“That was calming. It was kind of nice.” “Contemplative Sundays are quieter than I’m used to in church.”
Because we prioritize the contemplative side of spirituality, some of our gatherings have a quieter side. If you happen in on one of them, you might be taken aback.
Meditation and other soul-quieting practices have always been part of Christian practice. However, 500 years ago, as Western society was going through the Renaissance, the church began to ignore these practices. Back then, science was telling us that the universe is a mechanical place governed by absolute principles and irrefutable truths. Contemplative practices (like meditation) think about the universe differently. They embrace a reality rich in mystery, paradox, and uncertainty. Consequently, for a long time now, Western Christians were uncomfortable with contemplative practice. Even today, some question if Christians can be contemplative. Isn’t that for Buddhists?
But science has given us an updated understanding of the universe. We no longer live in a precise, absolute universe. In the quantum era, our universe is now un-absolute, relative, and uncertain. Consequently, many are reawakening to our need for spiritual practices that embrace mystery and uncertainty …
… contemplative practices.
In our community’s life, we are finding richness in our spiritual lives as we re-embrace our ancient contemplative tradition. We hope you’ll join us.
Because meditation is so important to us, we’ve created some resources to help orient you:
1. Wednesday Contemplative Modules
Together we learn, we practice, and we share our experience of the ancient practices.
We are fortunate that Jennifer Murray is part of our community. Her studies focused on contemplative spiritual practice. She leads regular Wednesday modules—several weeks in length. Watch the announcements for dates.
2. Meditation (centering prayer)
These two youtubes explain why and how we meditate.
3. Examen of Consciousness
Click HERE for a Sunday lesson on the ancient practice of examen.
4. Contemplative Spirituality
Click HERE for several Sunday lessons that that will familiarize you with contemplative spirituality.