Giving is a Spiritual Gift

Participate in #GivingTuesday on December 1st by supporting St. Mary’s Sewanee and the spiritual gifts it offers to all who come to this beautiful bluff!  The Board of Trustees has challenged supporters of St. Mary’s Sewanee to raise a total of $10,000 on Giving Tuesday.  The Board has committed to $5,000 of that total – that leaves only $5,000 to raise to meet the goal.  Click here to donate and help continue the mission and ministry of St. Mary’s Sewanee!

December Spiritual Lunch Breaks

You are invited to join St. Mary’s Sewanee Thursdays at noon (12PM CST) for a “spiritual lunch break”. Bring your lunch, log in via Zoom, and enjoy a brief talk about spirituality and everyday life. Our lunch break speakers are ordinary folks, just like you, who apply spiritual principles and practices in their lives. They will share their personal stories and practical application of a spiritual way of life.

December 3, 2020 – Belinda Greenaway: The Spirituality of the Zentangle
December 10, 2020 – Bria Slaughter: Seasons in Spirituality
December 17, 2020 – Nicole Bear-Foot Dossett: My Spiritual Walk

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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