Monday, April 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room (152 Westbrook) (Map)
Nohemi Ramirez
(919) 660-3539

The 9th AEHS Study Day, “Pray without Ceasing,” will be led by Christopher Beeley and is open to both clergy and laity. 

This year’s Study Day will offer a new look at early Christian spirituality and its relevance in today’s world. In our rapidly-changing society, Christians and non-Christians alike are finding an abundance of riches in the ancient wisdom of the early Church—a set of beliefs and practices that are both deeply rooted in Christian tradition and yet remarkably flexible in new settings.

Topics for the day will include:

  • the theological shape of the Christian life
  • the spirituality of the Holy Trinity
  • the transformation of the human mind, emotions, and relationships
  • the central practice of unceasing prayer

Plenary presentations will bring the teachings of notable early Christian spiritual guides, such as Origen, the Cappadocians, Augustine, and John Cassian, into conversation with contemporary social and psychological perspectives. The day will include an opportunity for small-group discussion. 

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Beeley is the incoming director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies and has been appointed the Jack & Barbara Bovender Professor of Anglican Studies and Ministry effective July 1, 2018. He currently serves as the Walter H. Gray Associate Professor of Anglican Studies and Patristics at Yale University and teaches early Christian theology and history as well as modern Anglican tradition. Author of the widely-acclaimed Leading God’s People:  Wisdom from the Early Church for Today, Beeley is currently writing a new study of the relevance of early Christian spirituality for today’s church that is scheduled to be published by Eerdmans in 2019.


Registration fee: $65.00
AEHS Alumni: $40.00
Faculty/Staff/Students: $10.00
Parking: $6.00

Registration includes lunch and all study materials. Registration closes April 11 at 11:59 p.m.

Clergy of the diocese of North Carolina may apply to the School of Ministry for a scholarship. To register, you will still need to pay the full amount, a portion of which may be reimbursed in cases of need. Contact Shelley Kappauf at the School of Ministry at (336) 273-5770.


8:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:30 a.m. Morning Session
11:45 a.m. Noon Prayer and Lunch
1:00 p.m. Afternoon Session
4:00 p.m. Blessing and Dismissal

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