The Quietists' Quest
Jim Wilson, Poet and Many Rivers Manager
Original Date: Thursday, July 14, 2011

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A contemplative and mystical movement arose in the 1600's known as Quietism. At first met with great enthusiasm it was later systematically suppressed. However, the Quietists exerted a lasting influence on John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist tradition, on the Lutheran Pietists, and on the emerging Quaker tradition. The Quietists advocated a turning inward in silence and stillness and through that process experiencing the presence of God. The evening's talk will center on the process of Quietist Contemplation and we will discuss what the Quietists have to offer us who live in such an activist oriented world.

Jim Wilson has a background in East Asian Buddhist studies, is a member of a local Quaker Meeting, has been a Prison Chaplain, and spends much of his free time these days writing poetry.

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