The School for Contemplative Living
Thursday, October 22, 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.


Needing some Hope? Register today!

"Cosmic Hope in a Time of Crisis" is Saturday, November 14, 10 am - 3 pm

Registration link:


Contemplative Justice Group (online) - new study begins 10/19/20, 12-1:30 pm, CDT

Love is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry, (order your copy today)

Zoom link provided by emailing


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


Compassion Cultivation Training

with Caroline Campion, MD, and William Thiele, PhD 

An 8-week course designed at Stanford University

Class times:

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, began 9/30/20

Online class (with Zoom link provided at registration)


            CCT helps you expand your skill in experiencing and expressing compassion for yourself and others. Each two-hour class builds on the next one, with the following components:

*settling the mind, and intention setting          *embracing our common humanity

*compassion for a loved one                            *compassion for strangers and difficult ones

*compassion for oneself                                  *active compassion

*loving-kindness for oneself                            *integration of compassion in daily life


For information/registration contact:

Full syllabus available upon request.


Suggested cost: $350 (partial scholarships available)


Online book study:

The Wisdom Pattern: Order Disorder Reorder
 by Richard Rohr
Wednesdays, 11:30-1 pm, with centering prayer at 11:30 am (began 8/19/20)
Email William Thiele for Zoom link at


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