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Your Guide to Spiritual Healing from Trauma & Church Hurt 

June 14th, 2024
When we are hurt by the people and places who represent God in our lives, we can get what Penobscot Nation activist Sherri Mitchell calls a “soul wound.” We lose trust in others, ourselves, and our ability to be loved when we experience spiritual abuse from toxic religion. Many of these hurt people begin faith

Your Guide to Contemplative Parenting & Conscious Caregiving 

June 7th, 2024
Many on the contemplative path ask themselves how they can better nurture their children’s minds, bodies, and spirits. Contemplative parenting can be especially challenging for those overcoming trauma from toxic religion, spiritual abuse, and faith deconstruction. Are you no longer connected to the church of

Participating in a Circle of Connection in May’s We Conspire Series

May 24th, 2024
What or who reminds you that we are all connected? In this month’s We Conspire series, we reflect on moments of sacred connection with each other and the natural world. Today, we have many ways of understanding how the world’s societies and ecologies interact with each other. Yet, as we move towards a world

Honoring the Divine Essence of All of Creation

May 24th, 2024
How do we remind ourselves that we are interconnected to everyone and everything? This month, we reflect on the wisdom of Saint Bonaventure, a Franciscan statesman and mystic who dedicated his life to strengthening our human role in God’s Great Story. Around 1220 in Bagnoregio, Italy, a small boy lay suffering

This Unveiling by Drew Jackson 

May 24th, 2024
Do you ever ask yourself—what is it that we cannot see? Poet and CAC Staff Member, Drew Jackson asks us to embrace the webs of unseen connection that underlie our daily reality in this beautiful poem, “This Unveiling,” featured in “ONEING: Unveiling.” This is the pressing question of every age:

Rooting in Nature and Community

May 24th, 2024
How do we remind ourselves that we are all connected to each other—just as we are connected to the earth? Anna Johnson, North America Senior Program Manager of Laudato Si’ offers words of encouragement for our long and complex struggle to heal each other and our earth. Wandering through an old-growth forest

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 www.douglastsoi.com. 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

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