The School for Contemplative Living
Friday, August 01, 2014
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!
 Next Workshop:
Welcoming Prayer Introduction
with Mary Dwyer
Thursday, July 24
6-7:30 pm
Parker Memorial United Methodist Church
1130 Nashville Ave.
 Suggested donation: $20
Come experience a co-creator of the Welcoming Prayer as she guides us into an understanding and use of a prayer practice to help facilitate acceptance.
 Current Classes: Forgive & Forget
by Dr. Lewis Smedes (order your own copy)
Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.
   Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville Ave.
The Meditation Challenge for Men
Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.
Rayne UMC, 3900 St. Charles Ave.
Sacred Yoga for Beginners
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. (free) at Parker UMC
Summer Class: A Hidden Wholeness
by Parker Palmer (order your own book)
Thursdays  10:30 a.m.
 Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville Ave.

Link to YouTube below for William Thiele discussing the book of
spiritual memoir about forming our School for Contemplative Living:
Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic Culture
 You can purchase copies at Parker UMC or through local book distributors.

Our Mission
Creating Contemplative Communities who practice the presence of God
for personal transformation
and radical engagement with the world.
 Donations in support of our mission may be made through the link for Donations.

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. 

 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,


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