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James Baldwin: Contemplative Prophet of Love

  • Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT, 06107 United States (map)

James Baldwin: Contemplative Prophet of Love


Saturday, January 11, 2020

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rev. Mark Longhurst

In this workshop, we will explore the work of American writer and activist James Baldwin through the lens of mysticism, prophecy, and love. We’ll consider the Hebrew prophets as mystics, James Baldwin as continuing the witness of prophecy, and Baldwin’s reflections on racism fueled by the fierce vision of love that grounded his work. Included in the day are intentional practices of silence, chanting Psalms, and conscious dialogue.

Offering: $65, includes lunch

Presenter Profile

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Rev. Mark Longhurst

Rev. Mark Longhurst is a writer and pastor of the First Congregational Church in the Berkshire hills of Williamstown, MA. His deepest passion is to support the awakening and renewal of a justice-seeking contemplative vision for our own lives and time. He worked for activist organizations in the Boston area and earned an M.Div. at Harvard Divinity School but credits his study with Richard Rohr for setting his heart on fire with love for God through the Christian mystical tradition. He regularly blogs for Ordinary Mystic, hosted by

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