Mark S. Burrows
Mark S. Burrows
First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm Street, will host a free, public retreat led by professor Mark S. Burrows on “The Wisdom of Meister Eckhart: An Invitation to Deep Simplicity” on Saturday, February 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burrows will introduce Eckhart, a radical thinker who lived at the turn of the 14th century, drawing on readings from Eckhart and poetic renderings of his teaching from two of Burrows’ recent books, “Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart” (2017) and “Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets” (2019) — volumes a critic recently hailed as “brimming with passion, originality, and depth.”

Eckhart gave voice to a unitive teaching about the “God beyond God,” seeing each creature as bearing the “spark” of the divine. The question that will guide participants, as it did Eckhart, is what it means to live from the “ground” of our lives, which is love. No prior knowledge of Eckhart is expected.
Burrows is a poet, teacher and scholar of medieval religion. He currently serves as professor of religion and literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany), dividing his time between Germany and Camden. He is married to Rev. Dr. Ute S. Molitor, minister of the First Congregational Church. To learn more about him, visit

Seating is limited. A simple soup lunch will be provided, with a freewill offering going to the Shields Mission Project Fund. For more information or to register, call the church at 236-4821.