Articles on Community

  • More Shalem Picks for Contemplative Resources

    Spirituality is for Every Body: 8 Accessible Ways to Connect with the Divine When Living with a Disability By Allison V. Thompkins, Ph.D.Allison V. Thompkins, Ph.D., shares how spiritual practices have sustained her and how the Spirit has guided her to fulfill her purpose of advocating for the disabled. She illustrates each spiritual practice with…

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  • 2024 Shalem Picks for Contemplative Resources

    A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart TolleI’ve enjoyed reading Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth which clarifies very simply the development of consciousness in human evolution and the role of Ego in undermining higher consciousness. Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr is another book that addresses similar issues as A New Earth but from…

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  • Respect the Past, Represent the Future

    When I was in college banners hung around campus with the phrase, “Respect the past, represent the future.”  This was a reference to a recently reorganized football program.  The university hoped that this reorganization – and marketing campaign – would lead to a better season.  It didn’t.  But the phrase has stayed with me over…

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  • Life After 50

    In a marriage, a relationship or in one’s personal life, milestones are worth recognizing and celebrating. They are often times to pause, reflect and take stock – where have I been, where am I today, where am I going? What have I done, what is still mine to do? What do I love about where…

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  • Interfaith Reflections on a Hurting World

    “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet”.-Frederick Buechner “When we seek what is truest in our own tradition, we discover that we are one with those who seek what is truest in their tradition.”-James Finley Frederick Buechner’s words deeply speak to me, and…

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  • Interfaith Reflections on Contemplation

    As a peer group leader with Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Spiritual Groups and Retreats program, my focus was on helping our associates to be fully present in the Presence through the many prayer practices taught throughout the program. Silence is one practice that plays a vital role in helping us to be fully present…

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