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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

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

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

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

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

Taking the Slow Road to Letting Go

August 22nd, 2023
Illuman participant Joe Lonergan describes the transformative wisdom of a Men’s Rite of Passage workshop while facing a crossroads in his life. He describes his continuous journey towards spiritual growth and practice in the second half of life. Joe writes: Sometime in my early forties, I was facing four

Stepping into an Awakening 

August 22nd, 2023
Can facing death offer us greater courage in life? Dharma practitioner and author, the late Kathleen Dowling Singh (1946–2017) shares how approaching death allowed her to find refuge in grace.She explained, “We stay in an awakened relationship with each moment when we are firmly merged in grace.” Listen

The Journey to Spiritual Maturity

August 22nd, 2023
What are your experiences of growing in age and wisdom? Members of our contemplative community share insights, stories, and moments of stillness from their personal journeys. From finding new joy in the familiar aspects of our lives to surviving life’s challenges, we hope you find comfort and inspiration in these

Responding with Love in July’s We Conspire series

July 21st, 2023
How do you meet life’s challenges in a loving and compassionate way? In July’s We Conspire articles, authors reflect on responding to life’s questions, invitations, and moments of suffering from a place of discernment and love. Find your place at the intersection of social ministry and contemplative

Contemplation as the Essence of Social Ministry 

July 21st, 2023
How do we ensure social ministry comes from a space of divine interconnectedness? Joanna Arellano-Gonzalez, director of spiritual & theological formation with the Coalition for Spiritual & Public Leadership in Chicago, shares her reflections on why cultivating a contemplative practice is essential to walking a

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