Today’s post is by Maria Cristina Borges Alvarez, a Cuban priest serving in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. ~Psalm 42, 1-2a How my soul has longed for those streams of water […]
by Carole Crumley In this series, we have tried to describe contemplative leadership. We have talked about creativity, compassion, and collaboration and there could be many other words that we might name as qualities of contemplative leadership. For me, all of these qualities rise from the realm of presence, our open presence to Divine Presence. […]
In light of the dismay and fear many are sensing this week, we wanted to share a few brief remarks from Shalem leaders in the wake of Tuesday’s election results. Margaret Benefiel: In my wrestling with the election results, I sense we will certainly need to seek deep contemplative grounding to live faithfully through these next […]
Today’s post is by Cordelia Burpee “Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.” ~Abraham Joshua Heschel I have been doing a lot of walking lately. I thought it might be boring—all that time alone with no one to talk to, nothing to listen to—but I have realized […]
There were days in my parish ministry when I wondered if there was anything “spiritual” happening in our church community. We often seemed to be caught up in preserving the institution, instead of deepening our relationship with the Holy One and each other. In looking back, I am aware of the Spirit’s quiet nudge to enroll in this program whose subtitle said it all: “going deeper.”
In my first residency, I knew I was in the right place. To a person, we were hungry, for true spiritual community, where we could share our hunger with others and our deep desire to be spiritually grounded leaders. Our gatherings were filled with many occasions of powerful spiritual presence in communal silence. There were incredible seminars that opened our minds and awakened our hearts. There was a real sense of our common life together, one built on trust, where we could be vulnerable, practice deep listening and share seriously with light hearts, joy and a sense of humor. We were living in a spiritual community.
At the 2009 Shalem Society Gathering, Shalem staff presented groundbreaking work on Contemplative Leadership. In this section, we share the thoughts of Carole Crumley, Ann Dean, Leah Rampy, Liz Ward and Tilden Edwards on what it means to be a contemplative leader in today’s world. Leading from Within the Living Presence, by Carole Crumley Creative Contemplative […]