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Jane Baird Lecture: Featuring Carl McColman

  • The Cathedral Book Store 2744 Peachtree Road Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30305 United States (map)

The Cathedral Book Store, located at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW, is pleased to welcome Carl McColman as the 2017 speaker for its annual Jane Baird Lecture. The title of his lecture is: "The Christian of the Future Will Be a Mystic." 

The 20th century Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner famously predicted that in the future, Christians will be mystics - or will not exist at all. What does this mean, for the ordinary person of faith? Drawing on a variety of sources including Evelyn Underhill, Thomas Merton, and the great mystics of the past, Carl McColman reflects on this challenging statement from Rahner and offers some insight into how ordinary Christians today just might become the mystics of the future.

Carl McColman, a noted writer, speaker, and retreat leader, is a Lay Cistercian at the monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. His book Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality was the Winner of the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award for best Religious/Inspirational Book. 

His other books include: The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality; Answering the Contemplative Call: First Steps on the Mystical Path; Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints & Sages; and The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader: Spiritual Lessons from C.S. Lewis's Narnia. For more information, visit his web site at:

There will be a book signing and refreshments following the event. The Cathedral Book Store will also be open.  The event is open to the public and free but reservations are requested.  Please RSVP by 9/20. 

You may also RSVP by contacting or by calling 404-237-7582