Saturday, September 21, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
A resurgence of Christian contemplative living by emerging young practitioners is creating a new framework for spirituality inside and outside of formal religion. Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition, introduces these diverse voices, who reflect globally on the gifts, challenges, differences and commonalities of Christian contemplation today for communities and people of faith.
This all-day retreat offers reflection, practice, and workshops that explore more deeply the next era of Christian contemplative movement. The day will be spent moving through three lenses of understanding contemporary Christian contemplation: Grounding in Practice, Transformation in Community, and Embodiment, Compassion and Healing.
From understanding pedagogical practices of contemplation, contemplative congregational leadership development, racial dialogue and contemplation, and practices of the Eastern Orthodox-born Systema practice, each session invites participants to explore together the horizon of Christian contemplation and where the Spirit may be leading next.
COST: $45.00, includes lunch
Contemplation and Community began when founders of four contemplative centers—Fr. Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation, Fr. Thomas Keating of Contemplative Outreach, Fr. Laurence Freeman of The World Community for Christian Meditation, and Tilden Edwards of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation—invited twenty young contemplative leaders to wonder, practice, and peer together into the future of Christian contemplative life. Along with Shalem’s executive director Margaret Benefiel, the 24 leaders shared a week of conversation, reflection and practice that inspired the book.
Brenda Bertrand is a chaplain at Fuller Theological Seminary and in the U.S. Army Reserves, who inspires people in the simplicity of prayer and helps emerging leaders narrow the gap between their spirituality and everyday life.
Co-editor Jessica (Jessie) M. Smith is deeply committed to spiritual practice, faith-based civic engagement, and theological reflection. As Senior Executive Director, Research, Planning and Spiritual Formation, she advises the United Methodist Church on strategic decisions related to ministry.
Adwoa Lewis-Wilson, an Oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich, is interested in how the contemplative gaze purified in God, may recognize, affirm, and support equity for the radiance in marginalized people and a desperate culture.
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