Opening to the Spirit

Do you desire support and enrichment for your prayer life?  Do you wish to develop or deepen a consistent spiritual practice?Carole_Crumley_headshot

Join Carole Crumley as she illuminates the introductory core prayer practices found in Tilden Edwards’ Living in the Presence. Weekly material will focus on nurturing presence through body, breath & mind (with audio guided meditations from Tilden Edwards, Marlene Maier, and the late Gerald May). This offering is a part of our Online School of Contemplative Prayer Series.

  • Overview
  • Dates & Times
  • Cost & Registration
  • Leadership Packages
  • Testimonials

Wherever you are in your prayer life, whether you feel like a beginner or want to deepen a particular practice, whether wanting to explore new ways of praying or are seeking the support of like-spirited others, the School of Contemplative Prayer offers something for you.

The sessions are experiential and will include:

  • enrichment and support for your daily practice through weekly course material, contemplative quotes and images, and midweek e-mail check-ins;
  • encouragement for opening to God through a particular way of praying, offered through weekly brief video teachings led by Carole Crumley and guided meditations and reflections from Shalem’s archives of classic and timeless voices of Tilden Edwards, Marlene Maier and Gerald May;
  • opportunities for journaling and shared reflection with other participants through a simple, secure, members only web space.

During the six-week course, since each session builds on the previous weeks’ sessions, we encourage you to participate in all sessions sequentially. The online aspect of the course offers you the flexibility of viewing the course material at any time during your day that is right for you. Through it all, your daily silent prayer discipline is the most important aspect of this course.

Here are some questions that may help you discern the rightness of this course for you:

Do you desire support and enrichment for your prayer life?

Do you wish to develop or deepen a consistent spiritual practice?

Do you desire to open more fully to God?

Are you seeking to connect with authentic spiritual community online?

If these questions touch something that you are yearning for in your spiritual life, then join us for the refreshment, vitality and deepening in prayer that is made possible because we are together in this expanded form of spiritual community.

Technical requirements: Biweekly e-mails connect you to the course website after you set up your profile. Adjust your email spam filters to receive emails from helpdesk@shalem.org before the course start date. Teachings are hosted by YouTube. Weekly reflection questions are offered for download viewing and printing. Prayerful technical assistance is offered via email.

For further information: Contact helpdesk@shalem.org or (301-897-7334)

Dates
Sunday, September 18 to Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time
Flexible; you will receive Sunday and Thursday e-mails linking to course content on Shalem’s members only, Contemplative-Living website
Estimated 20 minutes a day for daily practice

Registration has closed. We are praying with the members of this eCourse on their journey.

Important note for group discount registrants: During checkout in the “Include a Note” section, provide the names and email addresses of your group of three or more people (or email them to katy@shalem.org).

For Graduates of Shalem Long Term Programs

Are you part of a community that would benefit from Shalem online programs? Do you find yourself saying no to leading groups because you do not have time to prayerfully gather content? Would you like to complement Shalem’s online courses with an in-person component for individuals in your community?

Consider using our contemplative prayer curriculum in your congregation or faith group (at a discounted rate) as the starting point for deepening contemplative practices.

Overview
Gather a group of 10 members and receive a deeply discounted rate of $50 per person (plus your registration for free). Your group members can create a profile on our course space, access the course from any computer with internet and join the larger circle of contemplative seekers from around the world journaling about their experience. You will also receive a leader’s brochure with details of the course content to aid in facilitating the in-person time.

Price
Groups of 10 or more: $50 per person, one free registration for a leader
Groups of less than 10: $68 per person ($68 for leader registration as well)

To Register

  • Review leadership materials and gather your group.
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Sample Invitation Letter for you to edit and send along to interested participants

Further Information about the Leadership Packages

  • Create the in-person time as you feel led.
  • Contact ruth@shalem.org to share your plan and with any questions you may have.
  • Gather participant payment and contact information.
  • Leader pays for participants in one lump sum by contacting Shalem at (301) 897-7334.

Become a leader in bringing contemplative practices to your community
For more information or to register for a Leadership package, please e-mail ruth@shalem.org.

I learned how to quiet my mind, be still and listen.

This was my first online course. It was wonderful and I have already registered for the next eCourse, and will encourage others to do so.

Learn – experience – reflect – practice. The reflection questions provided for good end-of-day Examen. The weekly guided meditations were something I used daily and found they led me into that quiet space where God awaits and longings are met.

I found myself craving time with the eCourse. I would shut the door to my office at the church at different times during the day and listen to the teaching. It provided structure and balance. I would highly recommend this online course at Shalem.

A Graduate’s experience of a Leadership Package
Since graduating from the Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program in 2013, I’ve had a deep desire to expose others to contemplative prayer and lifestyle. The Shalem eCourse seemed like the perfect foundation for some of my directees and friends to experience the basics of contemplation and experience contemplative community via Shalem. I appreciated the freedom given to create the group as I was led. We met once before and once after the program. It’s been transformative for each of us. It’s been divine!