(January 20, 2015)

New Monastic Leader Wilson-Hartgrove to visit Centenary

SHREVEPORT, LA — Author, speaker, and New Monastic Leader Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove will visit the Centenary community on Wednesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 29. He comes to Centenary as a Centennial Eminent Scholars Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies and in collaboration with the Yellow House of Highland.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The Wisdom of Stability book talk: Wednesday, January 28, 7 p.m. at the Yellow House of Highland. By invitation only.

Christian Leadership presentation: "The Real and Ideal of New Monasticism:" Thursday, January 29, 6 p.m., in Kilpatrick Auditorium at Centenary College. Open to the public.

A native of North Carolina, Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and speaker. He is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.

In 2003, Wilson-Hartgrove and his wife, Leah, founded the Rutba House, where formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Wilson-Hartgrove directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the Rutba House to create meaningful communities with children in their neighborhood. He is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.

Wilson-Hartgrove is a co-compiler of the celebrated Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals and the author of several books on Christian spirituality, including Strangers at My Door, The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism.

An evangelical Christian who connects with the broad spiritual tradition and its monastic witnesses, Wilson-Hartgrove is a leader in the New Monasticism movement. He speaks often about emerging Christianity to churches and conferences across the denominational spectrum.