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Shifting Your Perspective

March 14th, 2022
When was the last time your worldview was challenged or changed? What happened to shift the story for you? Often these shifts can result in some powerfully transformative experiences. A shift in how we identify with or see my story and our story can transform how we live inside of The Story — how we act with

Letting Go to Live in Truth

March 13th, 2022
What does hitting rock bottom look like for you? It’s different for everyone, but it usually comes with the realization that our addictions and attachments are not just controlling us — they might even be destroying us. Going Inward to Let Go Christian contemplation explores the practice of letting go by

It Can’t Be Carried Alone: A Lectio Divina Practice

March 9th, 2022
We invite you to engage in the practice of lectio divina with "It Can't Be Carried Alone," a poem from Father Richard Rohr written in response to the suffering of the Ukrainian people and as a meditation on the experience of watching events unfold from over 6,000 miles away. Read the following passage slowly four

At-One-Ment: Ending the Sacrificial Pattern

February 14th, 2022
Religion should draw our spiritual lives closer to love and freedom. How do we feel God’s profound love in times of suffering? How do we feel connected to true freedom when so many are oppressed—often because of religion? The Franciscans never accepted substitutional atonement theory—the story that Jesus came

Standing on the Edge of the Inside

February 14th, 2022
On the journey to discover inner and outer freedom, many of us find that the true center isn’t really in the middle at all—it lies at the edges. Richard Rohr describes being at the “edge of the inside” as “a way of being in the world that is utterly free and grounded in the compassion of God.” Standing

Holding the Tension of Opposites

February 14th, 2022
What happens when the stories of our early lives no longer resonate with what we’re experiencing now? The death of a someone close, condemnation from a once-loving church, an uphill battle for peace and justice — when dogma no longer feels right, when belief no longer aligns with life, it’s time to seek new

CONSPIRE 2021: A Grateful Look Back

February 2nd, 2022
As a trusted partner of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC), you have made a personal and/ or financial contribution to support this community of shared values. You see the deep need for integrating both action and contemplation to build a more loving, just, and connected world, and we are grateful that you

The Man in the Maze

December 17th, 2021
Father Richard and a small group of co-founders began the work of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in a former barracks next to Holy Family Parish in Albuquerque, NM, in 1987. They hosted teach-ins for local activists and faith leaders – on topics like contemplation, liberation theology, and social

Board Summary of Investigation into Allegations Made by Teresa Mateus

December 13th, 2021
Earlier this year, Teresa Mateus, a well-known colleague, posted an open letter critical of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC). The open letter resurfaced allegations of inappropriate behavior against an individual who, while not employed by CAC, had been a collaborator and participated in CAC-sponsored

The Legacy and Impact of the CONSPIRE Conference Series

September 22nd, 2021
When the CONSPIRE conference series began in 2013, the finale seemed cast beyond the visible horizon. Yet conference by conference, CONSPIRE found its feet and together we walked the trails of the Alternative Orthodoxy towards that horizon. It was not a linear path. We could not always tell by sight or sound our exact

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