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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, […]

The Simple Act of Breathing

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen The liturgical feasts of Pentecost and the Holy Trinity focus my thoughts on the Holy Spirit. Of the biblical accounts of Pentecost, I’m always drawn to John’s, where Jesus appears to the disciples gathered in fear, greets them with “Peace be with you,” and imparts the Spirit to […]

June 06, 2019 by Mary van Balen 2 Comments
Categories: Contemplative Living. Tags: breath, breathing, Holy Spirit, Pentecost, spirit, and Trinity Sunday. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Life Revealed as a Resource

Today’s post is by Ernest Yau What was he up to; I had no clue…until years later. He nudged then urged, rushed then pushed, finally roared at me to get out of my cozy world inside the walls lined with bookcases. My ordered life was soon disordered. I thought I was minding God’s business by […]

June 06, 2019 by Ernest Yau
Categories: Contemplative Living. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

The Power of Place

Article by Bryan Berghoef, June 2019 eNews Sitting in my new backyard office shed, I hear the birds chirping around me and look out over the misty flower fields out my window, and I feel a sense of peace. The spaces and places we spend our time in matter. It is an old small barn […]

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.

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 […]

Conscious Leadership as a Spiritual Journey

Article by Margaret Benefiel (May 2019 eNews) What is conscious leadership? When I received the annual Elks leadership award my senior year in high school for my leadership in the Elma Sunshine Makers 4-H Club in Elma, Washington, I thought I knew pretty much everything there was to know about leadership. After all, I had […]