Dwelling in the Wilderness

Date(s) - November 22, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Vancouver School of Theology

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Dwelling in the Wilderness: Place, Landscape, and the Sacred Among Catholic Monks in the American West

A monk’s purpose is to seek God, and monks in Roman Catholic tradition are specifically called to seek God in place. This is why 12th-century Trappist monk Stephen Harding called monks lovers of the place. By devoting their lives to a single community often located in remote and secluded locales, monks find God in the eccentricities of their fellow monks, and the particularities of the created order. To ‘dwell in the wilderness’ as this talk is titled might seem like a paradox to contemporary ears; but for the monk whose sole purpose is to seek the paradise of God in the wilderness of the human heart, it is a way of life. Join Jason Brown as he discusses this fascinating topic at this Research Colloquium. All are welcome – no admission.

Jason M. Brown 
Research Affiliate at VST
Ph.D. Candidate, The Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability (IRES) | University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Holyscapes Project


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