The Mary Interlandi '05 Lecture

The Mary Interlandi '05 Memorial Lecture is an annual event made possible by the generosity of Elizabeth and John Interlandi in memory of their daughter and co-hosted by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life and the Contemplative Studies Initiative.

Andrew Dreitcer, Ph.D.Andrew Dreitcer, Ph.D.Andrew Dreitcer, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Spirituality, Claremont School of Theology.  His current research and teaching interests lie in the exploration of the nature and experience of contemplative practices across religious traditions, the relationship between spiritual practices and neuroscientific understandings, the ways in which contemplative practices form compassionate actions and attitudes of living, and Christianity as a spiritual path of engaged compassion.  He is Director of Spiritual Formation at Claremont School of Theology and Co-Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion.

Practicing Radical Compassion: A Workshop
Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Winnick Chapel, Glenn and Darcy Weiner Center
80 Brown Street
Providence, RI 02906
$5 with Brown/RISD ID $15 General Public
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Compassion lies at the heart of contemplative traditions. But how do you become truly compassionate, radically compassionate, love-your-enemies compassionate? This retreat-like workshop answers that question through a guided exploration of The Compassion Practice: a meditative process shaped by contemplative Christian wisdom that cultivates compassion for yourself and for others (even those experienced as "enemies").

Loving Our Enemies: A Contemplative Christian Approach to Compassion
Monday, March 3, 2014 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
Brown University
75 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02912
Free and open to the Public
The stories of Jesus' actions and teachings contain profound invitations to "love your enemies." The Christian contemplative traditions have insisted that this call to compassion lies at the heart of not only the spiritual life, but human life. This presentation will explore three key dynamics of the compassion-formation practices of the contemplative Christian path: relationality, imagination, and emotion.