This page houses helpful links and resources for you and your community as you seek to practice greater mindfulness in your ministry. I am always adding new ones as I learn about them, so if you have a suggestion, let me know.
Benedictus Contemplative Church – search here for a phenomenal embodiment of a contemplative ethos within a worshiping community in Canberra, Australia. My friend the Rev. Sarah Bachelard, an Anglican priest and coordinator for the World Community for Christian Meditation.
A Waking Heart– this wonderful blog site by my friend the Rev. Matthew Wright, an Episcopal priest in Woodstock, NY and colleague in The New Contemplatives Exchange. Incredible stuff here…
St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, CO. This monastic community has become another piece of my heart, since our time there with the New Contemplatives Exchange. An amazing community for retreats, prayer, conversation….and silence and contemplation.
New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, a Camaldolese Benedictine monastery. The Camaldolese tradition has become very important for me, with its emphasis on holding together the eremitic (solitary) and coenobitic (communal) elements of the Christian monastic tradition.
The Beecken Center at the School of Theology, the University of the South, Sewanee Here you can learn more about the developing work of the Beecken Center at Sewanee, a space that fosters a deeper Christian practice in areas such as the Education for Ministry (EfM) program, Living in the Green, spaces with environmental stewardship, and Mary Parmer’s fascinating conversation with Invite, Welcome, Connect.
The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation I recommend the many opportunities for spiritual formation and guidance offered by the phenomenal Shalem staff. A true place for growth and a deepening trust in the Spirit’s guidance.
The Center for Action and Contemplation The work of the CAC is spot on when it comes to the development of an “alternative orthodoxy,” drawing on the work of Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and James Finley.
The World Community for Christian Meditation The WCCM carries forth the teaching legacy of John Main, OSB, who developed the mantra-based Christian meditation practice that has now, with Laurence Freeman, OSB, blossomed into a world-wide community.
Contemplative Outreach Here, you can explore the work of Thomas Keating, OCSO, William Meninger, OSCO, and the community that continues the development of Centering Prayer around the world.
The Society for the Increase of Ministry (SIM), my friend and colleague Dr. Courtney Cowart is now the Executive Director of SIM, a wonderful resource for leadership development and scholarship support for seminarians and leaders in The Episcopal Church.
Gravity: A Center for Contemplative Activism Here, you can explore the work of Chris and Phileena Heuertz, two incredible human beings, and their team, as they reflect on ways to integrate a deeper embodiment of Christ’s love with a grounding in contemplative prayer. This is good stuff!
The Work of the People— a wonderful resource for reflections, videos, and teaching tools to foster conversation and engagement.
The Society of St. John the Evangelist: a men’s monastic order in The Episcopal Church, a wonderful site for resources on prayer and integrating monastic practices into everyday life.