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Building on Richard Rohr’s Founding Vision

We continue to partner with teachers who live and teach from this same vision, broadening our programs and their reach to serve a new generation of seekers.

Our Teachers

As Father Richard enters his last chapter of public life, the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) faces a unique opportunity to build upon the legacy of his five decades of teaching in support of the emerging contemplative renewal within Christianity. 

A key priority for us at the CAC has been to effectively partner with an expanding team of gifted faculty to serve as elders, teachers, and spiritual leaders to continue serving and building on Father Richard’s founding vision for many years to come—potentially even more powerfully than ever before.

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Core Faculty of the Center for Action and Contemplation

In 2019 the CAC and its Living School were blessed with the additions of Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes and Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren, joining Father Richard Rohr, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, and Dr. James Finley as the core Faculty of the CAC.

We continue to partner with teachers who live and teach from this same vision, broadening our programs and their reach to serve the spiritual needs of a new generation of seekers. In all things, we remain committed to our founding mission to offer Christian teaching that transforms and liberates individuals and communities in service to the healing work of love and compassion.

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Core Faculty

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Brian D. McLaren, Dean of Core Faculty

is the Dean of CAC Faculty. Former evangelical pastor Brian D. McLaren is a champion for a more loving, inclusive and contemplative Christianity. A faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation, he teaches ways to reconnect with the message Jesus lived and died for—unconditional love. He is the author of Faith After Doubt, The Great Spiritual Migration, and host of CAC’s podcast Learning How to See.

James Finley, Core Faculty

is a contemplative practitioner and clinical psychologist. Drawing from his experience as a former monk and spiritual directee of Thomas Merton, Jim offers trustworthy guidance for the spiritual journey through this website, online courses, and occasional retreats.

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Barbara Holmes, Core Faculty

is a spiritual teacher, activist, and scholar focused on African American spirituality, mysticism, cosmology and culture. She is President Emerita of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (2012-2016), and also served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Memphis Theological Seminary (2005-2010).

Emeritus Faculty

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Richard Rohr, CAC Founder and Emeritus Faculty

is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and academic dean of the CAC’s Living School. An internationally recognized author and spiritual leader, Fr. Richard teaches primarily on incarnational mysticism, nondual consciousness, and contemplation, with a particular emphasis on how these affect the social justice issues of our time.

Cynthia Bourgeault, Emeritus Faculty

is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, internationally known retreat leader, and CAC Faculty Emeritus. She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths.

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