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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 […]

Ordinary Life, Extraordinary Grace

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Sometimes an ordinary event becomes an extraordinary grace. That happened to me recently, and I’m grateful. Horrible headlines, day after day, overwhelm. I couldn’t finish reading an article about the violence and abuse that drove Honduran families to risk everything and take a chance on making it to […]

Praying across the Globe

Last month, nine members of Shalem Korea gathered at the guest house of a Presbyterian church in Seoul for a retreat. Their time was guided by Shalem’s Contemplative Earth Awareness online retreat day, led by Ann Dean. Hyeran Yang shares, “the weather had been very windy and rainy until Thursday night. But the morning of […]

June 06, 2018 by shalem online
Categories: Nature and spirituality, Pilgrimage, and spirituality in community. Tags: earth, korea, retreat, and seoul. 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 […]

The spiritual life is not taught, but caught. You get it through contagion.

~Evelyn Underhill

Deep Diving

Article by Joan Paddock Maxwell (June 2018 eNews) Over the years I’ve spent about two hundred hours scuba diving. One of the many fascinating parts of the scuba experience is the increasing quiet you encounter as you go further below the ocean’s surface. I used to love to swim down to one hundred feet and […]

The Power of Being Present

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef “Hello? Are you there, Dad?” I am awakened from my thoughts by my youngest child poking me, as I had apparently gone somewhere else while playing a game with her. This is a less common experience than it used to be, but still happens from time to time. We […]

Iona: A Pilgrimage in Image and Word

Photo blog by Susan Etherton 1) Everywhere you go there is a secret room. To discover it, you must knock on walls… and listen for the echo that portends the secret passage. Everywhere has a secret room. You must find your own, in a small chapel, a tiny café, a quiet park, the pew where […]

December 12, 2017 by Susan Etherton
Categories: Nature and spirituality, Non-duality, Pilgrimage, Prayer, and spirituality in community. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

The Invitation

Post by Patience Robbins In recent months, I have felt more than the usual turmoil, anxiety and distress in the air with all that has been happening in our world. And more days than I would imagine, I felt tossed around by a sea of negative and hostile words and emotions, both within and without. […]

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 […]