• Jessica Smith

    • Jessie Smith is a Shalem graduate of the Personal Spiritual Deepening Program and YALLI: Young Adult Life & Leadership Initiative, and lives in Washington D.C. She is the co-editor of the newly released volume Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition.

The Open

Smoke from raging wildfires is rising out West and making its way to the skies in the East. Hurricanes are finding their way onto Southern shores. Angry tears roll down the faces of black mothers and fathers remembering lost loved ones at the hands of a racist society. White people scramble to understand racial injustice; […]

Center Down: Prayer in the Struggle for Justice

Today’s blog is by Jessie Smith “How good it is to center down! To sit quietly and see one’s self pass by!” — “How Good To Center Down,” Howard Thurman Spiritual nurture: essential and pragmatic Walking the three or four blocks to Capitol Hill from Union Station week after week takes its toll. For the […]