The School for Contemplative Living
Monday, November 23, 2020
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!

Our classes, groups, workshops, and retreats are now all online!

Weekly practice groups:

Mondays 12, Tuesdays 12:30 pm, Wednesdays 11:30 am, Thursdays 10:30 am, Saturdays 9:30 am.

To attend an SCL meeting, email for the link to that class/group

Use the link to "Our Groups" above for details.


If you are able to donate to the School, we need your support:

Make checks to: Rayne UMC, adding "SCL" on the lower memo line 

Mail to: SCL, 3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115
Online donations link:
Then use drop-down for the School for Contemplative Living
Text Pay To: 73256, Text says: "giverayne"
Use drop-down for offering to the School for Contemplative Living
"Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics." Charles Peguy


Online book study:

Jesus' Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount
 by Richard Rohr
Wednesdays, 11:30-1 pm, with centering prayer at 11:30 am (began 11/4/20)
Email William Thiele for Zoom link at


Mindful Children Alive: Mindfulness and spiritual practices for kids
with Steven Cohen
40-minute classes once a week for 10 weeks
Cost: $250 (partial scholarships available)
Day/Time TBA (contact us to suggest best times for your kids at
For more information: Link here
The goal of the program is to nurture a child's heart, mind, body & spirit.  Beginning with self awareness, the child then looks outside her/himself to view the world's wonders & experience the awe and joys of life surrounding themselves.  
The Educator Essentials Curriculum developed by Mindful Schools as well as MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) & MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) will be taught.  Mindfulness Meditation practice & Body Scans will be part of the lessons.  Mindful Self-Compassion, Loving kindness, & ways to develop one's self esteem are an integral part of the course.  During each class, students will participate in interactive discussions.  Students will listen to poetry, keep a gratitude journal, listen to music & draw.  The exercise component is TaiKiRo (developed by Steven MF Cohen) which are motions based on the principles & movements of Tai Chi & Aikido.  In general, the child should complete this course with an enhanced experience of the sacredness in everyday life.
Creation-Centered Advent Retreat
from the work of Thomas Berry
through the Loyola Institute for Ministry
Saturday, December 5, 10 am-12 noon Central Time
Information and registration here: A Thomas Berry Retreat in Advent, on Zoom
Join the Compassion Revolution!
__________Monks in the World video__________
  ________________Podcast Series: 11 Episodes________________
"A Contemplative Path"
with William Thiele, PhD
Link to Our Groups (above) for all our weekly classes/monthly workshops



Creating contemplative communities who practice the presence of God

for personal transformation and compassionate service with the world.



To learn more from our stories of contemplative living read this book:
Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic Culture,
published by Wipf & Stock, and available on, (William Thiele, author)
You can also follow a blog by William Thiele:
"A Contemplative Path" at
Listening in Stillness
Cultivating a contemplative presence for God involves daily practice of spiritual disciplines in solitude.
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 compassionate service with the world. This for us is the outward journey