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Reimagining a Contemplative Lifestyle in March’s We Conspire Series

March 21st, 2024
What does it mean to live a contemplative lifestyle? March’s We Conspire contributors say it has to do with balance. When we learn to weigh our everyday responsibilities with essential time of rest and stillness, we become more deeply connected to ourselves and Divine wisdom. From ancient prayer to

Resting in the Wisdom of The Philokalia

March 21st, 2024
How do we balance our inner practice with our everyday responsibilities? This month, we turn to wisdom from Eastern Orthodox Christianity to explore key principles of the contemplative lifestyle—specifically, Hesychasm, a contemplative prayer of stillness. Join us in discovering more about the Philokalia, a

Receiving the Gifts of Contemplative Practice

March 21st, 2024
How do we identify spiritual wisdom in a world full of information? In this moving article from The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Sniffen, we’re reminded that contemplative wisdom is not something to push for or arrive at—rather it’s a practice of openness and receptivity. Join us in reflecting on how we can better

Creating Space for Sleep and Imagination

March 21st, 2024
What if rest was an act of resistance? Reclaim space to imagine a different kind of future in this wonderful conversation with Tricia Hersey, founder of The Nap Ministry. Hosts of the podcast We Can Do Hard Things, Glennon Doyle, Amanda Doyle, and Abby Wambach join Tricia to explore how experiencing deeper rest offers

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

Imagining an Economy of Life

January 30th, 2024
How do we continue to walk toward St. Francis’ vision of community? Elizabeth Garlow reflects how small steps towards transformation can positively affect our communities, inviting us all to think differently about how we engage with our fellow humans, economies, and the natural world. One crisp fall morning in

Turning Back to the Desert Mothers and Fathers 

January 30th, 2024
What if you embraced faith as a lifestyle rather than a belief system? In this month’s We Conspire series, we reflect on the legacy of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, early Christian monastic communities that formed in the 3rd century CE in the Egyptian desert. Join us in experiencing echos of their legacy in our

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