Mystics of Many Religions: A Twelve-Week Course

Join us on Sundays, for a twelve-week course surveying the various forms of mysticism that have evolved in nearly every major religious tradition. The course will be taught by Jabez Van Cleef, a Madison poet who has published paraphrases of all of these texts. 

January 15 – April 2, 2017
12:30 – 2pm

The course, which is free on a first-come, first served basis, will investigate poetic paraphrases of religious texts as follows:
• The Navajo Creation Story
• The Revelations of Divine Love, by Julian of Norwich
• The Cloud of Unknowing (Anonymous)
• Poetry of Kabir
• Voices from the margin of Christianity, including Nag Hammadi documents
• The Fire of Love, by The Hermit Richard Rolle
• The Popol Vuh, a poetic interpretation of creation stories from Central America
• The Alchemy of Happiness, by the Sufi mystic Al Ghazali
• Myth and folklore of the Saami, indigenous people of northern Scandinavia
• Little Job, a private devotional poetry cycle based on the book of Job

All course materials (xerox copies) will be provided free of charge and if students wish they can purchase books to explore a particular subject in more detail. Books are priced at $10 or $12 depending on the length of the book. 

In a general way, the course is intended to validate mysticism as a spiritual act which gives primary authority to the individual imagination in creating a meaningful relationship with divinity. 

For more information contact Jabez Van Cleef at 973-270-3795 or email