The School for Contemplative Living
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!

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

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 for that class/group

Questions to: (Link to Our Groups above for details)


Centering Prayer Online Retreat: A 3-Day Intensive

August 20 - 23, 2020 (Thursday evening to Sunday morning)


Presenter: Bob Mischke, Contemplative Outreach Denver

This retreat will be an opportunity to complement our basic  Centering Prayer practice with a deeper experiential understanding  of the Active Prayer Phrase, the Welcoming Prayer,  Guard of the Heart, and Presence Practice.

Suggested cost  $45.00  (Partial scholarships are available)
Register here
. (Registration is full, now accepting a waiting list).

See Centering Prayer Retreat 2020 link above for full details.


Online book study:
The Inner Work of Racial Justice:
Helping Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities through Mindfulness
 by Rhonda V. Magee
Mondays, 12-1:30 pm, with centering prayer at 12
Email William Thiele for Zoom link at


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


2 New Video Series created during the Pandemic:

 "In times like these"

 Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3: .

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6


"Resilience Now: What practices are saving your life?"

Episode 1: Beauty Bathing 

Episode 2: Reading for Inspiration 

Episode 3: Yard work 

Episode 4: Exercise 

Episode 5: Giving Back 

Episode 6: Seeking Visual Inspiration 

Episode 7: 4 more practices 

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.


Support us:

Checks to Rayne UMC, with "SCL" on the lower memo line 

Mail to: SCL, 3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115
Online donations link:

Then use drop-down designation for the School for Contemplative Living


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
8th Annual Contemplative Conference: December 1-2, 2017
The Divine Dance with the Trinity
Thanks to the donated video work of Don Downey.
You can learn more about his work 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