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We Are More Than Separate Observers

September 28th, 2022
It is a hard truth that most of our human experience is spent in a state of perpetual fragmentation and separateness. It seems our built-in survival mechanism is to split reality and create dualistic categories for safety and control. Our lived experience is a private island, convinced that we ourselves are

Seeking Divine Friendship in the Other

September 28th, 2022
“I like your good vibrations,” she said confidently. And by she, I mean Victoria, a well-known santera from our town. A santera is a woman who practices Santeria, “a pantheistic Afro-Cuban religion developed from the beliefs and customs of the Yoruba people and incorporating some elements of the Catholic

Finding God in the Criminal Justice System

September 28th, 2022
How do we inspire others to see God in those society forgets, oppresses, or denies? CAC Living School student Sara Ofner-Seals, associate pastor at Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne, IN., invites us to explore the intentional and unintentional ways we “other” those around us by sharing her experience

The CAC Library: Cataloging a Legacy

September 2nd, 2022
Can you believe it? Lee Staman has just entered his tenth year as the CAC’s Library Director! In 2013, the CAC embarked upon a very ambitious journey: the Living School. Thankfully, CAC leadership knew that if they were going to start a “school for prophets” they would need a prophetic librarian. A sojourner on

Encouraging the Evolution of the Living School

August 31st, 2022
I flash back to a moment in the Fall of 2013, when Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Jim Finley ascend the stairs to take the stage at the first Living School Symposium. It was electric: superstar mystics, who could not care less about their status and could not care more about passing on the lineage that animates

Expanding Online Learning Experiences at CAC

August 30th, 2022
In 2012, CAC staff began exploring ways of making Fr. Richard Rohr’s teachings as globally accessible as possible. In 2022, we are excited to be celebrating ten years of offering online courses to constituents worldwide who are seeking to learn about the Christian contemplative tradition. Fr. Richard’s recorded

Honoring the Past and Supporting the Future

August 29th, 2022
We're caught in the rigidity of an old system that's no longer appropriate. So, I say the work [we are called to do together] is to hospice the death of the old structures and systems that no longer serve us, while we midwife the new structures and systems that are consistent with a sustainable, just, fulfilling, and

Prophecy: The Beating Heart of Our Curriculum

August 26th, 2022
Fr. Richard often reminds us that the CAC’s Living School was conceived of as “a school for prophets.” For him, this idea is the beating heart of our curriculum. One thing that has become clear to me in conversations with our faculty is that while prophecy is often defined as “speaking truth to power,”

Uncover Your True Identity in This Month’s We Conspire Articles 

August 25th, 2022
This month our We Conspire articles explore ways to reconnect to our God-given identity through stories and wisdom from the Christian contemplative movement. The end of this email includes a specially curated practice that invites us to apply this knowledge to our daily lives. What Does It Mean to Die Before We

Uncover Your God-Given Calling

August 25th, 2022
How do you know your purpose in the world? Have you always known? Or are you on a continuous path of discovery? Trusting the mystery allows us to follow our God-given calling, even if we don’t fully see the path ahead. It is hard to trust the flow if we remain stuck in my story or our story, never expanding into

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