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In Appreciation of Vanessa Guerin, Managing Editor of the Mendicant  

February 14th, 2024
CAC staff member Paul Swanson started a staff meeting recently with a reflection about the dynamic tension between being an amateur and being a professional when working on something we deeply care about. The word “amateur” originated from the French and Italian in the eighteenth century to mean "one who loves" or


February 14th, 2024
The best way out is always through. —Robert Frost  I can’t believe that it’s been twenty years since I was invited to join the small CAC staff. There were twelve of us then, accomplishing a large amount of work with the support of work interns and volunteers. Today, there are almost fifty gifted and

Woundedness and Change 

February 14th, 2024
By Jennifer Tompos This last fall, I sat in a home I had never been in, looking across the dinner table into the eyes of a man who looks just like me. It was like looking at a version of myself. Me staring at him, him staring back at me. Our eyes telling one another the wordless stories of missed decades. I

Embracing Transformation: A Journey into Single Motherhood

February 14th, 2024
Ashanti Rouse holds a wealth of experience in designing and implementing innovative online learning experiences, playing a pivotal role in fostering a culture of continuous learning among learners. Her strategic approach involves leveraging cutting-edge technologies and pedagogical methods to create dynamic and

Virtual Sit Meditations for Lent in 2024

February 14th, 2024
This Lent, clear away the old to make room for transformation. The Center for Action and Contemplation invites you to join us in a series of FREE Virtual Sit Meditations broadcast on YouTube each Friday in Lent, from February 16 to March 29, from 11-11:30am PT  “There are no exceptions to death

DM 2024 Theme Radical Resilience

February 14th, 2024
When I asked CAC Dean of Faculty Brian McLaren to reflect upon this year’s Daily Meditation theme of Radical Resilience, he spoke of gumbo-limbo trees. During Florida hurricanes, Brian explained, the gumbo-limbo tree survives with a sturdy trunk, even when its branches break off. “It travels light through the

Listen to CAC Faculty Featured on Podcasts

Here at CAC, we’ve witnessed the transformative power that conversations can have first-hand through the production of our podcasts. We’re also honored to see our faculty share their work and messages on other acclaimed podcasts and interviews, from Brene Brown to The Marcus J. Borg Foundation. In this

Turning Back to the Desert Mothers and Fathers 

January 30th, 2024
What if you embraced faith as a lifestyle rather than a belief system? In this month’s We Conspire series, we reflect on the legacy of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, early Christian monastic communities that formed in the 3rd century CE in the Egyptian desert. Join us in experiencing echos of their legacy in our

Imagining an Economy of Life

January 30th, 2024
How do we continue to walk toward St. Francis’ vision of community? Elizabeth Garlow reflects how small steps towards transformation can positively affect our communities, inviting us all to think differently about how we engage with our fellow humans, economies, and the natural world. One crisp fall morning in

Three Guidelines for Nurturing a Contemplative Community

January 30th, 2024
What does it look like to grow and nurture a contemplative community today? Pastor Tia Norman shares three guidelines that have served her while expanding her contemplative community, Awakenings, in Houston, Texas. A question I carry close to my heart while serving as pastor of a contemplative community is: “What

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