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Everything Belongs, CAC’s newest podcast, debuts with a special miniseries

November 10th, 2023
Our newest podcast, Everything Belongs, has just launched! We’re debuting the podcast with a 5-episode mini-series featuring thoughtful conversations between Richard Rohr and CAC’s faculty and staff to serve as guideposts for living these teachings forward. Below is a reflection piece from Corey Wayne, CAC’s

This Fella in the Straw Hat

November 3rd, 2023
Paul Swanson is on staff at the CAC. He is a jackleg Mennonite and novice in the new monastic Community of the Incarnation. Paul and his wife, Laura, have two feral and beloved children. Learn more about Paul's work kindling the examined life for contemplatives in the world at I discovered a

Finding the Baby

November 3rd, 2023
Betsy Cañas Garmon (Living School Sendee 2023) is an artist, writer, and creativity coach. She hosts workshops and online makers’ circles at the intersection of creativity and spiritual practice and is the creator of the visual journaling course Soul Cartography. The parents of five grown children, Betsy and her

Becoming a Disciple of the Big Picture

November 3rd, 2023
Tia Norman is a teacher and guide specializing in spirituality and practices anchored in the mystical teachings of the Christian contemplative tradition. She leads workshops, retreats, and courses while serving as Pastor of Awakenings, Inc., a contemplative community based in Houston, Texas. She’s interested in

Sacred Giving, Sacred Receiving

November 3rd, 2023
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

Shifting from Scarcity to Abundance

September 11th, 2023
Does your fear of scarcity block your compassion, action, and healing? Sawyer Tracy of Wisdom & Money explores how transforming our fear can unlock healing for our future generations and the world.  When I think about the transformation of the world, be it climate change, economics, housing, education systems

Gathering in Compassionate Communion

September 11th, 2023
What does it mean to truly live in solidarity with those on the margins? Nathan Davis Hunt, part of the nonprofit Community Purchasing Alliance, explores the healing power of contemplative stillness—even in the face of overwhelming grief. Join the call to build a more compassionate and loving world for those living

Moving from Awareness to Action 

September 11th, 2023
What does compassionate accountability look like? Equal Justice USA‘s Sam Heath reflects on the impact of his decision to join the anti-racist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 and explores what true justice, accountability, and safety look like and what is required of us to break the gridlock of

Answering the Call in September’s We Conspire series

September 11th, 2023
How do we shift our relationship with social and economic systems to create a more just and loving world? CAC Faculty member Dr. Barbara Holmes reflects, “The systems say that change can’t come, that gravity wins, that religion is of no use except to placate the people, that you’d better put your trust in growth

Falling into Greater Wisdom in August’s We Conspire Series 

August 22nd, 2023
What are your experiences of the second half of life? In “Falling Upward,” Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) founder Richard Rohr writes: “Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of our physical life, but I simply

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