• Exploring Exercising Contemplative Power … Transforming Consciousness

    Monday February 19, 2018 – Tuesday February 20, 2018

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    • ┬áDo you find yourself changing as you deepen your contemplative practice?
    • Are you trying to live out of a consciousness that is more cosmic, global, ecological and communal even in the midst of prevailing worldviews that hold very different values?
    • Do you wonder what kind of a transformative change agent you want to be as you live out of a contemplative way of being?

    If so, come and join others who through their contemplative practice know they are changing and need to act differently in their lives. Share and learn from each other how to contribute to the breakthrough in consciousness so needed today. Become part of a growing community of contemplative activists.

    This is a two-day participative process for experienced practitioners of contemplation who find themselves pondering how to live out of an expanded consciousness in the midst of prevailing world views that hold very different values.

    It seems as if everything we thought we knew about how the world works is being turned upside down. It is a time of great uncertainty. What hope does a spirituality rooted in the Gospel offer us?

    This weekend program will explore the power of contemplation as a transformative practice so necessary in our world today. It will consist of presentations and processes rooted in individual and communal contemplation.


    Margaret Galiardi, OP, a Dominican Sister of Amityville, N.Y., joined the staff of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in 2011 to assist with the Transformation in a Time of Uncertainty (TITU) program. Margaret has lectured nationally on ecological theology and spirituality. Margaret has served as Director of Ministry for her community and as the North American Co-Promoter of Justice for the world-wide Dominican Order. She has published two books: “Encountering Mystery in the Wilderness: One Woman’s Vision Quest” and “Where the Pure Water Flows: the Universe Story and Christian Faith.”

    Nancy Sylvester, IHM, founded the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in 2002 in response to her experiences working for justice and right relationships in church and in society. Nancy has served as President of LCWR. She has served in leadership for her community the Sisters, Servants of Immaculate Heart of Mary, and worked for NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby from 1977-1992. Nancy is one of the persons featured in the documentary, “Band of Sisters.” She wrote for and co-edited “Crucible for Change: Engaging Impasse through Communal Contemplation and Dialogue” and currently writes for the Global Sisters Report.

    The event begins Monday, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24. Registration is $150. Room and meals are $60. Registrants are welcome to stay Sunday and/or Tuesday night. Additional night(s): $40/night, includes breakfast.


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