The School for Contemplative Living
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!
The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: 
Inner Healing and Contemplative Practice

with Rabbi Rami Shapiro

 “Rabbi Shapiro touches the very heart of spirituality.

His message has the ring of universal truth. Drawing from many traditions and faiths,

he highlights the essence of all spiritual teachings and the secret of inspired living.”

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September 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

September 17, 9:30-11:30 am, 1-3 pm

Rayne Memorial UMC,

3900 St. Charles Ave.

Suggested donation: $75 (or $25 per session)

($70 for SCL members)

all are welcome!

  • "Rami Shapiro is a great Jewish mystical teacher who brings to his public sharings a deep and personal interspiritual wisdom. He is a living witness to the importance of interfaith life, and combines in his practical teachings an unfailing sense of humor, powerful inspiration, and the challenge of genuine spiritual awakening and transformation.”
  •  “Rami Shapiro is brilliant, heartful and full of reverence (and irreverence!)  A great pluralistic soul with a fabulous sense of humor. You will love him.”
  •  "Rabbi Rami manages to distill so much wisdom and food for thought into his work. He artfully uses practical and easy-to-understand analogies from everyday life to make his points—and to point us to a higher truth.”

 The Heart of Mindfulness Day Retreat
with William Thiele
Saturday, August 20, 9 am - 3 pm
Parker United Methodist Church
1130 Nashville Ave.
Cost: $60


Become a member/supporter of the School today!


To support our mission, become a member/supporter for $40 or more.

Checks to Rayne UMC, with "SCL membership" on the memo line

3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115

(Members are invited to deduct $5 from any workshop fee.)


Our Mission

Creating contemplative communities who practice the presence of God for personal transformation and radical engagement with the world.

Our video introducing our calling called "Monks in the World" can be linked here:

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), and also this blog:
"A Contemplative Path" at
An introductory PBS video with Martin Laird, author of Into the Silent Land, is here:
Listening in Stillness
Cultivating a contemplative presence for God involves daily practice of spiritual disciplines in solitude.
To learn more about our central practice of centering prayer,link to the following:

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 radical engagement with the world. This for us is the outward journey.

To learn more from our stories of contemplative living see:
Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic Culture,
published by Wipf & Stock, and available on, and also
"A Contemplative Path" blog at
To connect with a class, practice group, or workshop - link to Our Groups.