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Shalem Institute 40 Years: Trusting the Spirit

1973 – Nixon was President, Watergate hearings were beginning, the Vietnam War was ending, and IRA bombs were exploding in London. Amidst this time of unrest, a longing to walk more closely with God was emerging. In Washington, DC, Tilden Edwards, a young Episcopal priest, led a small group of spiritual seekers on retreat. Sensing […]

January 01, 2013 by Leah Rampy
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An Abundance of Blessings

“See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”  — Isaiah 43:19 “Behold!  God is doing a new thing.”  With these words, nine teams of Shalem graduates were commissioned as associate faculty to return to […]

December 12, 2010 by Leah Rampy
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Contemplative Possibilities in Corporate Worship/Liturgy

Here are a few suggestions that can help open the way for people’s first-hand presence in the Presence during a Sunday or other time of corporate worship. These include selected (sometimes modified) excerpts from the section on Liturgy in chapter four of my new book, Embracing the Call to Spiritual Depth (Paulist Press 2010), followed […]

Composting our Lives

by Rose Mary Dougherty* *Excerpted from her article, “Composting our Lives” from Shalem’s News, Volume 33, No. 1-Winter, 2009. The full issue may be viewed here. Several years ago, I was participating in a retreat (where)… we were to spend one day outdoors in the surrounding wooded area. Our instructions were to go outdoors, follow […]

A Sabbath Heart

More and more people have become aware of the need for sabbath today, even if they don’t know how to bring it into the normal rhythm of their complicated lives. We see signs of people’s desire for a more receptive quality of time in the increasing popularity of retreats and meditation practices. However, the attempts […]

January 01, 2009 by Tilden Edwards
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Rediscovering a Desire for God

Like a gentle diagnostician/professor, Frank Griswold, former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, spoke to clergy on Maundy Thursday morning. His words caught my heart. Beginning with the passage from the Revelation of John, chapter two, Griswold quoted the words of praise for those who work so hard in the church: “I know what you […]

January 01, 2009 by Carole Crumley
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Contemplative Possibilities in Corporate Worship/Liturgy

Here are a few suggestions that can help open the way for people’s first-hand presence in the Presence during a Sunday or other time of corporate worship. These include selected (sometimes modified) excerpts from the section on Liturgy in chapter four of my new book, Embracing the Call to Spiritual Depth (Paulist Press 2010), followed […]

January 01, 2009 by Tilden Edwards
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Peace in the Midst of Uncertainty

“no creature that is made that can know  how much and how sweetly and how tenderly our Creator loves us” — Julian of Norwich Given the daunting economic, social, political, and religious challenges of today and the fierce divisions and demeaning actions sometimes accompanying these challenges, this seems to be a good time to remember […]

January 01, 2009 by Elizabeth Ward
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Tending the Seed of Spiritual Friendship

On Becoming a Spiritual Director When reflecting on my ministry of spiritual guidance, it seems that being a spiritual director has been about discovering and nurturing something that was already planted within me and given in love long ago. It has been about listening more deeply to who I am in God and opening more […]

January 01, 2009 by Elizabeth Ward
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What I Know and Don’t Know

Years ago, I recall sitting in a group with Jerry May while he was speaking about contemplative prayer.  With great fun, he shared a story about a Tibetan monk who when asked a question would respond:  “don’t know” and kept repeating “don’t know.”  I still chuckle when I remember this and am reminded that answers […]

January 01, 2009 by Patience Robbins
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