Barbara Holmes — Center for Action and Contemplation

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Barbara Holmes

A scholar of African American spirituality and mysticism, Dr. Barbara Holmes reveals how the cosmos can expand our limited constructs of religion, race, and power. As faculty at the Center for Action and Contemplation, she teaches how God’s communal presence can inspire imagination and wisdom, especially in times of crisis. She is the author of Race and the Cosmos and Joy Unspeakable.

essential reading

Race and the Cosmos

What can dark matter teach us about the collective human spirit? Examine the complexities of race and religion through physics and cosmology in Race and the Cosmos. Focusing on the intersection of modern science and indigenous wisdom, Barbara Holmes invites us to re-imagine how we find meaning and dream of a community-called-beloved.  


Oneing: Anger

In this article from Oneing: Anger, Barbara Holmes invites readers to step across the boundaries of our comfortable certainties and embrace a communal contemplative moment of racial solidarity. Read Contemplating Anger from Oneing, the biannual journal of the Center for Action and Contemplation.

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A Story From Barbara

Fishing—my contemplative practice— is the place where I find real connection. I fish with my husband, George. Normally we throw them back, but occasionally bless them for nourishment. We don’t talk a lot. We connect in other ways—through the ocean, the waves, the birds diving, and the struggle. God’s grace has been to live, to breathe salt air, and to just be. 

“The world is the cloister of the contemplative. There is no escape. Always the quest for justice draws one deeply into the heart of God.”

– Dr. Barbara Holmes

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