• Dana Greene

    • Dana Greene is the co-founder of the Evelyn Underhill Association, formerly on the Boards of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and  Associates for Religion and Intellectual Life, and is a member of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and Biographers International.  Dana is Dean Emerita of Oxford College of Emory University and author of several books, including: Elizabeth Jennings: The Inward War, Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life, Evelyn Underhill: Artist of the Infinite Life and The Living of Maisie Ward.

Transforming the Heart

In these last turbulent weeks I have been strengthened by this passage from Ezekiel: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”  To be human is to have a heart of stone.  We fight, do violence, lie, destroy […]

April 04, 2022 by Dana Greene 5 Comments

Evelyn Underhill: Foremother of Contemporary Spirituality

The Book of Wisdom promises that “In each generation wisdom passes into holy souls, she makes them friends of God and prophets.” In our own times we need to be on the lookout for these “friends of God and prophets” whom we will find in unlikely places.  Although they appear to serve their own times, […]

June 06, 2021 by Dana Greene

Recalibrating Humility

I have been pondering the virtues, those aspects of character that are central to the spiritual life. Gradually, I’ve come to understand that we don’t have a virtue, rather it has us, and the only way to know if the virtue has us is by its fruits. As Paul says, it is by their fruits […]

May 05, 2021 by Dana Greene

The Practical Mysticism of Evelyn Underhill

Today’s post is by Dana Greene Evelyn Underhill, the Anglican religious writer, had a leading role in the first half of the twentieth century in reviving interest in mysticism and  translating  the insights of the great mystics for the ordinary person. Her life’s work and achievement were confirmed by her friend T. S. Eliot who […]

September 09, 2018 by Dana Greene

Poetry as Prelude to Prayer

Article by Dana Greene (June 2017 eNews) Poetry like prayer is a form of primary speech, an expression of the intensity of life breaking forth in language. Both can tap into latent energy, expand it, and in the process create a communion, which overcomes separation and loneliness. Both evoke a powerful attachment to life, engaging […]

June 06, 2017 by Dana Greene 4 Comments