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Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and James Finley open Christianity to a broader and more inclusive theological vision. They draw upon contemplative wisdom present in the Christian tradition, a lineage of individuals who experienced God as permeating all reality. Our teachers hold that Scripture as validated by experience and experience as validated by this lineage are essential elements in developing a spiritual worldview.
Contemplative practices of self-emptying (kenosis) are central to this path and are the means by which we open ourselves to personally experience God’s grace and to express God’s radical compassion for suffering, particularly for the socially marginalized.
The two-year Living School program is a unique opportunity to study directly with CAC’s core faculty. In fidelity to the contemplative wisdom lineage of the Christian tradition, the Living School provides a theological and spiritual training ground for its students. The committed and mature contemplative person becomes a multiplier in the world; they are drawn to bring an energetic, tenderhearted presence to work toward the healing of suffering and the continued evolution of our planet.
Richard Rohr is a Franciscan of the New Mexico Province and the Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard serves as Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. An internationally recognized author and spiritual teacher, Fr. Richard teaches primarily on Incarnational Mysticism, non-dual consciousness and contemplation. He is the author of numerous books, including The Naked Now, Everything Belongs, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and The Divine Dance.
Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. Cynthia divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and global teaching to spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and wisdom path. She is the founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School. She is the author of eight books: The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Wisdom Jesus, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Mystical Hope, and The Heart of Centering Prayer.
James Finley is a contemplative teacher and writer and a retired clinical psychologist. He leads retreats throughout the United States and Canada, attracting men and women from all religious traditions who seek to live a contemplative way of life in the midst of today’s busy world. Early in his life, James lived as a cloistered monk at the Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where the world-renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director. He currently lives with his wife in Santa Monica, California. James is the author of Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.