Upcoming 2021–2022 Programs

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Interview with Bishop Henry Parsley

The second in our ongoing series of interviews with religious and spiritual mystics and teachers, this is part one of an interview with Bishop Henry Parsley, retired bishop of the Diocese of Alabama. Bishop Parsley is on the Board of Trustees for St. Mary’s Sewanee and has led several very popular workshops on Literature and Spirituality for us. In this interview Bishop Parsley reveals his intense relationship with God and how that manifests in his daily life. Be sure to see the rest of the interview in Part 2.

Interview with Rev. Tom Ward, Centering Prayer Practitioner

A new, ongoing feature of St. Mary’s Sewanee is to offer interviews with religious and spiritual mystics and teachers in a variety of specialties. The first interview is with with Rev. Tom Ward of Sewanee, Tennessee. Following his academic and seminary training at Sewanee-The University of the South, Oxford University, and Virginia Theological Seminary, Fr. Tom has been an Episcopal priest for more than forty years. From 1994 through 2005, he was University Chaplain at Sewanee. Fr. Tom’s ministry focuses on the contemplative dimension of the gospel, teaching centering prayer, and leading retreats. He has a special interest in fostering this practice in local congregations. For the past twenty years Tom has worked closely with Fr. Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach Ltd., a network that seeks to foster contemplation.

We hope you enjoy this conversation with Tom.

Ongoing Opportunities for Prayer and Meditation

St. Mary’s Sewanee Centering Prayer Support Groups

St. Mary’s Sewanee hosts two Zoom-based Centering Prayer support groups. We invite all to participate with us and share silence in a new way. The Tuesday group gathers at 3:30 pm (Central Time) each week. The Wednesday group meets at 4 pm (Central Time) each week. This is an opportunity for new and experienced practitioners to share time together, both in quiet conversation and in silence. For log-in information and other details, please email admin@stmaryssewanee.org.

One River Wisdom Meditation & Contemplative Practice

Join Gordon Peerman at 5:30 pm (Central Time) on Wednesdays for a time of meditation and teaching. Everyone is welcome: Buddhist Theravada, Zen, and Vajrayana; Christian, Jewish, other spiritual practices, or none. Peerman’s talks are also available on-demand audio files here. To participate in the Wednesday meeting, please contact Peerman through this form to get the log-in information.

Other Online Options for Contemplative Practices

Contemplative Outreach has created an online Meditation Chapel where you can join with others in centering prayer at different times of each day. There are more than 35 groups available through this Chapel. To learn more, go to Contemplative Outreach’s Meditation Chapel and follow the directions to register for a group.

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