On January 8th and 9th of 2009 UCSIA and VUHP organized a two-day seminar for pastors and pastor's assistants at the colleges and universities in Flanders.
On 8 and 9 January, as per tradition, a seminar brought together the pastoral workers of the universities and schools for higher education in Flanders under the title: “Unknown knowing. Mysticism at the crossroads of beauty and love of one’s neighbour”.
Some thirty-five pastoral workers of the universities and schools for higher education in Flanders explored the meaning of mysticism today. Johan Vanhoutte sj situated inner contemplation as one of the ways to God. Dr. Ria van den Brandt (Radboud University Nijmegen) and the Flemish Dominican en psychotherapist Marcel Braekers introduced the participants to the Medieval Master Eckhart and the contemporary mystic Etty Hillesum. Both figures are relevant to the actual experencience of youth. Musicians Sigiswald Kuijken and Marleen Thiers brought testimony of their own search for God and the professional skills involved in the spiritual music they interpret in their work.
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