Contemplative Voices Award

Honoring Adam Bucko and Rhonda V. Magee

Sunday, November 17, 2024, 3:00-5:00pm ET on Zoom

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Shalem’s Contemplative Voices Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to contemplative understanding, living and leadership and whose witness helps others live from the divine wellspring of compassion, strength, and authentic vision.

Shalem is pleased to award our 2024 Contemplative Voices Award to Adam Bucko and Rhonda V. Magee. The two awardees will share stories of their own contemplative journeys.

Rhonda V. Magee

Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, where she has taught Torts, Insurance Law, Race in American Legal History, and a course she co-created called Contemplative Lawyering. She is the author of the The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (Penguin Random House TarcherPerigee: 2019), which broke new ground on publication as the first book of its kind to integrate mindfulness principles and practices thoroughly into the conversation on addressing race and racism in diverse settings and communities, and helping us heal from the trauma that the legacies of racism causes.


She accepted authorization as a spiritual guide and teacher in the Zen lineage. Hoshi Myozen Magee also draws on her training as a mindfulness teacher trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and her study and co-teaching with Bhikkhu Analayo, a Buddhist Monk in the Theravadan tradition, and renowned scholar of early Buddhism. Hoshi Magee is a founding advisor of the Mindfulness in Law Society, and an internationally recognized mindfulness teacher and Keynote speaker. Her current work explores how Black cultural spirituality, including the quality of soulfulness, intersects with and might strengthen mindfulness applications.

Magee’s extensive service to public-serving institutions committed to internal policy and structural change includes prior stints on the Boards of the American Association of Law Schools section on Humanizing Legal Education (currently, the section on Balance in Legal Education); and, an appointment to serve on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. In January 2023, Magee received an appointment to the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health, which plays a key role advising the NCCIH on forthcoming research projects and policies. In Fall 2023, and while continuing to serve as Professor of Law, Magee accepted an appointment as the Founding Director of the Center for Contemplative Law and Ethics at the University of San Francisco. She recently accepted an appointment to serve on the Board of the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Science’s Center.

Professor Magee integrates mindfulness into higher education, leadership and everyday social engagement. Her work explores the intersections of anti-racist education, social justice, and contemplative practices, and offering trauma-sensitive practices to support healing, resilience, personal wellbeing and flourishing together. Grounded in the science of mindfulness, wellbeing and resilience, she integrates storytelling, movement, journaling and other research-based experiential practices for strengthening our inner resources for navigating a world of constant change. Her current work explores how Black cultural spirituality, including the quality of soulfulness, intersects with and might strengthen mindfulness applications.

In recognition of her uniquely innovative impact on the field of mindfulness and wellbeing in law, Magee was the inaugural recipient of the Reed Smith Excellence in Wellbeing in Law Award (in 2022), awarded after an independent, national selection process by the Institute for Wellbeing in Law. And in March, 2024, Magee was selected as a 2024 recipient of the Shalem Institute’s “Contemplative Voices” Award.

A Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute since 2015, Magee is an internationally recognized Keynote speaker, and thought-leading, innovative mindfulness teacher and teacher trainer, with a particular emphasis on integrating mindfulness into the everyday life in the face of the most vexing challenges of our times.

Adam Bucko

Adam Bucko is an Episcopal priest, teacher of contemplative spirituality, and an interfaith activist. Born and raised in Poland under a totalitarian regime, his early exposure to spiritual activism greatly influenced his life trajectory. He is considered one of the leading voices in a movement for the renewal of Christian contemplation and new monasticism, and he has authored several books, including Let Your Heartbreak be Your Guide: Lessons in Engaged Contemplation, Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation, and The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living. He has taught engaged contemplative spirituality in various locations, including North America, the West Indies, and Europe.


Additionally, Adam has played a pivotal role in the movement for new and inclusive spirituality. His books and work often include collaborations with contemplative leaders from diverse traditions, addressing the needs of the Nones and SBNRs, and envisioning a post-religious spirituality that can serve individual and collective healing and liberation.

On the activist side, Adam has been actively involved in grassroots efforts for justice and supporting and mentoring young activists in various movements for social and ecological transformation. He has also helped to found a number of organizations and communities that combine contemplative practice with activism. Spending more than 15 years working on the streets of New York City with BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ young people who are homeless or housing insecure, Adam continues to mentor and offer spiritual support to those navigating those challenges.

Currently, Adam is the director of The Center for Spiritual Imagination in New York, dedicated to democratizing the gifts of monastic spirituality and teaching contemplative prayer within the context of hearing and responding to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth. He also serves as a priest at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York.

Adam lives in New York with his wife, Kaira Jewel Lingo, a Buddhist teacher and former nun in the community of Thich Nhat Hanh. Together, they lead The Beloved Community for Engaged Spirituality, inspired by the social vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Thich Nhat Hanh and the Buddhist-Christian teachings of Engaged Contemplation and Earth Centered Spirituality.

Adam’s work has been featured by PBS, ABC News, CBS, NBC, Harper’s Magazine, New York Daily News and many other online, print and television media.


Sunday, November 17, 2024, 3:00-5:00pm ET

  • Opening prayer
  • Introductions of awardees
  • Awardees speak
  • Q&A
  • Closing prayer

If you’re unable to attend during this time, you can still register to receive access to a recording of the event for later viewing.


Cost: $75 per person suggested donation
If you would like to give a different amount, you may choose a different amount.

The Zoom link will be sent out a few days prior to the event.

When registering, please select “CVA Donation/Registration ($75 Suggested Amount)” as the Designation. If you would like to give a different amount, you may choose a different amount.


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Thank you to our Patrons for supporting the 2023 Contemplative Voices Award:

  • Norman Anderson
  • CeCe Balboni
  • Mark Goodwin
  • Frank Sasinowski
  • Clair Ullmann
  • 50th Anniversary Committee (Winston Charles, Anita Davidson, Susie Dillon, Susan Etherton, and Ostein Truitt)


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In 2025, Shalem will be a dynamic and inclusive community, empowered by the Spirit, where seekers engage in transformation of themselves, their communities, and the world through spiritual growth, deep connection, and courageous action.