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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

Creating CAC’s Financial Philosophy

September 13th, 2021
Early last year, when we first started exploring a few key questions around how the CAC stewards its financial resources, no one could have anticipated that we’d be completing a comprehensive, board-approved financial philosophy by December. Our newly adopted philosophy, which captures Fr. Richard’s theological

CAC’s Financial Philosophy: “How you do anything is how you do everything.”

September 6th, 2021
When Richard Rohr founded the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in 1987, his vision was to provide spiritual grounding for a movement of contemplative activists and prophetic leaders—an “underground seminary” that would teach the path of praxis and prayer. Over the years, we grew from a mom-and-pop

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Embracing Disorder

September 2nd, 2021
When I was first approached about writing a piece informed by Richard’s framework, Order, Disorder, Reorder, I was both excited and perplexed. What had I demonstrated in my time at the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) that would indicate such familiarity with Disorder? Immediately, it became clear

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