The School for Contemplative Living
Friday, April 28, 2017
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!

Contemplative Living for the 21st Century

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 435 Nighthawk Drive, Slidell
Father Ephrem Arcement, OSB
Suggested donation: $30
make checks to Rayne UMC, with "SCL workshop" on the memo line,
and mailed to Rayne UMC, 3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115, Attn: Wm. Thiele
See details on our Calendar link.
2017 Next Workshops and Retreats
May 20             Four Trajectories in Contemplative Practice with Fr. Ephrem Arcement
June 24            Reading is Believing: Bringing Lectio Divina into Daily Life  with Jenny Heil
August 4-9      Centering Prayer 5-Day Retreat with Susan Rush at Rosaryville
September 9   The Cosmic Walk Ritual: Evolutionary Consciousness - Alison McCrary
December 1-2 The Divine Dance with the Trinity with Fr. Richard Rohr! Cost: $75  Seating is limited. Cost will be $100 after June 30.

8-Week Course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

For meditation training with William Thiele, PhD

contact me at 504-899-3431.


Become a member/supporter of the School today!


To support our mission, become a member/supporter for $40 or more.

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

3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115

(Members are invited to deduct $5 from any workshop fee.)


Our Mission

Creating contemplative communities who practice the presence of God for personal transformation and radical engagement with the world.

Our video introducing our calling, "Monks in the World," can be linked here:

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), and also this blog:
"A Contemplative Path" at
An introductory PBS video with Martin Laird, author of Into the Silent Land, is here:
Listening in Stillness
Cultivating a contemplative presence for God involves daily practice of spiritual disciplines in solitude.
To learn more about our central practice of centering prayer,link to the following:

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 radical engagement with the world. This for us is the outward journey.

To connect with a class, practice group, or workshop - link to Our Groups.