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An Interview with Lerita Coleman Brown on Howard Thurman’s Legacy 

May 17th, 2024
Have you considered how Howard Thurman's advocacy and theological work impacts today’s modern Christian contemplative movement? In this conversation, Lerita Coleman Brown sits down with Center for Action and Contemplation’s Digital and Print Publications Manager, Mark Longhurst. Brown illuminates Howard

Can Money Serve Our Transition from Ego to Soul?

May 13th, 2024
Douglas Tsoi is a Franciscan spiritual director who offers financial-spiritual coaching. He writes about the intersection of personal finance and spirituality on the Substack newsletter Money and Meaning. He can be found at By Douglas Tsoi Recently, I listened to an interview in which

Expanding the Circle of Support 

May 13th, 2024
Ben Keesey is the Development & Partnerships Director for the Center for Action and Contemplation and has been working with Fr. Richard and the CAC team since 2016. Prior to joining CAC, Ben was the Executive Director of the international justice organization Invisible Children working in three countries in east

Guideposts on the Camino

May 13th, 2024
Braxton Martorano is a resident of Indianapolis and recent graduate of Butler University, where he designed a racial equity workshop based in storytelling, served as a ministry leader, and studied economics. He now works to support small, disadvantaged businesses at the Indy Chamber of Commerce. By Braxton

Contemplation, Community, and Commitment

May 13th, 2024
Cheri Crockett is a retired CPA living in St. Charles, Missouri. She is actively involved in volunteer work for a nonprofit organization that promotes voting, voter education, and civic engagement. She and her husband also coordinate their church’s self-service pantry. Cheri enjoys reading, yoga, hanging out with

James Finley on Tending the Inner Fire 

April 1st, 2024
Our 2024 Daily Meditation theme is “Radical Resilience.” For the next three months, from April to June 2024, we will do a deeper exploration of tending the fire within. How does our inner flame help us strengthen our resilience? Radical resilience is the ability to face hardship with greater love and deeper

An Interview with Cole Arthur Riley on Radical Resilience 

February 23rd, 2024
How can we embody the word "resilience" in a way that acknowledges the reality that we take on a new shape when we face life's challenges? Cole Arthur Riley recently sat down with Mark Longhurst, CAC’s Digital and Print Publications Manager, to discuss her bestselling book Black Liturgies and how to engage with

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

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