The School for Contemplative Living
Friday, October 18, 2019
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!

Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life

10th Annual Contemplative Conference
with Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes and Phileena Heuertz
November 8-9, 2019*
First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St. New Orleans
Cost: $75
Checks to Rayne UMC, with "SCL Conference" on the lower memo line 
Mail to: SCL, 3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115
Friday 11/8/19, 6:30-8:30 pm (Gospel choir 6:30-7 pm)
Saturday, 11/9/19, 9 am-12 noon 
Program Details: link to Calendar
Three Centered-Awareness Retreat: FULL
with Anna Maria Signorelli, LCSW
Saturday, October 12, 9 am - 3 pm
Rayne's Epiphany House, 3924 St. Charles Ave.
Suggested cost: $50-75
Space Limited Registration:
Compassion Cultivation Training
8-weeks of 2-hour classes created at Stanford University
with William Thiele, PhD
New Classes begin January 2020
For Information:
__________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