Monday, December 18th, 2023


10:00 am – 11:30 am



Christianity is in a time of major transition brought about by changes in culture, technology, politics, and pandemic. At times, it can feel like there are very few resources to help guide spiritual leaders through these moments. Thankfully, we have the mystical tradition to help us find a way to God and evolve in our faith. This class will reach back to some of the most important figures of the mystic tradition from both Christianity and other traditions. Their wisdom will help us look forward to the future. Advent is a perfect time to engage in these wisdom teachers of the past as we wait for the fulfillment of all creation!


This class presented by The Hive is open to all and will be especially useful for those who serve as spiritual leaders in their communities. Thanks to the partnership with the Serviam Institute and The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, clergy who take this course will receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Units CEU.


Each class will be held LIVE on Zoom on Mondays 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • November 27th, 2023
  • December 4th, 2023
  • December 11th, 2023
  • December 18th, 2023

Every class will include seminary-level instruction from The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, Episcopal priest, recent Affiliated Professor of Ascetic & Liturgical Theology at The General Theological Seminary, and founder of The Hive online spirituality and wellness community. In addition, participants will gain insight and wisdom from historic and modern mystics as well as spiritual practices to use in their own ministerial settings. Space for prayer and holy conversation with spiritual companions will be a hallmark of our time together.


Topics We'll Cover:  

- Mapping the Mystic Path- Awakening an Evolving Faith 

- Indigenous Wisdom & Vision Quests 

- Divine Mothers & Cosmic Brides- Wisdom from the Women Doctors of the Faith 

- Greening Our Faith- Living for Seven Generations  z

- Dark Nights of the Soul 

- Learning to pray with the mystics


Led by the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining

Hillary currently serves as the first woman Rector of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, PA. She teaches both on The Hive as well as seminary classes and is a sought after retreat leader. As a writer, Raining has published in both academia and ecclesia. She is the author of Joy in Confession and co-author with Amy Dolan of Faith with a Twist. She holds a B.A. with honors in Religion and Psychology from Moravian College, a Masters of Divinity from Yale and the Institute of Sacred Music and is a graduate from Drew University with a Doctorate in Ministry. Raining is also a yoga teacher, bee keeper, and environmentalist.