Sewanee Contemplative Exchange: Contemplative Practices Leading to Compassionate Action
Sewanee, TN 37375
Contemplative Practices Leading to Compassionate Action
We live in a world saturated by dualisms, categories in which we place people and things in order to grant them worth and priority. We separate ourselves from each other-and God from ourselves-resulting in persistent tension and frustration, pain and grief. For too long we have separated-even if in our minds-the spheres of contemplation and action, of silence and embodiment, of prayer and reconciliation. When these two vital aspects of our lives are pulled apart, our contemplation easily becomes an insular escape and our compassionate action becomes reactive and driven by anger.
This retreat invites us to integrate ourselves, to seek wholeness in our spiritual practice. In Christ, we see a reconciliation of all aspects of our being. In his person-hood, we see the potential for an authentic religious practice in which silence nurtures justice. We encounter a space where contemplation and compassionate action are no longer competing with each other; rather, they exist in a circular relationship in which silence grounds action and justice leads us to further prayer. We find hope and wholeness in our union with God and with one another.