The School for Contemplative Living
Friday, July 19, 2019
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!

Our Mission

Creating contemplative communities
who practice the presence of God
for personal transformation
and compassionate service with the world.
Become a supporter of the School today! 
To support our mission, do this: 
Checks to Rayne UMC, with "SCL" on the lower memo line 
Mail to: 3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115
Online donations link:

Compassion Cultivation Training
with William Thiele, PhD, & Caroline Campion, MD
Information Session: Wednesday, 8/21/19, 5:30-7 pm
Classes start: September 4,  5:30-7:30 pm, for 8 weeks
or September 5, 12-2 pm, for 8 weeks
Rayne's Epiphany House, 3924 St, Charles Ave.
RSVP or questions:
Suggested cost: $350 (partial scholarships available)
Centering Prayer 5-Day Retreat
with Susan Komis, Contemplative Outreach
Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, Ponchatoula
September 13-18, 2019
__________Monks in the World video__________
  ________________Podcast Series: 11 Episodes________________
"A Contemplative Path"
with William Thiele, PhD
Link to Our Groups (above) for all our weekly classes/monthly workshops


To learn more from our stories of contemplative living read this book:
Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic Culture,
published by Wipf & Stock,and available on,
(William Thiele, author), Listen to a brief youtube description here.
You can also follow a blog by William Thiele:
"A Contemplative Path" at
8th Annual Contemplative Conference: December 1-2, 2017
The Divine Dance with the Trinity
Thanks to the donated video work of Don Downey.
You can learn more about his work at
Listening in Stillness
Cultivating a contemplative presence for God involves daily practice of spiritual disciplines in solitude.
Because the journey cannot be completed alone, we also practice and learn with a community

of supportive friends. This, for us, is the inward journey:

"practicing the Presence of God for personal transformation."

Serving in Joy!
Presence for God brings us into God's heart for the world. The result is action -

a response of serving by bringing the Presence into our service. We serve through

our chosen vocations and through shared missions.

We seek compassionate service with the world. This for us is the outward journey