Recover The Voice of Intentional Awareness of God through Mindfulness
This 1 ½ hour session will explore what Christians have always practiced: mindfulness. Yet, from the popular landscape of mindfulness movement, you’d never know that. Where is the Christian voice in this fast-growing movement? This presentation helps us recover that voice through the biblical framework on mindfulness as intentional awareness of our lives with God. First, we focus on Jesus, who invites us to have “eyes to see and ears to hear.”
In the midst of a world of digital screens, social media and around-the-clock newsfeeds, Jesus calls us to be present in our own lives, right here, right now, to see what God might be up to in the midst of it all. Second, we turn to Hebrew traditions that shaped Jesus, including the Bread of Presence and Shekinah. Third, we survey Christian practices of mindfulness over 2,000 years. In addition, we will walk through some Christian mindfulness practices.
About the Speaker
Dr. Amy G. Oden is a Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality, currently teaching for several seminaries. She has served on the faculties of Oklahoma City University, Saint Paul School of Theology and Wesley Theological Seminary where she also served as Dean. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University and a baccalaureate in Letters from University of Oklahoma.
Born and raised on the prairies of Oklahoma, Amy has found her spiritual home under the wide-open sky. Her passion is to introduce spiritual practices that can ground and nourish lives for justice in the world.
Amy teaches theology, history of Christianity and spiritual formation, walking with students in learning. She has won teaching awards and is in demand as a speaker. Amy is a spiritual director, companioning people as they listen for God in day-to-day life. She has published 4 books that all focus on bringing voices of ancient wisdom to inform and illuminate contemporary life.Visit Amy’s website: https://www.amyoden.com/