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Evensong: Rev’d Sue Grimmett speaking about Raimon Panikka
5 June 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Mystics, Theologians and God-botherers at Evensong
The Rev’d Sue Grimmett will speak about Raimon Panikka (1918-2010)
A Catholic priest, theologian and scholar of comparative religion, Panikka was a mystic in the sense of one who, recognising that the divine is beyond rational thought, seeks union with this transcendent reality through prayer, contemplation and loving surrender. Born in Barcelona to a Catalan mother and Indian father, Panikka already brought different cultural lenses to his catholic faith, but it was only after he visited India that he deeply embraced other expressions of spiritual wisdom. He famously stated, “I left Europe as a Christian and found myself a Hindu, and returned as a Buddhist without ever having ceased to be a Christian.” Panikka believed that Christ could be found everywhere, in diverse languages and cultures, and that it is in surrendering to the mystery of the divine rather than seeking to monopolise it, that the tribalisms of Christianity may be overcome.
There will be a discussion with Sue after Evensong over refreshments.
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