Posts tagged with ‘contemplative prayer’

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Why Contemplation is Revolutionary (Conclusion)

by Carl McColman

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 […]

Why Contemplation is Revolutionary (Part One)

by Carl McColman

In yesterday’s post (The Archbishop and the Community Theologian) I quoted two renowned living contemplatives — emeritus Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and author/community theologian Kenneth Leech — both speaking of the communal and social implications of contemplative prayer. Naysayers, stand aside. Contemplative prayer is not about navel-gazing or self-absorbed “spiritual experiences.” Indeed, anyone who […]

The Archbishop and the Community Theologian

by Carl McColman

I’ve posted both of the following quotes in this blog before, but they are such wonderful quotes that I find myself going back to them again and again. Last night I taught a class on contemplative spirituality at an Episcopal Church in Gainesville, GA, and I used the first of these two quotes. It’s from […]

Contemplative Prayer in Decatur

by Carl McColman

Wow. I feel so privileged to have been part of the first contemplative gathering at First Christian Church of Decatur, Georgia. It was a very simple thing, actually. There were over 20 of us (I counted 21, but someone else said 22, maybe I forgot to count myself) gathered together in one of the education […]

Circle the World in Prayer… with Shalem

by Carl McColman

My journey into contemplative practice began at Shalem. Before I discovered the Shalem Institute in the spring of 1984, mysticism and contemplation were pretty much just topics I liked to read about. That’s not to say these topics weren’t meaningful to me, or that they did not give me a sort of intellectual spirituality that […]

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

by Carl McColman

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 […]