• Tilden Edwards

    • Tilden, Shalem's Founder and Senior Fellow, served as Shalem's executive director for over 27 years. An Episcopal priest with parish experience, he is a nationally respected speaker, retreat leader and author, most recently of Embracing the Call to Spiritual Depth. He has designed and led contemplative programs since 1979 and continues to write and teach about the spiritual life.

Resting Through Our Work

Today’s post is by Tilden Edwards At one point in a workshop, I asked people to be in touch with their desires. Afterward, two pastors came up and said the first desire that spontaneously came to each of them was for rest. You don’t have to be a pastor for that desire to show up […]

May 05, 2019 by Tilden Edwards
Categories: Contemplative Living and Prayer. Tags: rest and work. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Singing the Lord’s Song

Today’s post is by Tilden Edwards “By the rivers of Babylon—there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion….There our captors asked us to sing one of the songs of Zion. How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” (Psalm 137) Like those Israelites forced into exile in Babylon, I […]

Contemplatively Oriented Intercession

Article by Tilden Edwards (March 2018 eNews) Through all our clarity and unclarity about particular actions in terms of call and their alignment with God’s Shalom, there is one particular practice that can thread its way through our time, and that is contemplatively oriented intercession. If I suspend any sense of what “I” (my little […]

From Where Do We Live?

Today’s post is by Tilden Edwards From where do we live? We can answer this question in many ways. I suggest here three primary “places” inside us from which we can live that may help us to recognize and choose our spiritual heart in the many different situations of our lives. I think they are […]

February 02, 2018 by Tilden Edwards
Categories: Contemplative Living and Prayer. Tags: spiritual heart. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

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” […]

Collaboration as a Quality of Contemplative Leadership

Article by Tilden Edwards …learn this lesson from lute tambourine and trumpet learn the harmony of the musicians if one is playing a wrong note even among twenty others will stray out of tune don’t say what is the use of me alone being peaceful when everyone is fighting you’re not one you’re a thousand […]

Voting From Our Spiritual Heart

Today’s post is by Tilden Edwards From where inside do we listen when we decide for whom we will vote? From where do the candidates listen? The greatest contribution a contemplative orientation can bring to such a question is its invitation to listen from a deeper place than those that might first show up, the […]

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 — […]

Contemplative Possibilities in Corporate Worship/Liturgy

Here are a few suggestions that can help open the way for people’s first-hand presence in the Presence during a Sunday or other time of corporate worship. These include selected (sometimes modified) excerpts from the section on Liturgy in chapter four of my new book, Embracing the Call to Spiritual Depth (Paulist Press 2010), followed […]

A Sabbath Heart

More and more people have become aware of the need for sabbath today, even if they don’t know how to bring it into the normal rhythm of their complicated lives. We see signs of people’s desire for a more receptive quality of time in the increasing popularity of retreats and meditation practices. However, the attempts […]

January 01, 2009 by Tilden Edwards
Categories: Uncategorized. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article.