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2016-17 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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Annual Quiet Day 2017

The Homely Ways of the Spirit: A Day of Quiet Reflection with Evelyn Underhill

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Leader: Bishop Frank T. Griswold, former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

Saturday, June 17, 2017,  9:30-3:30
Nourse Hall, St. Albans Parish
Next door to the Washington National Cathedral
3001 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC 20016

As he prepares to be our guide for this year’s annual Quiet Day, Bishop Griswold writes “I was introduced to Evelyn Underhill at the age of 16, by a priest who lent me a copy of Light of Christ. From that day on, Underhill’s practical, “homely” and no-nonsense approach to the inner life has been both an invitation and a steadying guide across the seasons of my life. As I look toward our day together, I am drawn to … Read more

2015 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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EVELYN UNDERHILL QUIET DAY

Saturday, June 18, 2016 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sayre House, 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 … Read more

2014 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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Annual Day of Quiet Reflection

Saturday, June 13, 2015 9:30am – 3:30pm

Sayre House
The Washington National Cathedral

“The Mastery of Time”
Directed by Donna Osthaus

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“He that believeth shall not make haste.” Isaiah 28:16

A lately discovered article by Evelyn Underhill from a time near the end of her life (and the beginning of World War II) will bring us to contemplate this very contemporary issue of our time. We will explore the subject through Underhill’s essay, through a scriptural reference to Jesus’s attitude toward his use of time (Matthew 15:21-28), and briefly through the references to the subject of time in the contemporary poetry of her colleague and friend, T. S. Eliot.

The Quiet Day will be directed by Donna Osthaus, formerly Director of Program at the College … Read more

2013 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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Annual Day of Quiet Reflection

Saturday, June 21, 2014 9:30am – 3:30pm
Sayre House
The Washington National Cathedral

“The Poet as Mystic; the Mystic as Poet”

Directed by Kathleen Staudt
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In Essentials of Mysticism, Evelyn Underhill writes that “Poetry ever goes like the royal banners before ascending life; therefore man may safely follow its leadership in his prayer.” Underhill was always reserved about reporting the details of her own spiritual experience, but her poetry, published early in her career, gives us glimpses into the intensity of the life of prayer and the ardor of her early quest for God. In this day of quiet reflection, we will let the langue of Underhill’s poetic writing invite us to a deepening of our own life of prayer, as we listen for … Read more

2012 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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Part 1 – Roundup of 100th Anniversary of Mysticism – Noteworthy News – “My Journey with Evelyn Underhill” by Kathy Staudt

Part 2 – “Evelyn Underhill’s Developing Spiritual Theology: A Discovery of Authentic Spiritual Life and the Place of Contemplation” by John R. Francis

Part 3 – Dana Greene Research Collection on Evelyn Underhill

Part 4 – “Reflections on the Inter-Faith Conversations of Evelyn Underhill: Symbolic Narratives of Mysticism” by Michael Stoeber

Annual Day of Quiet Reflection

Saturday June 15, 2013
“Becoming the Parent of New Life”

Sayre House
The Washington National Cathedral

Directed by Merrill Ware Carrington

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During her lifetime, Evelyn Underhill was admired and appreciated for her personality as well as for her ideas – for her groundedness and integrity, for her humor, for her transparency as a … Read more

2011 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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The Annual Day of Quiet Reflection

“Reflections on the Inter-faith Conversations of Evelyn Underhill”

directed by Michael Stoeber

June 15-16, 2012
The Washington National Cathedral

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In her writings, Evelyn Underhill includes some reference to non-Christian religions, especially to themes in Jewish, Hindu, and Islamic mysticism. She draws these mystics generally into positive relationship with their Christian cousins, by postulating a common ground to all authentic mystical experience. On this Day of Quiet Reflection, we will explore various aspects of Underhill’s inter-faith conversations, paying special attention to her reflections on the poetry of the great Sufi mystic Kabir and on the life of the co-founder of the Hindu Brahmo Samaj, Devandranath Tagore. Our contemplative reflections will include also reference to Underhill’s own experiences and poetry related to this inter-faith dialogue. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 … Read more

2010 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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‘Mysticism’: The Centennial Year 1911-2011

Evelyn Underhill by Suzanne Schleck

Evelyn Underhill by Suzanne Schleck

In 1911 an unknown author published a 500 page book on the little known topic of mysticism. Accessible in its writing, it was nonetheless a work of scholarship, based as it was on some one thousand sources. The book was a huge success, and twelve editions appeared. Because its erudition, the suspicion was that the author, one Evelyn Underhill, must have been a male. Who else would have the academic training or ecclesiastical knowledge to produce such a work? In fact the author was a self-trained writer, wife of a London barrister, one who would go on to write or edit a total of thirty-nine books and some 350 articles and reviews. Underhill was poet, novelist, biographer and religious writer. Her single most … Read more

2009 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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Interview with Dr. Carol Poston

In January 2010 a new edition of the letters of Evelyn Underhill will be published by the University of Illinois Press. The Making of a Mystic is edited and with an introduction by Dr. Carol Poston, professor emerita of St. Xavier University, a scholar of English literature and author of Reclaiming Our Lives and editor of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. The Evelyn Underhill Association (EUA) is grateful to Dr. Poston for her willingness to be interviewed for its newsletter.

EUA: Dr. Poston, you spent ten years completing this volume. Why did you undertake this work?

Carol Poston: I was reading one of the excerpted Underhill books for my own Lenten discipline, and I found myself asking where this wonderful and wise … Read more

2008 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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The Spiritual Life of the World

Day of Quiet Reflection

The 20th Annual Evelyn Underhill Quiet Day, The Call to God, will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at Cathedral College on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. The Day will be guided by Dr. Kathleen Staudt, teacher, author and spiritual director. Registration materials will be available after Easter 2009. For information contact kathleen.staudt@gmail.com

“Mysticism and Social Concern”

At the Evelyn Underhill Quiet Day in June 2008, Rev. Canon Dr. Gerald Loweth presented the following insights:

Evelyn Underhill is well known for her writings on the subject of Christian mysticism. She began her work in the early twentieth century at a time when this tradition was being looked at afresh. Among other writers of her time she was able to describe … Read more

2007 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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The Spiritual Life of the World

Day of Quiet Reflection

The 2008 Quiet Day will be held on Saturday, June 14th in Cathedral College on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. The Day will focus on Evelyn Underhill’s blending of personal prayer, corporate worship, and social justice into a coherent life, one accessible to others through her writing.

This year’s Day will be guided by Rev. Canon Dr. Gerald Loweth. In his recent dissertation Canon Loweth examined Underhill’s transition from a focus on private prayer, to worship, to a deeper involvement in the social issues of her time. In his two presentations, Canon Loweth will guide participants in exploring the connection between “personal “ spirituality and social action The Day, which runs from 9-3:30 p.m., will offer opportunities for private prayer and … Read more