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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

2006 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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November 2006

SOAKED IN LOVE:
The 18th ANNUAL EVELYN UNDERHILL QUIET DAY

Evelyn Underhill described the Retreat House at Pleshey in a letter to her spiritual director Baron Friedrich von Hugel as follows: “The whole house seemed soaked in love and prayer…(the place) cured solitude and gave me at last really the feeling of belonging to the Christian family…I lost here my last bit of separateness and wish for anything of my own and gained a wholly new sense of the realness and almost unbearable beauty of Christian life.” Using slide images of the house and grounds at Pleshey (a village in Essex), participants will reflect on the effect of this place on Underhill’s life and writing, and on their own special places of retreat.

The Quiet Day will be held June 16, … Read more

2005 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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January 2006

DAY OF QUIET REFLECTION

The annual Day of Quiet Reflection in honor of Evelyn Underhill will be held on June 17, 2006 in Sayre House, on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. As usual participants will meet from 9-3:30 p.m. for a day of meditations and periods of quiet, with noon Eucharist at the Cathedral for those who want to participate. This year’s leader will be Carol Poston, professor of English, Xavier University, and editor of a new edition of Underhill’s letters. To receive registration information (probably in April or May) please contact Kathy Staudt at kstaudt@umd.edu.

THE MYSTIC AND THE CHURCH

Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) is best known for her pioneering work, Mysticism: A Study of the Nature and Development of Man’s Spiritual Consciousness. First published in 1911, it … Read more

2004 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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November 2004

News & Noteworthy

The Retreat House at Pleshey in the Anglican Diocese of Chelmsford, England, occasionally has retreats on Evelyn Underhill. Check its website at www.chelmsforddiocesan.sageweb.co.uk

The literary executor of the Evelyn Underhill estate is Ambassador Richard Wilkinson, British Embassy, North Forest 0125, The Counts, and Santiago, Chile. Please contact him for question about permission to publish Underhill’s writings.

As an act of generous friendship, Mary Clemente Davlin, OP completed an article by Mary B. Durkin, OP that was left unfinished at her death last year. The article, “Evelyn Underhill: Her Life and Religious Thought,” has now appeared in the March/ April 2004 issue of Spirituality.

 

NEW BOOKS

The complete text of both The Spiritual Life and Mysticism can be found on line at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, … Read more

2003 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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November 2003

New & Noteworthy

Emilie Griffin’s lovely new anthology of Evelyn Underhill’s writing—Evelyn Underhill: Essential Writings, is now available from Orbis Books, pk. $15. The introduction by Griffin is followed by chapters on: The Spiritual Life, House of the Soul, Aspects of Mysticism, The Soul’s Journey, Worship, and Practical Advice.

Stephanie Ford, Assistant Professor of Religion, Earlham School of Religion, has completed a dissertation on Evelyn Underhill’s mystical theology in light of the feminist critique of Grace Jantzen. Ford’s degree was completed at The Catholic University of America.

Oxford University Press’ New Dictionary of National Biography includes an entry on Evelyn Underhill by Dana Greene. Carol Poston, Professor of English at Xavier University, Chicago, has received a contract from the University of Illinois Press to publish a new edition of … Read more

2002 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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November 2002

 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

For the past eight years our newsletter editor Lois Sibley has contributed much to the EUA newsletter. She kept the burgeoning mailing lists, solicited copy, designed and laid out the newsletter, and then reproduced it for others to mail.

A freelance editor and proofreader, and wife, mother and grandmother, as well as caregiver for newborns who will be adopted, Lois did the newsletter in her spare time! As you read this, send up both a prayer of thanksgiving and a shout of joy for her generosity. Thank you, Lois.

Help! Help! Help!

If you have read the above, you know this little newsletter is in need of Help! Yours, that is. We need a replacement for Lois Sibley to carry on the tasks named … Read more

2001 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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November 2001

 

Insights That Endure

by Dana Greene

Evelyn Underhill died in June 1941, 60 years ago this year. Her death came when Britain was locked in a battle for its life. A year before her death she left Kensington, a place she had lived her entire life, for the somewhat safer suburb of Hampstead. It was a confusing time for any believer, but particularly for the Christian pacifist. In 1939, Underhill joined a tiny group of English pacifists, most of whom were members of the historic peace churches. She took her stand humbly but resolutely, believing that the pacifist position was a vocational one, but that it followed from the Christian admonition to love one’s enemies. For a woman who was a committed British patriot, and one who witnessed the Blitz, … Read more

2000 The Evelyn Underhill Association Newsletter

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November 2000

 

Open Letter to Evelyn Underhill

Dear Evelyn,

Ever since I read in Dana Greene’s book, Artist of the Infinite Life, that your grave in Hampstead was neglected and obscured by grass and brambles, I wanted to go there, tend and prune, and pray with you.

On Saturday, June 24, 2000, Dana; Donna Osthaus, our tour guide; and eight of us did go there. We laid a dozen white flowers on your grave, and I said for us all, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Even so, says the Spirit, for they rest from their labors.”

We began our pilgrimage by entering Italy at its marvelous gate, Florence. To me, the vision of Fra Angelico’s Virgin receiving her annunciation is worth all the glories of the Renaissance. … Read more