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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

Order, Disorder, Reorder—and Resolution

August 30th, 2021
In the 1970s, the record player was a standard fixture in many households, and our home was no exception. In fact, my first words as a toddler were “record player,” or, as I would say, “wrecka-p’ayer.” Having grown up with a “wrecka-p’ayer,” I absolutely, positively loved music—and I still do: all

CAC Executive Director Michael Poffenberger Interviewed on Contemporary Spirituality Podcast

August 26th, 2021
Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) Executive Director Michael Poffenberger was recently featured on an episode of the podcast Contemporary Spirituality. In this episode, Michael shares how the CAC are building on Fr. Richard Rohr’s vision for the organization and its role in the future of the Christian

In Service to the Healing of our World

August 23rd, 2021
In my first post introducing this series, I spoke of how the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) was undergoing a period of disorder and reorder at this stage in our institutional journey. This period began shortly after I joined the CAC team in 2014, and our board of directors tasked us with clarifying the

Update on the Independent Review

August 18th, 2021
This past winter, Teresa Mateus, a respected colleague, posted an open letter critical of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC). This letter, along with continued reflection and discussions within our community, lent urgency to our ongoing efforts to examine how we can embody the values that guide our work and

An Invitation to Serve on the Finance & Operations Committee

July 12th, 2021
Founded by Fr. Richard Rohr, the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) exists to introduce Christian contemplative wisdom and practices that support transformation and inspire loving action. Volunteers on CAC board committees play an instrumental role in helping guide the development of policies and procedures

Returning to the Center

June 14th, 2021
When Richard Rohr founded the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in 1987, he felt called to create something new. From the start, 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

Statement from the Executive Director

February 5th, 2021
Earlier this week, Teresa Mateus, a respected colleague, posted an open letter critical of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Specifically, she has raised questions concerning my handling of allegations of abuse against a former Living School student and fellow member of our larger spiritual community. She also

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