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Dwelling in the Eye of the Storm 

February 21st, 2024
February’s We Conspire articles explore how to enter contemplative stillness amid turbulence, crisis, and everyday noise. Following the wisdom of ancient and contemporary voices, join us in discovering how cultivating discernment in chaos can not only usher us through difficult periods in our lives, but can

Sitting with the Unknown

February 21st, 2024
What does it feel like to enter a state of contemplation for the first time? The beloved text, The Cloud of Unknowing by Anonymous, has offered generations of contemplative seekers insights for living a more engaged life. Join us in considering some key lessons of The Cloud of Unknowing in February’s We Conspire

Don’t Waste a Good Crisis 

February 21st, 2024
Has a crisis or a breakdown in your life created an opportunity for growth? Margaret Benefiel of the Shalem Institute reflects on how the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic offered her organization an opportunity for growth and development. Join us in reflecting on the opportunities of crisis in this month’s We

Flying Loose in Turbulent Times

February 21st, 2024
What is your instinctual reaction when the world starts spinning out of control? Pastor and pilot Cameron Timble, invites us to loosen our grip in this powerful article from Oneing: Transitions. Join us in finding new ways to manage turbulence in our lives and the world in this moving article from the We Conspire

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

Radical Grace: Honoring Vanessa Guerin’s 20 years of Service to CAC 

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

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