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Janet K. Ruffing to Offer Annual Spirituality Lecture on Love Mysticism

4 February 2010


Janet K. Ruffing to Offer Annual Spirituality Lecture on Love Mysticism

New York City – On Tuesday, March 9 at 8 pm the Center for Christian Spirituality at The General janet-ruffing-photo 1Theological Seminary will hold the 2010 Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality.  Janet K. Ruffing, RSM will deliver the address, entitled Love Mysticism: Relic or Contemporary Reality?  Dr. Ruffing is Professor of the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership at Yale Divinity School.  A Sister of Mercy from California, she previously was professor of spirituality and spiritual direction at Fordham University.  She has published five books: Uncovering Stories of Faith: Spiritual Direction and Narrative; Mysticism and Social Transformation (ed); Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginning; Elisabeth Leseur: Selected Writings;  and To Tell the Sacred Tale: Spiritual Direction and Narrative. She is a founding member of Spiritual Directors International and is currently President Elect of The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. She has been an associate editor for The Way and serves on the editorial board for Presence


The Center for Christian Spirituality has a twofold mission. Drawing upon the rich resources of an accredited seminary, the Center educates and forms leaders to offer ministries of spiritual guidance, including spiritual direction. The Center also offers opportunities for spiritual growth to anyone seeking to enhance their relationship with the holy. 


The Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality heralds the place of the field of spirituality within the theological academy. In 2008, the lecture was endowed by a generous gift from the Kay Butler Gill estate, in gratitude for Kay’s years of study and formation at The Center for Christian Spirituality and ministry as a spiritual director who, as she so thoughtfully put it, “had spiritual conversations with others.”


The CCS is a learning center of The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, founded in 1817.



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