Online Learning: Mary Magdalene ~ Apostle to Our Own Times

It can be difficult to find spiritual companions on the contemplative-active way. CAC offers online courses to connect seekers from around the world. Self-paced, 100% online courses engage life-long learners in studying perennial themes from the Christian mystical tradition—in-depth explorations of teachings. Here, the Centre for Action and Contemplation offers an online course about Mary Magdalene.


Course Description

Mary Magdalene is possibly one of the most misunderstood and forgotten characters in the Gospels. Who was this woman who earned the title “Apostle to the Apostles”? While history has often portrayed Mary Magdalene—incorrectly—as a prostitute, there is much to discover about this woman who walked so closely with Jesus. What might her life and example teach us about the sacrament of conscious love at the heart of the Gospel mystery?

Join Cynthia Bourgeault as she brings to light what made Mary Magdalene one of Jesus’ most important and beloved disciples. Discover her legacy as an apostle to our times—revealing a path of conscious love that we too are invited to walk.

Mary Magdalene: Apostle to Our Own Times is an opportunity to see one of Christianity’s most courageous women, featured prominently in the Gospel story, more clearly. Let her guide you to a perspective of Christianity you never knew existed, one we so desperately need today. While it is not required reading for the course, we recommend Cynthia Bourgeault’s book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity as lending support to the course content.

Course Objectives:

  • Cultivate a depth of love in your daily life through reflection and engagement with Cynthia Bourgeault’s teaching.
  • Expand your awareness of Mary Magdalene and what she reveals about the nature of conscious love.
  • Develop contemplative practice(s) to engage and embody these teachings.
  • Connect and learn with others on the journey toward living out the sacrament of love with compassion, generosity, and courage.

Approach:

In this unique, 8-week online course, you will have opportunities to:

Interact with fellow learners from around the world.
Participate in a guided study through recorded teachings and readings from Cynthia Bourgeault and others.
Engage in personal reflection and contemplative practice.
Enjoy 24/7 access to the course material.
Explore new material every week (released Wednesday mornings, US Mountain Time).
Invest 2-4 hours per week in the reading, online discussion, and personal reflections.

Course content will be available until one week after the course end date, or until Midnight, U.S. MT on the Tuesday following the course end date.

Registration closes one week before the course opens or as soon as the course fills, whichever comes first.

More information about the course, dates and enrolment can be found here

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