Bethel University New President: “Catholic friends taught me about contemplative prayer.”

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Bethel University in St. Paul, MN has elected a new president. James (Jay) Barnes III has been chosen to fill the spot. Bethel University has been a proponent of contemplative spirituality for some time. The new president may follow suit as he states in his “Faith Journey” profile on the university site, “My Catholic friends taught me about contemplative prayer.”

Those who have researched contemplative spirituality know that the present day contemplative prayer movement was brought to mainstream Christianity largely through Catholic contemplative monks Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, and Basil Pennington. If Barnes promotes this Catholic contemplative prayer at Bethel, students will receive the spirituality of these three men, each who believe[d] that eastern mysticism is an avenue through which man awakens to his inner divinity. A search throughout Bethel’s website shows that many of the books being used at the school are written by contemplatives, panentheists, universalists, etc. Some of those include: Henri Nouwen, Anne Lamott, Marjorie Thompson (Soul Feast), Thomas Merton, and Richard Foster.

For a list of Christian colleges, seminaries, and universities that are going toward contemplative, click here.

Bethel University New President: “Catholic friends taught me about contemplative prayer.”

 
Bethel University in St. Paul, MN has elected a new president. James (Jay) Barnes III has been chosen to fill the spot. Bethel University has been a proponent of contemplative spirituality for some time. The new president may follow suit as he states in his “Faith Journey” profile on the university site, “My Catholic friends taught me about contemplative prayer.”

Those who have researched contemplative spirituality know that the present day contemplative prayer movement was brought to mainstream Christianity largely through Catholic contemplative monks Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, and Basil Pennington. If Barnes promotes this Catholic contemplative prayer at Bethel, students will receive the spirituality of these three men, each who believe[d] that eastern mysticism is an avenue through which man awakens to his inner divinity. A search throughout Bethel’s website shows that many of the books being used at the school are written by contemplatives, panentheists, universalists, etc. Some of those include: Henri Nouwen, Anne Lamott, Marjorie Thompson (Soul Feast), Thomas Merton, and Richard Foster.

For a list of Christian colleges, seminaries, and universities that are going toward contemplative, click here.

 
Bethel University in St. Paul, MN has elected a new president. James (Jay) Barnes III has been chosen to fill the spot. Bethel University has been a proponent of contemplative spirituality for some time. The new president may follow suit as he states in his “Faith Journey” profile on the university site, “My Catholic friends taught me about contemplative prayer.”

Those who have researched contemplative spirituality know that the present day contemplative prayer movement was brought to mainstream Christianity largely through Catholic contemplative monks Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, and Basil Pennington. If Barnes promotes this Catholic contemplative prayer at Bethel, students will receive the spirituality of these three men, each who believe[d] that eastern mysticism is an avenue through which man awakens to his inner divinity. A search throughout Bethel’s website shows that many of the books being used at the school are written by contemplatives, panentheists, universalists, etc. Some of those include: Henri Nouwen, Anne Lamott, Marjorie Thompson (Soul Feast), Thomas Merton, and Richard Foster.

For a list of Christian colleges, seminaries, and universities that are going toward contemplative, click here.

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