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A Space for Silence & Prayer

Article by Judy Walsh-Mellett – September 2019 eNews As a child walking in the woods, I was not compelled to ponderous thinking or righting the world’s wrongs. I simply walked and paused breathless if a deer or a rabbit passed by. Or gazed in awe if I chanced to see a Lady Slipper’s rare glory, […]

Miracle, Light and Considerable Magic

Article by by Carrie Newcomer – August 2019 eNews “Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign?” (Mark 8:12) Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I know when the world feels anything […]

Leaning Against Trees

Today’s post is by Melanie Weldon-Soiset One cloudy Friday this past March, eight Sojourners fellows and I gathered in my DC living room to seek divine presence. We participated in the Howard Thurman Retreat Day, an online opportunity with Shalem. Lerita Coleman Brown facilitated reflections for us about Howard Thurman’s life and teachings, reflections that […]

July 07, 2019 by Melanie Weldon-Soiset
Categories: Community and Contemplative Living. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Beginnings

Article by Jane Sharp – July 2019 eNews It all began with longings. A longing to continue learning. A longing for the community, conversation, and contemplative wisdom I found at Shalem. A longing to share such connections and deepening with others. Arriving home having completed Shalem’s long-term program Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats, […]

Evening Visitor

by Bryan Berghoef “Meow, meow, me-ooow,” came the sad call from outside my window. A farm cat had wandered over the neighboring field and was now circling my backyard office shed. It was a forlorn call, and he was right underneath the window where I was holding a pre-marital counseling session with a young couple. […]

Meditation Club

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef I recently gathered with some friends for a time of silence at what we are calling, “Meditation Club.” There’s no big agenda. No expected outcomes. Simply the chance to come and meet in the quiet. I try to take time to meditate on my own regularly, but I have […]

In giving of yourself, you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love.

~Cesar Chavez

Categories: Community, Contemplation in Action, and Love. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Lent is a Time to Listen

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen While reading some reflections by Richard Rohr on the presence of Christ in creation from the beginning, I was struck by the phrase “Christ-soaked world.” It brought to mind two Scripture readings from Paul used for the beginning of Lent: one from 2 Corinthians and the other from […]

The human heart is exquisitely fragile. Our judgments need to be gentle, our understanding deep, and our forgiveness wide.

~Ron Rolheiser

Categories: Community, Contemplation in Action, and Love. Tags: Ron Rolheiser. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

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 […]