Archive for eNews Article

An Amazing Journey

Article by Lerita Coleman Brown (February 2019 eNews) My religious and spiritual life is an amazing journey. I began my prayer life kneeling at the foot of my bed pleading to a white man in the sky and moved to the foot of a mountain where I felt the Presence there. In between I learned that […]

Coming to Our Senses

Article by Leah Rampy (January 2019 eNews) A crisp winter’s eve. The longest night in the season of deepest darkness. The incessant drizzle that had dogged us for days deigns to pause as a small group of us put on our coats and leave the building’s shelter for the blazing fire. Our first year together […]

Pilgrimage: Going and Returning

Today’s post is by Carole Crumley Happy are the people whose strength is in you! Whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way. –Psalm 84 Pilgrimage is one of the spiritual practices that is common to many of the great faith traditions. Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and many others find their common ground in […]

December 12, 2018 by Carole Crumley
Categories: Pilgrimage. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, eNews Article, and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Cultivating Contemplative Conversations

Article by Margaret Benefiel (December 2018 eNews) In conversations with our “contemplative cousins,” both in follow-up discussions since the August 2017 Snowmass gathering where 20 young contemplatives gathered and in other settings, the question often arises, “What method of prayer does Shalem teach? Contemplative Outreach teaches Centering Prayer, World Community for Christian Meditation teaches the […]

Thoughts on Contemplative Conversations in Congregations

Article by Stuart Higginbotham (November 2018 eNews) Is it possible to be contemplative in our conversations with others? It seems a challenge today in any context—at work, in the home, even at church. When it comes to the experience of contemplative conversations within a parish church, which is where I serve, I think it is […]

The Burning Bush

Article by Diane Zanetti (October 2018 eNews) “To pray, then, is to be aflame with God. The purpose of human effort, and of spiritual direction, is simply to clear away obstacles to this manifestation of the divine flame.”-Kenneth Leech When I read the story of Moses and the burning bush, I have to wonder just […]

October 10, 2018 by shalem online
Categories: Spiritual Deepening and spiritual direction. Formats: Article and eNews Article.

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 […]

Mystics Invite Us to Imagine

Selected excerpts by Bernard McGinn (August 2018 eNews) [M]ystics invite us to imagine and even to explore an inner transformation of the self based on a new understanding of the human relation to God. For some mystics this understanding is rooted in extraordinary forms of consciousness, such as visions and ecstasies, which most of their […]

July 07, 2018 by Bernard McGinn
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Formats: Article and eNews Article.

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, […]

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 […]