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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

Your God-Given Identity is Love

If someone told you that holiness is actually your first nature, would you believe them? What would it take for you to accept that you are inherently holy and always loved? On our podcast Love Period, Dr. Rev. Jacqui Lewis interviewed Christian activist Lisa Sharon Harper, who reconnected with her God-given

What Does It Mean to Die Before We Die?

August 25th, 2022
What one thing has been the hardest for you to let go? Try not to answer right away but sit with the question in contemplative prayer. Let the question sink into you, resonating in your heart and your bones, going beyond the ego, and finding the answer in your True Self. Contemplative practice can be five or

Living School Adaption in Pandemic Times

August 24th, 2022
On March 9, 2020, the Living School began an Intensive at a local retreat center. In the middle of the week, the first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in New Mexico. On the last day of the Intensive, Fr. Richard taught students from his hermitage over Zoom. That very same day, CAC staff learned the CAC campus was closing

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