A MINISTRY OF PARKER AND RAYNE MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES
The School for Contemplative Living
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!
 Next Workshop:    Presence and Encounter
                                                              with Brother Ephrem Arcement, Ph.D., OSB
 
Saturday May, 31
9 AM - Noon
Parker Memorial United Methodist Church
1130 Nashville Ave.
 
Come experience a charismatic new monk who lives at Saint Joseph's Abbey,
a Benedictine monastery near Covington, Louisiana.
 
Current Class:     Monks in the World 
                                                   by William Thiele (book cost: $25)
                                                                                 Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. (with centering at 5:30 p.m.)
                                                Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville Ave.
 

 
Link to YouTube below discussing the book of
spiritual memoir stories about forming our School for Contemplative Living,
Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic Culture
 

Our Mission
Creating Contemplative Communities who practice the presence of God
for personal transformation
and radical engagement with the world.
 

A Contemplative Pledge
 In the early 21st century
a monastery without walls, a monastery of the heart,
a lay, ecumenical contemplative community
is being born.
We contemplatives are simply seekers of oneness with God.
We remember what Jesus said,
"May all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us." (John 17:21)
As brothers and sisters of this oneness
we are gathering in a time when religion is going crazy,
again,
defining itself by who it judges as unworthy.
In such a time we create an open table
to invite all spiritual seekers
to come into the shelter of an inclusive community,
a home for all of us sinners and saints,
a refuge for Americans who are wearied by a frantic culture
and an overly busy church.
In such a time of distress,
we will teach each other how to find our inner sanctuary
and we will learn to serve the world from that True Home together.
We commit ourselves to the mission
of creating contemplative communities
who practice the presence of God
for personal transformation
and radical engagement with the world.
 

 
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,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr3rY5ZvlNM&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share 

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.

 
The School for Contemplative Living is an ecumenical ministry
supported by
Parker Memorial and
Rayne Memorial United Methodist Churches of New Orleans
 
Founding Spiritual Director:                 Rev. William Thiele, Ph.D.
william.thiele56@gmail.com                504-899-3431

 


"You are invited in the precarious balancing of the precious gift of your hours to pass a little time in the company of fellow seekers as we long for the very Presence of the living God and Source our live in that country to serve this world with joy!"
Blessings on your journey,
William Thiele