A James Finley Retreat: Exploring the Foundations of Contemplative Living

Event details

  • Saturday | September 19, 2020
  • All Day
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church 2747 Fairmount Boulevard Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
  • (216) 932-5815

James Finley, Ph.D., lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where the world-renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director. Finley, a writer and practicing psychologist, leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada

Listen to the audio of this retreat held at St. Paul’s on April 29-30, 2016

*Dr. Finley is happy to share these audio recordings with the request that copies NOT be made for sale.

April 29, 2016

A Path to Inner Peace: Freeing the Mind and Heart through Spiritual Sobriety — Universal principles of awakening and transformation that lead to serenity, clarity, fulfillment and God’s nearness in our daily lives.
The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are not just for addicts. In this presentation, James Finley will help us discover that the 12 steps can help all of us to be set free from habits of the mind and heart that perpetuate suffering. Taken together, the 12 steps will be seen to mark out a path, a way of life, that leads to the wondrous state of inner peace spoken of by some of the great poets, philosophers, and the saints and mystics of all the world’s great religions.  Both those in recovery as well as everyone who wants to deepen their ability to live in inner peace and clarity will benefit from attending.

TRACK 033 (4:19) Introductions and thanks by the Rev. Richard Israel, Associate Rector, St. Paul’s

TRACK 034 (41:27) Dr. Finley speaks on how the 12 steps can help all of us to be set free from habits of the mind and heart that perpetuate suffering.

TRACK035 (23:41) Q & A

Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thomas Merton & Teresa of Avila — In this quiet day, we will turn to Teresa’s classic work The Interior Castle in which she helps us  find God by guiding us through the mansions of our own soul.  Throughout the day, we will reflect on passages in Merton’s writings that resonate with the teachings of Teresa.  In this way we will discover how these two Christian mystics, separated by 4 centuries, help us to live in a deep experience of God’s presence in our lives.

TRACK 036 (3:56) Introductions and thanks by the Rev. Richard Israel, Associate Rector, St. Paul’s

TRACK 037 (56:36) Dr. James Finley on Thomas Merton, Pt. 1

TRACK 038 (17:00) Q & A on Pt. 1

TRACK 039 (2:24) Reconvene after break with a note from Sarah Widener, River’s Edge

TRACK 040 (49:55) Dr. James Finley on Thomas Merton, Pt. 2

TRACK 041 (0:19) Dr. James Finley calls for questions (laughing!)

TRACK 042 (18:48) Q & A on Pt. 2

TRACK 043 (4:55) After lunch with a note from Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies

TRACK 044 (50:59) Dr. Finley on Teresa of Avila, Pt. 1

TRACK 045 (18:46) Q& A on Pt. 1

TRACK 046 (1:46) Reconvene after break

TRACK 047 (1:00:52) Dr. Finley on Teresa of Avila, Pt. 2

Sunday, May 1 – Dr. Finley’s Homily at St. Paul’s Sunday Worship Service

05 01 16 JF (11:03)

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Co-sponsored by St. Paul’s, Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies, and River’s Edge.