How the Understanding of Christian Contemplation has Changed: Carole Crumley interviews Tilden Edwards and Richard Rohr

Here is a must-watch video — Carole Crumley of the Shalem Institute interviews two of the “elder statesmen” of the contemporary contemplative movement: Tilden Edwards (the founder of Shalem) and Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation. The video was produced as part of the Shalem’s observance of its 40th anniversary, and the topic these three consider is how the understanding of Christian contemplation has changed over the past four decades. Enjoy…

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Danielle Castronis

    You are right. This is an excellent interview that sheds light on our spiritual and cultural evolution in the past hundred years and pretty much defines what it means to be a modern-day mystic. It’s a very relevant clarification- particularly speaking of an emergent movement towards a collective practice, the fact that contemplation is not separate from all aspects of life, and the need to create a community to support this kind of development.

    “A daily exercise in failure” is a brutally honest and liberating way to view the practice. It support a self generated passion for more depth and transparency

  • Kevin Mac Donald

    Hi Carl ,

    Thanks for posting this video, it was a really an interesting discussion. I liked Tilden Edwards comment that ” there is enough Grace for this moment.” Take care.


  • Bruce MacMahon

    Wonderful and well thought out. My hypothesis is that the more we go into contemplative Celtic spirituality, the closer we we get to the pre-christain wisdom.