Andō: Silence in the Forest, Part 1 (Episode 47)

“All words begin as silence,” proclaims Andō on her Patreon page.  Indeed, those five words provide an auspicious introduction to this enigmatic yet joyful contemplative Zen poet. As a lay monastic, Andō has spent many years living a monastic life in the forest. In her own words, “Spending five years living quietly in the forest, … Continue reading Andō: Silence in the Forest, Part 1 (Episode 47) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Richard Rohr in Conversation with Cassidy Hall (Episode 46)

Richard Rohr sat down with Cassidy Hall in Chicago last month, at the conference “‘Disappear from View’? Thomas Merton, Fifty Years Later and Beyond” which commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Merton’s death. If I had to choose between music and silence, I’d always choose silence. — Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM In this informal chat, Fr. Richard … Continue reading Richard Rohr in Conversation with Cassidy Hall (Episode 46) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Auld Lang Silence (Episode 45)

For our final episode of 2018 — the first full year of our podcast, which debuted on December 6, 2017 — the three co-hosts of Encountering Silence sat down for a brief chat in which we reflected on the year just past, and shared some hopes for the podcast in the year to come. This … Continue reading Auld Lang Silence (Episode 45) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO: Silence in Chicago (Episode 44)

We are so pleased to welcome Trappist monk and poet Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO, back to Encountering Silence. A while back, Cassidy Hall interviewed brother Paul at his home, Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky (you can listen to that episode by clicking here). She ran into Br. Paul again recently while visiting Catholic Theological Union in … Continue reading Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO: Silence in Chicago (Episode 44) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Jacqueline Bussie: Silence and Love without Limits (Episode 43)

Sometimes we do not encounter silence so much as silence encounters us — whether we want it to or not. Today we have a conversation with Dr. Jacqueline Bussie, author of Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for Love with No Exceptions. Dr. Bussie teaches religion, theology, and interfaith studies classes at Concordia College in … Continue reading Jacqueline Bussie: Silence and Love without Limits (Episode 43) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Rebecca Bratten Weiss: Silence, Feminism, and Literature (Episode 42)

This week’s episode marks the one-year anniversary of Encountering Silence! Our pilot episode was released a year ago today. It seems appropriate, therefore, that on this first-year anniversary, we release an episode that marks a new “first” for us. Not only is it the first time we’ve interviewed Catholic author, philosopher and feminist Rebecca Bratten … Continue reading Rebecca Bratten Weiss: Silence, Feminism, and Literature (Episode 42) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Dear Listeners, Help Us Spread the Word About Silence!

We live in a world that is getting noisier and noisier. More and more people recognize that we need silence, not only for our spiritual well-being, but for psychological, creative, and even physical wellness. But for many of us, silence is elusive. We struggle with noise — both outside and within. And many of us … Continue reading Dear Listeners, Help Us Spread the Word About Silence! → … Read more at Encountering Silence

David Cole: Celtic Mysticism and Silence (Episode 41)

How does silence impact the rhythms of our lives — including the rhythm of prayer? How can we invite silence into our lives, in both structured and unstructured ways? Joining us to explore questions like these — from the New Forest of England — is the award-winning author, teacher and spiritual guide David Cole. Intentional … Continue reading David Cole: Celtic Mysticism and Silence (Episode 41) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Christine Valters Paintner: Silence, Art, and Contemplation (Episode 40)

Christine Valters Paintner — an American expatriate living in the west of Ireland — joins us on Encoutering Silence to explore the intersections of silence, spirituality, contemplation, creativity, and living as a monk in the real world. Author, poet, spiritual director, and Benedictine Oblate Christine Valters Paintner serves as the online Abbess at www.AbbeyoftheArts.com, a … Continue reading Christine Valters Paintner: Silence, Art, and Contemplation (Episode 40) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Judith Valente: Silence, St. Benedict, and Writing (Episode 39)

Judith Valente is a poet, a journalist, a Benedictine oblate, and the author of books including Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith and How to Live: What the Rule of Saint Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community. Her books of poetry include Discovering Moons and The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the … Continue reading Judith Valente: Silence, St. Benedict, and Writing (Episode 39) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Helen Lees: Silence, Politics, and Education

British writer and educator Dr. Helen E. Lees is an independent scholar, journalist and artist whose work explores topics such as alternative education, silence and sexuality. She is an associate research fellow at York St John University in England. Her books include Education Without Schools: Discovering Alternatives and Silence in Schools. Dr. Lees appears in the movie In Pursuit of Silence and a transcript of … Continue reading Helen Lees: Silence, Politics, and Education → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Allison M. Sullivan: Silence, Yoga, and Faith (Episode 37)

Allison M. Sullivan is a mom, wife, yoga teacher, author, podcaster, and spiritual companion. She is the author of Rock Paper Scissors: God’s Mighty Power, Jesus’s Covering Forgiveness, and the Snipping Refinement of the Holy Spirit. She is the host of the Sinner Saint Sister podcast. She and her family reside in Bryan, Texas, where she engages … Continue reading Allison M. Sullivan: Silence, Yoga, and Faith (Episode 37) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Kathleen Norris, Part Two: SIlence, Poetry, and Acedia (Episode 36)

In this episode we conclude our interview with poet and essayist Kathleen Norris. In part one of the interview, Kathleen and Cassidy explored topics such as poetry, creativity, silence (of course) and acedia — a spiritual malady that she wrote about movingly in her memoir Acedia and Me.  This is part two of a two part … Continue reading Kathleen Norris, Part Two: SIlence, Poetry, and Acedia (Episode 36) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Kathleen Norris, Part One: Silence, Poetry, and Acedia (Episode 35)

A self-described “evangelist for poetry,” Kathleen Norris explores the spiritual life in both intimate and historical ways, through her award-winning poetry and luminous works of literary nonfiction, including Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, The Cloister Walk, and Acedia and Me. In addition to her distinguished literary career, she is a Presbyterian layperson and a Benedictine Oblate. “There’s natural noise, … Continue reading Kathleen Norris, Part One: Silence, Poetry, and Acedia (Episode 35) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Parker J. Palmer, Part 2: On the Brink of Silence (Episode 34)

This week our conversation with Quaker activist, author, and educator Parker J. Palmer continues. Please listen to Part One (Episode 33) if you haven’t already done so. In this week’s episode, we explore the question of how sometimes silence can be toxic (a “silencing” rather than the silence that frees), and how Quaker spirituality has … Continue reading Parker J. Palmer, Part 2: On the Brink of Silence (Episode 34) → … Read more at Encountering Silence