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Contemplative Leadership: Born of Compassion

Today’s post is by Leah Rampy When compassion fills my heart,  free from all desire,  I sit quietly like the earth. My silent cry echoes like thunder  throughout the universe.  – Rumi What does it mean for us to be called to compassion, graced with the capacity and the desire? What do we notice about […]

Be Active and Know

Today’s post is by Jeff Nelson To help him with his schoolwork, we’ve purchased several fidget cubes for our son. If you aren’t familiar with these, they are small six-sided objects, each side with a series of buttons to press, switches to click, balls to roll with your thumb, and so on. They were born […]

March 03, 2017 by Jeff Nelson
Categories: Body Prayer and Prayer. Tags: active, children, labyrinth, prayer, and presence. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Group Spiritual Direction

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins Group spiritual direction, also known by other names such as sacred listening circles or prayerful listening circles, is a wonderful process for nurturing values such as mutuality, reverence, deep listening and compassion. Mutuality speaks of a circle model, in which everyone participates.  No one is an expert or the […]

A Mystic for Our Times

Today’s article is by Mirabai Starr (March 2017 eNews) What can Teresa of Avila offer us five hundred years after her death? Teresa models the living balance between action and contemplation, serving others and developing an interior life, engaging in passionate human relationships and surrendering to the divine mystery. She was an ecstatic mystic and skillful […]

Streams of Water

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 […]

February 02, 2017 by Maria Cristina Borges Alvarez
Categories: clergy, Clergy & Congregation, and Contemplative Leadership. Tags: clergy, cuba, san diego, and spanish. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Inner Authority

Today’s post is by Lerita Coleman Brown For Howard Thurman an important principle linking contemplation to social activism was the notion of Inner Authority. …Both Jesus and Thurman believed that no matter how repressive external circumstances become, as children of God, we are each created with this inner sanctuary. Thus, being aware of one’s inner […]

This is a Time for Contemplatives

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins As I continue to feel the turbulence, conflict and great uncertainty in the air, in me, in our country and world, I struggle to remember what I know from my many years of intentional spiritual practice and my life as a contemplative. Here are a few things that come: […]

Art: Awakening Us to Everyday Wonders

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen My friend Kathryn and I successfully navigated the Metro this morning and made our way to the Musée d’Orsay. Originally it was a railway station that included a hotel and reception room, but as train transportation changed, the station was gradually abandoned. In 1977 the French government decided […]

February 02, 2017 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality and Pilgrimage. Tags: art, cezanne, money, musée d'Orsay, paris, pilgrimage, renoir, and travel. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

The Quiet Miracles of Spiritual Direction in Groups

Today’s article is by Ginger Essink (in February 2017 eNews) I fell in love with what Shalem has to offer by starting in group spiritual direction. During the five years I was with my group, I was more enriched than I had ever imagined possible. This program of once-a-month meetings can create deep relationships in […]

Spiritual Companions across the Centuries

Today’s post is by Margaret Benefiel “Rebuild my church.”  God used these words from Francis of Assisi’s story to speak to me as I sat in prayer with two spiritual companions in Greensboro, North Carolina, after a heartbreaking disillusionment.  I had left a job that I had thought was my dream job, my dream shattered.  […]