Deep Listening

The other day when several folks gathered at a church in Atlanta to participate in the Shalem Institute's 40th Anniversary "Circle the World in Prayer" vigil, one participant talked about a wonderful teaching she once received from Jerry May, who was a senior fellow at Shalem and the author of such classic books as Will & Spirit and Addiction & Grace. My friend shared an idea that May spoke of, called "deep listening." As we enter into silence, we consciously choose to let go of the … [Read more...]

Shalem Vigil Now Underway (Please Find Time For Silence Today)

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Last month I wrote about how important the Shalem Institute has been in my ongoing contemplative journey. I mentioned that this year is Shalem's 40th anniversary, and that October 13-15 Shalem would be hosting a 40-hour contemplative prayer vigil.The vigil began last night at 7 PM eastern standard time. It runs all day today and concludes tomorrow at 11 AM eastern standard time.So I hope if you haven't already done so, you will take time to enter into the mystery of silence today or … [Read more...]

May I have five minutes of your time?

I have created a short survey. Would you please fill it out? There are only six questions, and three of those are optional, so it should only take a few minutes to complete.One of my goals for my blog is to create new content 5 - 6 days each week. In doing so, I have a number of options I can pursue. To help me set up my writing plan, I'd like to hear from you, the reader, to see what kind of content is most useful or interesting to you. Thank you for your input![polldaddy … [Read more...]

Three Wonderful New Julian of Norwich Books

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I'm not sure why the fall of 2013 belongs to Julian of Norwich (except to the extent that any time is a good time for reading and reflecting on Julian's wisdom). What I do know is that three wonderful books about Julian have been, or soon will be, published this season. If you're already a Julian nut (yes, that's a pun) like me, rejoice, for these are all worthy books to add to your library. If you have not yet discovered Julian — the medieval anchoress (solitary) who experienced a series of v … [Read more...]

Why Contemplation is Revolutionary (Conclusion)

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This is the final part of a series on “Why Contemplation is Revolutionary.” If you want to start at the beginning, follow this link: The Archbishop and the Community Theologian.We've made our way through the quotations from Archbishop Rowan Williams and community theologian Kenneth Leech. We've looked at contemplation as a means for transformation. In the silence of "being still and knowing God," contemplation hones our awareness of the chaos within us (which fosters humility), but also of th … [Read more...]

Sharing in the Passion of Christ (Why Contemplation is Revolutionary, Part Eight)

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This is part of a series on “Why Contemplation is Revolutionary.” If you want to start at the beginning, follow this link: The Archbishop and the Community Theologian.When we struggle with contemplative practice — facing our own inner chaos, turmoil, and darkness — we participate in the passion of Christ, which is a deeply revolutionary matter.Here's what Kenneth Leech has to say: The contemplative shares in the passion of Christ which is both an identification with the pain of the world … [Read more...]

Chaos, Crisis, and the Pursuit of the Vision of God (Why Contemplation is Revolutionary, Part Seven)

This is part of a series on "Why Contemplation is Revolutionary." If you want to start at the beginning, follow this link: The Archbishop and the Community Theologian.The other day, I wrote this about contemplation:It’s really just practice in a new way of seeing. ”Simply seeing things in a new light — this is what contemplation is,” remarked Brian D. McLaren in his book A Generous Orthodoxy. He’s right. Then there’s Richard Rohr, who describes contemplation as “learning to see as the … [Read more...]


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