Rev. Tilden Edwards to discuss contemplative spirituality Aug. 28
“Contemplative Spirituality - East and West” is the topic of the final session of the adult education program sponsored by the Episcopal Parish of All Saints’ Church & St. George’s Chapel, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28. The program will be held in All Saints’ parish hall, 18 Olive Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. There is no charge. The public is invited.
The speaker is the Rev. Tilden Edwards, founder and senior fellow of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C. Edwards was executive director of the Shalem Institute from its independent foundation in 1979 until 2000.
“Contemplative spirituality is the heart of all deep world religions,” Edwards says. “Together they offer our conflicted and floundering world a shared, transcendent way of understanding human nature, calling and community. It is contemplative spirituality that potentially offers the world a shared ground from which to evolve the common good.”
Over the years, Edwards has designed and led many ecumenical extension programs for spiritual leaders (beginning with one of the earliest programs for spiritual directors), as well as many ecumenical and denominational workshops, retreats and lectures related to the spiritual life for both ordained and lay people, across the United States and in Korea, Canada and South America.
Edwards is the author or editor of eight books: “Embracing Spiritual Depth”; “Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion”; “Living in the Presence”; “Spiritual Friend”; “Sabbath Time”; “Living with Apocalypse” (ed.); “All God’s Children”; and “Living Simply Through the Day,” as well as articles in many periodicals.
He holds a BA degree in cultural anthropology, magna cum laude, from Stanford; an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School; a PhD from the Union Graduate Institute; a Certificate of Anglican Studies from the Episcopal Theological School; and an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1962 in Washington National Cathedral.
Prior to Shalem, from 1967 to 1978, he was executive director of the Metropolitan Ecumenical Training Center in Washington, D.C., and director of the Urban Training Program for five seminaries in the Washington area. A native of Texas, Edwards currently lives in Bethesda, Md., with his wife Mary, a social worker.
Edwards’ lecture is the last in the parish’s Spirituality Outside the Box: Living a Spiritual Life in the 21st Century adult education series. The program has focused on ways that spirituality is manifesting itself in the contemporary world. Light refreshments will be available after the presentation. Parking is available on the street or in the church lot near the corner of Olive Avenue and First Street in Rehoboth.