Praxis: Practicing contemplation in community

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Contemplation isn’t so much about a way of praying as it is a way of being. We believe that a spiritual practice might help our everyday, ordinary lives in being the kind of people we hope to be - connected to ourselves, one another and the Divine.

As Franciscan teacher Richard Rohr says:

“You cannot know God the way you know anything else; you only know God or the soul of anything subject to subject, center to center, by a process of “mirroring” where like knows like and love knows love—“deep calling unto deep” (Psalm 42:7). The Divine Spirit planted deep inside each of us yearns for and responds to God—and vice versa (see James 4:5). The contemplative is deeply attuned and surrendered to this process.

We are not so much human beings trying to become spiritual. We’re already inherently spiritual beings and our job is learning how to be good humans! I believe that’s why Jesus came as a human being: not to teach us how to go to heaven, but to teach us how to be a fully alive human being here on this earth.”

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be practicing contemplation, together once a month in our upper room chapel. Join Ali Moore and Pastor Adam Phillips as we present a monthly teaching and practice. If you can’t join us in person, we’ll broadcast the gathering on Facebook Live. Be sure to join our online Praxis community for all of the live broadcasts as well as other resources throughout the month.

We’ll meet the third Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm (except for our introductory gathering this January). Here’s our first batch of dates :

  • January 22

  • February 19

  • March 19

  • April 16

  • May 21

  • June 18

If you’d like to dive in and do a little homework before our first gathering, check out this video introduction by Cynthia Bourgeault: