The School for Contemplative Living
Monday, December 09, 2013
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!
A MINISTRY OF PARKER AND RAYNE MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES
Creating Contemplative Learning Communities by practicing 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,
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.
(To date this pledge is signed by 17 of our participants)
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, visit this link for a YouTube by William Thiele:
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
PARKER MEMORIAL and RAYNE MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES OF NEW ORLEANS.
Spiritual Director: Rev. William Thiele, Ph.D.
"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 lives in that country
to serve this world with joy!"
Blessings on your journey,