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July 10, 2021

Presenter:  Andrew Prevot

Since Karl Rahner popularized the idea of the mysticism of ordinary life several decades ago, it has become conventional to think about mysticism, not as a rare possibility of paranormal experience which belongs to an elite and exclusive group of vowed contemplatives, but as a widespread possibility for deeper relationship with God that is available to everyone in their everyday lives. This expansion of mysticism opens new questions about whose experiences of God count as "ordinary" or normative and how differences of race, gender, class, and other historical variables shape our understanding of mysticism. Prof. Andrew Prevot, reflects on these questions in conversation with Latinx and Black/Womanist sources.

Sponsored by the STM.

Andrew L. Prevot, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, Boston College Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences