Archive for eNews Article

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 […]

I’ll Meet You There

Today’s post is by Tilden Edwards Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.  ~Rumi, in “Open Secret: Versions of Rumi” […]

Pilgrimage: The Way of the Heart

Article by Carole Crumley (in January 2017 eNews) This past month, it seems that everything in my life has been in motion. Trips to stores, shops, the post office have multiplied exponentially. Precious visits to family and friends have kept us on the road. Christmas scripture readings have magnified this sense of movement. A young […]

Deep Interconnection in this Election Season

by Patience Robbins, excerpted from a Wednesday Election Guided Prayer Session (in November eNews) “Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother, this we know. The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected, like the blood which unites […]

Contemplative Grounding in the Midst of Overwhelming Challenges

Article by Margaret Benefiel (in the October eNews) In the face of bitter political division, environmental degradation, police shooting of black men and shooting of police, the refugee crisis, wars, world hunger, and international political tensions, I sometimes find myself feeling helpless and even hopeless. Over dinner with friends, when the topic turns to such […]

Shared Spiritual Companionship

Article by Tilden Edwards (in September 2016 eNews) The medieval mystic Hafiz said, “Like a great starving beast, my body is quivering, fixed on the scent of Light.” That’s a radical thought for us to bring to spiritual direction, both as director and directee. That quivering in me is the strong, graced desire for communion — […]

Online Presence

Article by Gerald May (in August 2016 eNews) In 1995, when the Internet was still fairly young, Shalem staff member Jerry May reflected on the spiritual possibilities of this new online space for himself and for Shalem. Here is an edited, shortened version of the original article that appeared in the Shalem News, Summer 1995. […]

To be a pilgrim…

Article by Peter Crosby (from July 2016 eNews) “What is the purpose of your visit to Scotland?” My first thought in response to the standard question at the border was, “Pilgrimage and the refreshment of my spirit!” However, my second thought was, “That’s way more than what is being asked!” So I just replied, “Holiday.” […]

July 07, 2016 by Peter Crosby 1 Comment
Categories: Community and Pilgrimage. Formats: Article and eNews Article.

The World Needs More Poetry

Article by Bryan Berghoef (featured in June 2016 eNews) “Lectio divina is like reading poetry: We need to slow down, to savor what we read, and to allow the text to trigger memories and associations that reside below the threshold of awareness.” ~Michael Casey in Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina Michael Casey compares poetry […]

Love in Action: A Prayer for Young Adults

Article by Aria M. Kirkland-Harris (featured in May 2016 eNews) As I prepared for Shalem’s Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative (YALLI) closing day program last spring, I pulled out my original application materials to see what had opened up over the two-year program. I think I was expecting to find some profound revelation to […]