2020 after retiring as Bishop of the diocese of Western North Carolina in 2016. In retirement, he also joined the faculty of Wake Forest University divinity School. He holds a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D in Theology and Literature.

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