• Thomas Adams

    • Tom Adams has been involved with Shalem for over two decades through Group Spiritual Direction, Personal Spiritual Deepening and related activities. He lives in Greenbelt, MD with his wife Geraldine and has four married children and four grandchildren. Professionally he has worked in nonprofit leadership transitions and succession planning. He writes on leadership transition and spiritual growth topics.

Spiritual Awakening and Addiction Recovery

Today’s post is by Tom Adams At lunch at the Gerald May seminar, Compassion of the Mystics, I was at a table where 12-Step meetings and recovery were being discussed. Having been a student and beneficiary of 12-Step groups for over 30 years, my ears perked up. A lunch table friend was describing how someone […]

December 12, 2018 by Thomas Adams
Categories: Community and Contemplative Living. Tags: AA. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Reflections on Openness, Contemplation, and Love

Today’s post is by Tom Adams I was eager to attend the Gerald May Seminar on the Compassion of the Mystics with Bernard McGinn. Since embracing the practice of centering prayer a couple of years ago, my interest in love and how love grows has been front and center. I figured compassion and love were […]

November 11, 2018 by Thomas Adams
Categories: Contemplative Living and Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: compassion and mystics. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Spiritual Intimacy: The Power of Group Spiritual Direction

Today’s post is by Tom Adams There is no deeper intimacy than hearts united in a desire to be with God and each other in prayer. Group spiritual direction is for me a unique and no-fail opportunity to experience that intimacy and to grow in love. The love that develops among strangers in group spiritual […]

Understanding the Gifts of Pilgrimage

Today’s post is by Tom Adams Four guys headed out on a walk, a long walk. Two of the guys wanted to go; two others had to be convinced it was a good idea. One was a seasoned hiker and was physically ready. The others did their best to “train” and approached the walk with […]

February 02, 2018 by Thomas Adams
Categories: Nature and spirituality and Pilgrimage. Tags: camino and pilgrimage. Formats: Article and Friday Blog.

Grief, Contemplation and God’s Love (Part 2)

Today’s post is by Tom Adams. This is part 2 of a two-part series. Read part 1 here. The opportunity to feel and to grieve added new energy and opportunity to embrace God’s love and trust in it. In 2014 I transitioned from leading a small consulting company to being a manager in a bigger […]

September 09, 2017 by Thomas Adams
Categories: Loss, Love, and Prayer. Tags: grief. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Grief, Contemplation and God’s Love (part 1)

Today’s post is by Tom Adams. This is part one of a two-part article. Part two will appear next Friday. Like the fields, my heart has times when it is fallow and times when it bursts with new life. These growth spurts seem to come from life’s challenges and from pain. They come with a […]

September 09, 2017 by Thomas Adams 2 Comments
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality, Loss, and Prayer. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.