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An Interview with Lerita Coleman Brown on Howard Thurman’s Legacy 

May 17th, 2024
Have you considered how Howard Thurman's advocacy and theological work impacts today’s modern Christian contemplative movement? In this conversation, Lerita Coleman Brown sits down with Center for Action and Contemplation’s Digital and Print Publications Manager, Mark Longhurst. Brown illuminates Howard

Can Money Serve Our Transition from Ego to Soul?

May 13th, 2024
Douglas Tsoi is a Franciscan spiritual director who offers financial-spiritual coaching. He writes about the intersection of personal finance and spirituality on the Substack newsletter Money and Meaning. He can be found at By Douglas Tsoi Recently, I listened to an interview in which

Expanding the Circle of Support 

May 13th, 2024
Ben Keesey is the Development & Partnerships Director for the Center for Action and Contemplation and has been working with Fr. Richard and the CAC team since 2016. Prior to joining CAC, Ben was the Executive Director of the international justice organization Invisible Children working in three countries in east

Guideposts on the Camino

May 13th, 2024
Braxton Martorano is a resident of Indianapolis and recent graduate of Butler University, where he designed a racial equity workshop based in storytelling, served as a ministry leader, and studied economics. He now works to support small, disadvantaged businesses at the Indy Chamber of Commerce. By Braxton

Contemplation, Community, and Commitment

May 13th, 2024
Cheri Crockett is a retired CPA living in St. Charles, Missouri. She is actively involved in volunteer work for a nonprofit organization that promotes voting, voter education, and civic engagement. She and her husband also coordinate their church’s self-service pantry. Cheri enjoys reading, yoga, hanging out with

Living Simply and Sustainably in April’s We Conspire series 

April 25th, 2024
What if St. Francis and St. Clare arrived on your doorstep in 2024? What would these medieval counterculture icons think of how you spend your time—how you treat our earth? In April’s We Conspire series, we hear reflections from those applying Franciscan wisdom to the crisis in our modern world. While many

Lessons from a Pair of Medieval Dropouts

April 25th, 2024
St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi embraced the beauty of the natural world as their guiding spiritual practice. Their radical emphasis on simplicity was not for the faint of heart—challenging us to sink deeper into devotion and really question what we can live without. Join us in finding wisdom from some key

Modeling a Life of Prayer and Action 

April 25th, 2024
How do we model a life of prayer and action? Michele Dunne, the Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) explores how the legacy of St. Francis Assisi’s life inspires her work today. She invites you to join her in creating a modern movement grounded in the values of St. Francis.   At one point

Seeing Our Ecological Crisis as a Spiritual Crisis

April 25th, 2024
What if today’s ecological crisis was actually a spiritual crisis? Theresa Martella, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scientist and Living School sendee reflects on her own changing relationship to Nature as she expands her awareness of contemplative spirituality and practice. Think back to a

Find God in Creative Expression in “ONEING: Art and Spirituality” 

April 15th, 2024
How does art mirror contemplative prayer? The Center for Action and Contemplation is excited to announce the newest issue of our biannual journal, “ONEING: Art and Spirituality” — now available. In this Spring issue, readers are invited to explore artistic expression as a deeply spiritual act that invites us

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