The School for Contemplative Living
Saturday, February 27, 2021
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." 
Our classes, groups, workshops, and retreats are all online!
Use the link to "Our Groups" above for details.
To attend a group, email for the link to that class/group, examples include:
Mondays - Contemplative Justice Group 12-1:30 pm (CST)
Tuesdays - Centering Prayer practice 12:30-1 pm (CST)
Contemplatives in Action Groups 1-2 pm & 6-7 pm (CST)
Wednesdays - Contemplative Life Group 11:30am - 1 pm (CST)
& Cosmic Hope Discussion Group 4-5 pm (CST)
Thursdays - Circle of Trust (sacred poetry and writing) 10-11 am (CST)
Saturdays - Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina 10:00-11:00 am (CST)


If you are able to donate to the School, we need your support:

Make checks to: Rayne UMC, adding "SCL donation" on the lower memo line 

Mail to: SCL, 3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115
Online donations link:
Then use drop-down for the School for Contemplative Living
Text Pay To: 73256, Text says: "giverayne"
Use drop-down for offering to the School for Contemplative Living
"Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics." Charles Peguy



Contemplative Justice Group: New Study
See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valerie Kaur
Begins Monday, March 1, 12-1:30 pm Central Time
Contemplatives in Action Group: New Study 
Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer
Begins Tuesday, March 2, 6-7 pm Central Time (daytime group full)
Contemplative Life Group: New Study
 Jesus Today: A Spirituality of Radical Freedom by Albert Nolan
Begins March 3, 11:30 am - 1 pm Central Time
Compassion Cultivation Training (8 weeks)
with Caroline Campion, MD, and William Thiele, PhD
Classes begin Sunday, March 21, 2-4 pm Central Time
For details:

Join the Compassion Revolution!
__________Monks in the World video__________
  ________________Podcast Series: 11 Episodes________________
"A Contemplative Path"
with William Thiele, PhD


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)
You can also follow a blog by William Thiele:
"A Contemplative Path" 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