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Please fill out my reader's survey — and help me to make this a better blog.I'm asking for this information (collected anonymously) to give me a better sense of this blog's readers, which in turn will help me as I continue to create new content for the blog.I invite everyone to participate, whether you are a newcomer to my blog or have been reading for years.Thank you so much for your input. I appreciate it, and I hope it will lead to making this a better blog.Click here to start … [Read more...]

Speaking of Silence (On Internet Radio)

One of the great paradoxes of being a writer (and speaker) on contemplative spirituality is that I essentially use words to invite people into a wordless place. Ah, sweet irony.And  while that is usually a matter of writing, I love to speak about silence as well. Today (September 18, 2013) I am going to be on Rabbi Rami Shapiro's How to be a Holy Rascal internet radio show. Hope you can tune in. The show will be broadcast live at 11 AM Central time (Noon Eastern time, 10 AM Mountain time, 9 … [Read more...]

After the Book Festival (and Looking Forward to a New Contemplative Prayer Gathering)

Happy Labor Day, everyone. This post is chock-full of Atlanta (really, Decatur) news. So if you live outside of Atlanta, please bear with me. Then again, what I have to say about Contemplative Prayer Groups might be of interest to you no matter where you live; even if you are a long way away from Decatur, GA, perhaps this will be an inspiration for you to start your own contemplative practice gathering.I'm still a little buzzed from the wonderful time I had Saturday at the AJC Decatur Book … [Read more...]

Two Saturday events: in Atlanta and Richmond

If you live in or near Atlanta, GA or Richmond, VA, I hope you'll come to one of these upcoming Saturday workshops! And even if you can't make it, please tell your friends. And for more information about these or other events featuring Carl McColman, visit Carl's Events Page.In Atlanta, GA:Beholding the Presence of God Every Day: Crafting a Personal Rule of LifeSaturday, August 24, 20138:30 am - 3:00 pmHosted by St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Road NE, Atlanta GA … [Read more...]

“Life is Change… How it Differs From the Rocks”

First of all, happy Feast of the Transfiguration, everyone! Today is the day liturgical Christians commemorate Jesus taking Peter, James and John onto the mountaintop where, in one of the Gospels' most beautiful and mystical passages, we read this:And Jesus was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us t … [Read more...]

A Modest Proposal (and a question for folks who live near Decatur, Georgia)

If you have known me for a while, you know that for almost two years I was involved in a "Christian Mysticism Meetup" group that met every Wednesday night at a church in the Atlanta suburbs. At first we had lots of energy: 20 - 25 people attending each night; but eventually the group withered down to maybe 5 people or so showing up at a time. As I began to have conflicts on the night when the group met (Wednesdays) I let the group go, and that was the end of it. But I told the last few loyal … [Read more...]

Audiobook News and a Contemplative Feather

First of all, forgive me for putting on my marketing hat: I'm excited to announce that my book, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, has now been released as an unabridged audiobook! If you are an subscriber, I hope you'll consider adding this book to your collection. If you aren't an Audible subscriber, you can purchase the audio version of the book for about the same price as the paperback. Audible audiobooks are downloaded, thus saving the cost of CDs and packaging. … [Read more...]