On September 22, 2010, Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. and Emory University signed an agreement to house the works of Fr. Thomas Keating at the Pitts Theological Library of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The works will be processed into well-preserved and research-quality collections readied for scholarly research purposes. The University will also dedicate a high-profile web page showcasing the collection with several visuals of varying materials in a searchable key word interface. The library will work in collaboration with the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory, as well as the Candler School of Theology at Emory, to integrate the Keating Papers into both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The materials will be exhibited, and academic speakers will periodically be invited to present on the materials.
Emory was an intriguing choice for Contemplative Outreach in part because of its “Collaborative for Contemplative Studies Initiative”. This is a strategic university-wide program aimed at broadening and deepening the knowledge of contemplative practices of the world’s religious traditions. Emory also has a relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Emory was already teaching Centering Prayer, and Open Mind, Open Heart is required reading in one of the religious studies courses.
Contemplative Outreach’s Gift Committee established criteria for an archive to house Fr. Keating’s works and Emory met these criteria. The Keating collection will be given prominence, with great potential for broad and active use of the materials. Emory has committed a dedicated archivist to the materials, where researchers will have easy access to Atlanta and the University.
The University is a private, well respected institution with a large endowment. Contemplative Outreach is pleased to find a home for the works that will actively promote contemplative spirituality and Fr. Thomas’ teachings.