CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES

FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Richard Rohr continues to invite us into solidarity with people on the margins with The Fifth Conversion.

Richard Rohr offers a tragically prescient Second Conversion post (posted Sunday/Monday at midnight) reminding us all to listen to ‘whomever is saying, “I can’t breathe”‘.

Richard Rohr’s Invitation to Solidarity gives us some powerful perspective and Rev. Michael Piazza wonders how we can participate in Jesus’ prayer that “they all might be one“.

Rev. Michael Piazza’s Liberating Word was a Memorial Day call to truth-telling.

Rev. Cameron Trimble shares poet David Whyte’s, Just Beyond Yourself in Piloting Faith. And Richard Rohr invites us into the Possibility of Restraint.

Richard Rohr remains us that everything is the child of God with God Is Being Itself, a reflection on John Duns Scotus.

Rev. Bradley J. Skogen , First Lutheran, Battle Lake, MN and Minister for Community and Leader Engagement for the NWMN Synod, ELCA, reminds us of The Anawim in This Time of Covid-19 .

Rev. Cameron Trimble encourages us to “cast our nets on the other side” as we move into a “new normal”.


UMC Twin Cities District Superintendent Rev. Dan Johnson offered these insightful words in the MNUMC Covid-19 Update: Our Lives in the Willows.

Jessica Kantrowitz (author of The Long Night) shared the blessing of An Unobstructed Stream and UTS student Monique Wentzel shared this excellent blog, Restraint in the Anthropocene in UTS’s The Canvas, 05.13.20.


Margaret Benefiel of Shalem Institute shares insights on Grieving and Rejoicing that will resonate with many of us. This will be good reading in preparation for next Tuesday’s Psychology of Grief Co-Lab Webinar!


Cameron Trimble suggests humility might be a more blessed way forward than the standard let’s-make-a-deal handshake of old.


Rev. Lawrence Richardson (Linden Hills UCC) shares this Monday Motivation on overwhelm and anxiety; Richard Rohr offers some reflections on Julian of Norwich; and Michael Piazza offers a gift for Mother’s Day. But why only share this image one day a year?

Here is God to mother you: This is to Mother You.

Shalem Institute’s Mary van Balen offers words of comfort and contemplative awareness in A Mindful Loaf.


CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES TO SHARE WITH YOUR CONGREGATION:

Online Taizé Evening Prayer

For the last sixteen years, Minnehaha United Methodist Church in south Minneapolis has offered its Second Friday, October to May, service of sung prayers, Scripture, and Silence. With those gatherings no longer possible, so that people can still worship safely from afar, they have created an online Taizé Prayer service.
Here’s the link to the April video:

A podcast version is also available.

They are hoping to release additional Taizé services as they become available. For the latest, check:

The Meditation Chapel is a free “online multi-faith community of contemplatives” with 150 groups meeting every week. With “groups meeting throughout the day and night, you will be able to find a welcoming online meditation group that is convenient regardless of your faith tradition, schedule, or time zone”.


Pilgrim Press shares their free pdf downloadable, A Way in the Wilderness: 14 Days of Spiritual Sustenance for Life in a Pandemic.

Diane Stephens Hogue from Presbyterian Today reminds us that Breath Prayer Eases Anxiousness: Ancient Practice Synchronizes Breathing with Sacred Words. It’s an excellent introduction to the ancient practice of Breath Prayer/Praying with Scripture and is easy to share with any age groups at home.

Sharon Seyfarth Garner shares her poem You Are Still Beloved, you can read along here. Upper Room also offers a free downloadable contemplative coloring (aka, mandala) to help Calm the Mind.

Sanctified Art shares visio divina contemplative readings/films on the gospel readings of Holy Week, along with online liturgies for Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday.

Share Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation email/blog and discuss.

Kitty O’Meara’s Daily Round post is proving to be deeply insightful and will foster wonderful spiritual conversations.

Faith Inkubators offers a pdf-format Pandemic Hope: A Family Devotional for Life During COVID-19.

These Days is coupled with free downloadable devotions for April from PCUSA Store.

MennoMedia offers a free downloadable version of A Time Such as This: Reflections on Covid-19, a collection of 56 devotionals.


TIPS, TUTORIALS AND SUPPORTS FOR LEADER’S SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING

The Ministry Lab offers a weekly Midweek Retreat free for all members. Contact Emily Meyer (ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu) to register and receive the zoom invite.

The Shalem Institute is offering a number of free online resources and courses to support mental and spiritual well-being for congregational leader; including a free online retreat day and Three Essentials for Leadership in the Time of Coronavirus, which seem particularly helpful.

Check out Faith+Lead’s Faithful Adaptations Webinar #3 on Spiritual Care.

MennoMedia offers calm and quiet amidst the storm in a free excerpt from Reconnect: Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction (forthcoming, Herald Press) in which author Ed Cyzewski offers insight into the “reactive mind” and how that mindset can interfere with prayer.

The Upper Room and the Academy for Spiritual Formation invite you to a free online learning opportunity with Dan Wolpert, author of Creating a Life with God. Explore how classical prayer practices can help you create a new life with God. Register here.

LeaderWise invites leaders to a weekly time for connection, reflection and resilience. Join the Thursday, 12:00/noon CST zoom here.