The School for Contemplative Living
Monday, January 21, 2019
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!

Our Mission

Creating contemplative communities
who practice the presence of God
for personal transformation
and compassionate service with the world.
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Checks to Rayne UMC, with "SCL" on the lower memo line
3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115

________________Quiet Day at Advent House________________ 
Friday, 1/18/19 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
1637 Seventh Street at Carondelet
Beginning and ending with group Centering Prayer
________________New Class________________
"Dream Work: A Soulful Exploration of Self"
a six-week workshop
Led by Haden Institute graduate, Emma Connolly.
Text: Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth by Robert Johnson
Location: Epiphany House (adjacent to Rayne UMC at 3924 St. Charles Avenue)
Begins: Friday, January 25th from 10:30 till noon.
RSVP to Robert Connolly ( to reserve your space or for more information.

________"Learning to Read as Prayer without Ceasing"_______

A Lectio Divina Day Retreat

with Jenny Heil, PhD

Saturday, February 9, 9 am-12

at Rayne's Epiphany House, 3924 St. Charles Ave.

Lectio Divina, the prayerful reading of Scripture, has a long-standing tradition in the Church, but we need not think of reflective reading as limited to the Bible alone. Drawing on the wisdom of great writers, this workshop will outline both how they teach us to read better--whatever book we pick up--and how this deeper reading leads us to more loving and contemplative living.



_______Compassion Cultivation Training_______
with William Thiele, PhD, certified CCT teacher
Suggested donation: $350 (partial scholarships available)
Classes start: March 13, 5:30-7:30 pm, or 3/14/19, 12-2 pm, for 8 weeks
At Rayne's Epiphany House: 3924 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans


__________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


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), Listen to a brief youtube description here.
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