New Programs for January 2021!

Check out the online programs for January!  Click here and find the one(s) that catches your attention and sign up!  We look forward to “seeing” you soon!


Giving is a Spiritual Gift

The December Giving is a Spiritual Gift campaign is still going on!  Did you know that even you don’t itemize on your tax return, you can still take a charitable deduction?  One of the benefits in the CARES act passed last March allows tax payers who don’t itemize to take up to $300 in tax credit for charitable contributions!  If you haven’t given your $300 for this year, may we suggest you consider St. Mary’s Sewanee as one of your donations?  Click here to donate and help continue the mission and ministry of St. Mary’s Sewanee!  And thanks!

Interview with Rev. Tom Ward, Centering Prayer Practitioner

A new, ongoing feature of St. Mary’s Sewanee are interviews with religious and spiritual mystics and teachers in a variety of specialties.  The first interview is with with Rev. Tom Ward of Sewanee, TN.  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 over 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 which 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 the 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

One River Wisdom Meditation & Contemplative Practice

Join Gordon Peerman at 5:30 pm 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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