The School for Contemplative Living
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!

Our School changed how we meet to prevent spreading the virus!

We shifted to online contemplative gatherings.

You are welcome to attend any scheduled class or group through a Zoom link:

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

Step 1: Download the Zoom App to your iPhone and/or computer.

Step 2: Note your assigned Personal Meeting ID (PMI), a sequence of numbers.

Step 3: To attend an SCL meeting, email for the link

Step 4: Click on the link just before the time we begin.

Step 5: Click the microphone icon in the lower left corner to mute yourself.

Step 6: After group contemplative practice, unmute yourself when ready to speak.

Questions to

Stay tuned here for updates.


 Video Series for comfort during the Pandemic:

 "In times like these"

 Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3: .

Episode 4

Episode 5


New online book study:

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

Wednesdays, 12-1 pm, with centering prayer at 11:30 am

Email William Thiele for Zoom link at


Compassion School opens in 2020!

Mission: Growing compassion skills for ourselves and others.
"For those who seek to radiate compassion as our highest priority."
Winter Compassion Retreat at the Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville was 1/11/20.
Compassion Cultivation Training classes continue for 8-weeks.
"Cultivating A Fearless Heart: A Convening of Compassion"
is being rescheduled: Date TBD
Vanderbilt Divinity School
Sponsor: Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership
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