Bob Thompson will present a workshop series, “Waking Up to a Voluptuous God,” based on his book, A Voluptuous God: A Christian Heretic Speaks, on the following Sundays from 5:00 – 6:30: May 18, June 1, and June 15 at Lake Street Church, 607 Lake Street, Evanston, IL.

The purpose of this workshop is to remind us of what we know in the deepest recesses of our souls. Awakening to the voluptuous God is not a secret, nor is it a product to be discovered. We awaken to this Mysterious and accessible Presence as we learn to quiet our minds. The mind creates static and prevents us from experiencing the God who is present in the soul.

God is not the end of our journey but the Presence that sustains us on our way. This Presence is available to every human being regardless of gender, gender orientation, ethnicity, class or religion.

The mystics of the East and the West, point the way to this awakening. They remind us that awakening to the voluptuous Presence is a process rather than a product. They remind us that God is not met in dogma but in the real and raw experience of life, and spiritual practice opens the door to Divine awareness.

Together, we will explore where this Divine Presence has appeared in our lives but more importantly, how to open ourselves to it, here and now. To open to this Presence is to see that no matter what befalls us, we are never alone.

Disclaimers: You will not reach a state of enlightenment in this workshop. You will not achieve a permanent unitive state with God because of this workshop. This workshop will not fix your life in any way or point the way to a panacea of any kind.

Nonetheless, workshop participants will take away a deepened appreciation of the importance of spiritual practice and an increased awareness of the Presence of God in the ordinary experiences of life. Join Bob as he leads us in this provocative study

If you would like to attend any or all the workshop sessions, please RSVP directly to Bob at, or call the church office 847-864-2181.