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‘Mysticism and the Mass’ topic of UT Center for Religious Understanding lecture

The University of Toledo Center for Religious Understanding will host a lecture titled “Mysticism and the Mass” Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

The lecture will be given by Dr. Peter Feldmeier, who is the Thomas and Margaret Murray/James J. Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at UT.

“The topic is central to Catholic spirituality, and I think something that would be interesting, perhaps entertaining, and educational about the dynamics of the spiritual life,” Feldmeier said. “Mysticism is a topic of great fascination and broad interest in our society, though widely misunderstood or too loosely used. But mysticism, uniting with God in a profoundly transformative way, is one of the great possibilities for the human soul, and some argue the deepest religious aim.”

Feldmeier earned his PhD in Christian spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., and his research areas of interest include Christian spirituality, comparative theology, Buddhist-Christian dialogue and religious mysticism.

He is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the College Theology Society, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and the American Academy of Religion.

“Those attending will learn a great deal about what’s really going on in this most essential sacrament,” Feldmeier said. “They will also learn about mysticism in general and about how sacred rites can make present the very realities they symbolize.”

The free, public lecture will be followed by a dessert reception.

For more information, email the UT Center for Religious Understanding at cfru@utoledo.edu.