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A Lesson in Loving-Kindness

August 4th, 2023
Elaine Walsh Carney, Founding Principal of Pathfinder Philanthropy Advisors, has specialized in philanthropy, facilitation, mediation, and negotiation for thirty-two years. Elaine’s passion is developing and supporting a “culture of philanthropy” in the organizations that she serves. Her current volunteer

Celebrating 100 Episodes of Turning to the Mystics with James Finley

August 4th, 2023
We’re celebrating 100 episodes of Turning to the Mystics! Today marks a major milestone for Turning to the Mystics, the beloved podcast featuring spiritual teacher and psychologist James Finley. After seven seasons, the team has just recorded the 100th episode. Thank you to our regular listeners who have

A Journey of Grace

August 3rd, 2023
Jeri Queenan’s “deep gladness”1 is in working with teams to solve society’s most pressing problems, including serving from 2007–2023 as Partner at Bridgespan, a nonprofit strategic advisor to mission-driven nonprofits and philanthropies advancing justice globally. She is blessed by Charlie Queenan, her

Growing Down: Letting Go and the Path of Descent

August 2nd, 2023
Drew Jackson is a poet, speaker, and public theologian who serves as the Director of Mission Integration for the CAC. He is the author of God Speaks Through Wombs: Poems on God’s Unexpected Coming and Touch the Earth: Poems on The Way. Drew lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Genay, and their twin daughters, Zora and

Listen Now: Learning How to See, Season 4 Bonus Episodes!  

July 31st, 2023
How do we more clearly see what is? The Learning How To See podcast, hosted by Brian McLaren, is back with four bonus episodes exploring just that. Brian, who serves on CAC’s faculty, has dedicated his life to leading people through a nuanced and compassionate understanding of the Gospel, even if it means

Healing Stories: Finding God’s Presence in Trauma  

July 25th, 2023
Uncover the guideposts of your own journey in Healing Stories: Finding God's Presence in Trauma, a new online retreat. Presented by the Center for Action and Contemplation and faculty member James Finley, this full-day retreat is designed to help us reflect on threshold moments in life and discover God's grace guiding

Stories from The Healing Path (Part 3)

July 23rd, 2023
How do you discern which direction to take on The Healing Path? We often stand at many crossroads while navigating a healing journey. After the release of CAC faculty member James Finley’s new book, The Healing Path: A Memoir and an Invitation, we invited several members of the CAC community—Ed, Bonnie, Sarah

Stories from The Healing Path (Part 2)

July 22nd, 2023
How do you find community on The Healing Path? Many of us seek guidance from others while navigating our healing journeys. After the release of CAC faculty member James Finley’s new book, The Healing Path: A Memoir and an Invitation, we invited several members of the CAC community—Richard, Lucy, and JN—to share

Contemplation as the Essence of Social Ministry 

July 21st, 2023
How do we ensure social ministry comes from a space of divine interconnectedness? Joanna Arellano-Gonzalez, director of spiritual & theological formation with the Coalition for Spiritual & Public Leadership in Chicago, shares her reflections on why cultivating a contemplative practice is essential to walking a

Responding with Love in July’s We Conspire series

July 21st, 2023
How do you meet life’s challenges in a loving and compassionate way? In July’s We Conspire articles, authors reflect on responding to life’s questions, invitations, and moments of suffering from a place of discernment and love. Find your place at the intersection of social ministry and contemplative

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