Celtic Christianity: A Way to Live
Sewanee, TN 37375
Join Paul John Martin for a three-day, two-night retreat that explores Celtic Christianity: A Way to Live.
Celtic Christianity is, Martin says, a shorthand term for describing the way of understanding and living out of faith that flourished at the Western edge of Europe from the 5th through the 10th centuries CE. Though the Celts were loyal members of the worldwide church, they were far away from the state-molded church of Rome. Influences from Celtic culture and society, the near-Eastern Desert fathers and mothers, and elsewhere, helped birth an approach to the Good News that is at once holistic and close to the apostolic version and also strikingly in tune with today’s issues.
In this retreat, Martin will lead participants as they learn more about Celtic Christianity:
– It is a Way of Life that frames one’s efforts to live every day in the way of Jesus.
– Meet kindred spirits who, though separated by distance, have become a tribe.
– Explore how Celts believed that God is revealed in creation as well as scripture and learn how their concern for the environment was hard-wired into their faith.
– See how their evangelism was peaceful and based on the attraction of whole, caring lives.
Paul John Martin has twice served as Guardian of the Community of Aidan and Hilda in the U.S., a dispersed, ecumenical, neo-monastic fellowship drawing inspiration from the lives of Celtic Saints. He holds as master’s degree in Greek from Oxford University and a seminary diploma from Durham University.
Raised in England, Martin has lived in the United State for more than 30 years. He is a former Episcopal priest and retired business owner who lives in St. Louis Park, MN where he is a member of Union Congregational Church (United Church of Christ).