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Howard Thurman: Black Theologian, Mystic, and Mentor

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen The reading from Mark’s gospel about the Gentile woman’s request for Jesus to heal her daughter possessed by a demon is one of my favorites. Jesus had slipped away from the crowds, but the woman found him and threw herself at his feet, asking for help. When Jesus […]

The Everlasting Source

Today’s post is by Clair Ullmann Your physical attributes, like your body, are merely borrowed. Do not set your heart on them, for they are transient and only last for an hour. Your spirit in contrast is eternal: your body is on this earth, like a lamp, but its light comes from that everlasting Source above. ~Rumi […]

January 01, 2018 by Clair Ullmann 1 Comment
Categories: Community, Contemplative Living, Nature and spirituality, Non-duality, and Self Compassion. Tags: nature, rumi, and snow. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

When we have become completely free from the need to judge, we will also become completely free from the fear of being judged.

~Henri Nouwen

Categories: Community. Tags: Henri Nouwen and judging. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Glimpsing God in the Dark Night

Article by Margaret Benefiel (December 2017 eNews) When 20 young contemplative leaders gathered at the beautiful St. Benedict’s Monastery nestled in the mountains of Snowmass, Colorado with Tilden Edwards, Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, and Laurence Freeman for five days in August, one of the first themes that surfaced was societal impasse. In the midst of […]

Spiritual Companions across the Centuries

Today’s post is by Margaret Benefiel “Rebuild my church.” God used these words from Francis of Assisi’s story to speak to me as I sat in prayer with two spiritual companions in Greensboro, North Carolina, after a heartbreaking disillusionment. I had left a job that I had thought was my dream job, my dream shattered. […]

Compassion through Contemplation

Article by Catherine Kerr (featured in November 2017 eNews) Compassion means to understand another’s pain at such a deep level that it’s like feeling it yourself. Many mentors have told me over the years that the essence of pastoral ministry is connection and presence, being with. One seminary professor liked to say that the most […]

Sisters on Retreat

Today’s post is by Francie Thayer My two (biological) sisters and I don’t get to be together all that often. We live in different time zones and have lives that make it tricky. But once a year we do get together—just us—for a “Sisters’ Convention.” For two or three days in various locations, we gather […]

October 10, 2017 by Frances Thayer
Categories: Community, Contemplative Spirituality, Love, and Prayer. Tags: retreat and sisters. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Saint Bonifacia’s Ordinary Way

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen The liturgical calendar in early August celebrates the lives of three women saints: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), St. Clare, and Saint Bonifacia Rodriguez y Castro. If you’re like me, you’re familiar with the first two. But who was the third, Saint Bonifacia? Her memorial […]

September 09, 2017 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Community, Contemplative Living, and Prayer. Tags: Saint Bonificia. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Running Alone

Today’s post is by Jeff Nelson Ever since I was in seminary (close to 15 years ago), I’ve tried to maintain a regular workout regimen. For most of this stretch, I have refused to exercise around other people. The times when I’ve done so have made me self-conscious, and I convinced myself it would be […]

August 08, 2017 by Jeff Nelson 2 Comments
Categories: Body Prayer, Community, and Prayer. Tags: exercise and running. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Hospitality is the way we turn around
a prejudiced world
one heart at a time.
Hospitality binds the world together.
~Joan Chittister

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