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A “Starter Library” for Contemplative Activists :: The Must-Reads on Contemplative Spirituality for People with Active Lives

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault (Cowley Publications) The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today by Timothy Gallagher (Crossroads Publishing Company) Spiritual Torrents by Madame Jeanne Guyon Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action by Richard J. Hauser (Paulist Press) Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active […]

Poetry for Perspective During COVID19

by Lynn Ungar   What if you thought of it as [an unexpected] Sabbath —the most sacred of times?   Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, […]

Spiritual Gifts Amidst COVID19

by Mark Kutolowsk   In every life circumstance, there are spiritual gifts, freely given to those who are able to perceive them. This outbreak is no different. What then, are […]

A Call to Solidarity During COVID-19

  by Chris Heuertz   I’ve been pretty sad for a couple weeks given the assault on our collective consciousness’s peace of heart & mind. Lots of us aren’t going […]

cocooned

by Debbie Stevenson In spring 2018 I was on a personal silent retreat. It was one of the last steps before graduating from a 3 year spiritual direction program. During […]

born again.

by Kevin Eicher Many years ago I was deeply involved in what I will call “the church of my youth”. One day a friend asked me a question about my beliefs. […]

metamorphosis

by Allison Cloud One summer day last year, while repeatedly surrendering to the unraveling of mid-life, I found myself caretaker of two caterpillars, one monarch and one black swallowtail.  As […]

turning tables / space making

by Eric Leroy Wilson Holy Monday is fast approaching.  I am faced with a time of reflection about Jesus turning over tables and benches as He cleanses the Court of […]

Second Axial Awakening

by Matthew Wright Running through the history of our planet is a current of spiritual awakening. Beginning as a trickle, it flows through the cracks of history, touching at first […]

New Contemplative Leaders Exchange

 A Reflection by Phileena Heuertz   Last year, at the invitation of renowned Cistercian monk Fr. Thomas Keating, four of among the most prominent living western Christian contemplative teachers gathered […]

the shout of sacred consent

by Eric Leroy Wilson The memories of the older women I observed as a child at Riverview Church are etched indelibly in my mind. This church, built by the sweat and labor of […]

i am because we are

by Elisabeth Barahona Marriage is a mysterious journey of learning how to consent to God in order to learn how to say “yes” to one’s spouse.  It is a delicate […]

The Contemplative Way as a Practice in Death

by Drew Jackson In William Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure, it was Claudio who said, “Death is a fearful thing.” These words resonate with each of us in one way […]

Questions > Answers.

By George Mekhail    I have changed a lot over the past 18 months. I’ve deconstructed much of my worldview and consider the journey as just getting started. I am a […]

Gravity’s Contemplative Activist in Residence

September 15, 2016 – February 15, 2017  From September 15, 2016 –February 15, 2017 Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism welcomes Chiraphone Khamphouvong as our Contemplative Activist (not) in Residence (CAIR). […]

Contemplative Prayer Fosters Solidarity

by Kent Annan   When writing my new book, Slow Kingdom Coming, my attention kept getting drawn to themes of contemplative activism and of doing good better—that is, to very […]

When Life is Like a Jar of Mekong River Water

by Craig Greenfield The Mekong is a broad brown river that runs through Cambodia and Vietnam. Craig Greenfield, a veteran of Cambodian slums and inner city ministry explains in his […]

Contemplative Life and Parenting

by Mindy Durias   The alarm rings. It’s 5:00am. I drag myself out of bed, prepare my favorite French pressed coffee, grab my stack of books and settle on the […]