Life in Christ: Practicing Christian Spirituality by Julia Gatta
EDSD is excited to introduce this opportunity to deepen your discipleship with your small group! Join Bishop Susan, as she guides us through a study of Julia Gatta’s engaging book, Life in Christ: Practicing Christian Spirituality.
With its great heritage from English mystics, the Episcopal Church has been “spiritual” since before it was trendy, and modern Episcopalians have been in the forefront of exploring practices beyond Anglican boundaries. Yet, perhaps only rarely do they grasp the implications of the theology embedded in these practices or in the liturgies of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, which has shaped Episcopalians in this country with its emphasis on baptismal spirituality and the centrality of the Eucharist. Julia Gatta wants to change that with her new book, Life in Christ. Applying her years of experience as pastor and spiritual director combined with her study of the spiritual wisdom of the past, she explores common Christian practices and their underlying theology through an Episcopal lens. In the tradition of Esther de Waal, Martin Smith, and Martin Thornton, with particular reference to scripture, The Book of Common Prayer, and the wisdom of the Christian spiritual tradition, she illuminates methods readers may already be practicing and provides insight and guidance to ones that may be new to them.
Spanning 5 sessions, Bishop Susan will offer a video reflection on a chapter of the book, and provide questions for individuals or groups to reflect and engage with the text.