Engaging Christian Contemplative Practices

We Begin at the Beginning

Building off Descartes’ famous affirmation, “I think, therefore I am,” the Christian faith and our society more generally has for centuries had a dysfunctional relationship to thinking. Our focus has too often been on having knowledge and teaching “the” answers.

But Descartes had it backwards. We are, therefore we think!  Our origin point as humans is in being not thinking.

Thus, a contemplative approach begins from a place of not knowing. To dive into contemplation is to engage in practices that stimulate the whole of who we are – feelings and intellect, soul and energy.

Course Description

Over the course of six, 90-minute sessions, we will engage our full selves as we examine the theological and philosophical roots of contemplative practice. While many people associate contemplation only with stillness and silence, as we explore the “Tree of Contemplative Practices” together, we will discover the deep richness of the contemplative tradition.

In addition to in-depth instruction on the foundations of contemplation, you will also be provided with ample opportunity for practice. Each session will dedicate significant time for you to incorporate your learnings and insights into your individual practice.

Course Dates

This course last took place in early 2023.  Check here for updates about next offerings. 🙂

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