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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 […]

Listen to the Mockingbird

Today’s post is by Rose Mary Dougherty Recently, I have been struck by the song of the mockingbird. I have one (the same one every day, I think) that sits in a tree in my backyard, picking up the song of other birds and singing all evening long. I noticed that even when my neighbor […]

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 Isle of Iona: Definitely a Special Place

Today’s post is by Leah Rampy “I’ve heard it called a ‘thin place,’” he told me. “I’m not sure that I believe that, so I want to see for myself.”  It sounded to my ears as if he’d laid down a challenge—to me, or the island, I wasn’t sure which. Coming from someone I respect, […]

November 11, 2017 by Leah Rampy
Categories: Nature and spirituality, Non-duality, Pilgrimage, and Prayer. Tags: Iona and pilgrimage. Formats: Article and eNews Article. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Learning and Connecting Through Shalem’s Online Courses

Article by Jane Sharp (October 2017 eNews) The summer air in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina renews and refreshes. Since we retired, my husband and I spend five to six months in a small cabin there, a couple of hours away from our “real” home in Greensboro. I can sit in silence, looking […]

Deep Listening: Spiritual Direction and Beyond

Article by Joan Conway (September 2017 eNews) Within the space opened up by recent retirement, I am being challenged to listen anew for God in my life. Shalem’s group spiritual direction workshop…afforded me an opportunity to refine my skills in the contemplative practice of deep listening. It also provided the chance for me to reflect on […]

September 09, 2017 by shalemonline
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Formats: Article and eNews Article.

Into the Wilderness

Article by Trish Stefanik (August 2017 eNews) I used to live in the mountain wilderness of West Virginia. I also love to spend time in the high desert of New Mexico. Both places of natural wonder open me to God. Confronted with the magnificence and starkness of the landscape and the infinite variety of creation, […]

New Movements of the Spirit

Article by Margaret Benefiel (July 2017 eNews) What is the Spirit doing now? This question frames the New Contemplative Exchange, a gathering of 19 young contemplative leaders with Thomas Keating, Tilden Edwards, Richard Rohr, and Laurence Freeman, occurring next month at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. Fifty years ago, the Spirit stirred Keating, Edwards, […]

Poetry as Prelude to Prayer

Article by Dana Greene (June 2017 eNews) Poetry like prayer is a form of primary speech, an expression of the intensity of life breaking forth in language. Both can tap into latent energy, expand it, and in the process create a communion, which overcomes separation and loneliness. Both evoke a powerful attachment to life, engaging […]

June 06, 2017 by Dana Greene 4 Comments
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Formats: Article and eNews Article.

Grounded in Love: Creative Leadership for our Times

Article by Margaret Benefiel (May 2017 eNews) 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 […]