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The Intimacy of Transition

Article by Ann Dean (September 2018 eNews) September rains bring cool crisp air, soften the fragrance of the last white rose at the garden gate and splatter the pathways with acorns and the first shiny gold leaves from the tulip poplar overhead. Old pines whisper wisdom in the quiet of the morning breeze. Multitudes of wings […]

Love in Action: A Prayer for Young Adults

Article by Aria M. Kirkland-Harris (July 2018 eNews) As I prepared for Shalem’s Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative (YALLI) closing day program, I pulled out my original application materials to see what had opened up over the two-year program. I think I was expecting to find some profound revelation to deep, unanswered questions, but instead, […]

Contemplative Leadership: Born of Compassion

Today’s post is by Leah Rampy When compassion fills my heart,  free from all desire,  I sit quietly like the earth. My silent cry echoes like thunder  throughout the universe.  – Rumi What does it mean for us to be called to compassion, graced with the capacity and the desire? What do we notice about […]

Grounded in Love: Creative Leadership for Our Times

Today’s post is by Margaret Benefiel Marches. Online petitions. Letters to the editor. “Am I doing any good?” I ask myself. “Am I making a difference? Is there another way?” In the face of injustice, wars, and humanity’s inhumanity to humanity, I long to be faithful to doing my part to heal the world. As […]

From Burnout to Aliveness – A Journey through the Soul of Leadership

Article by Eliza Ramos (May 2018 eNews) “…It takes time to still within And merge with life Time in the wild to slow you down… Time to let your life be turned around…” -Noel Davis The year 2013 was one that held no memories for a long time, just a blur, an empty blackness. After six […]

Spiritual discernment grows out of ongoing inner preparation.

~Margaret Benefiel

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Gift of Contemplative Awareness

Today’s post is by Liz Ward “In God we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 Voices on television, computers and in newspapers expose us to heartbreaking tragedies all over the world; taking in even a tiny fraction of the pain and suffering of creation can seem overwhelming. We see images of pain and […]