May 2022 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Mystics,

Greetings of love and peace from Two Thomases’ Hermitage, day 777. May the good news of the Resurrection fill you with joy.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • Several inspiring events are coming up - see below;
  • Join or revisit our We Gather Together We Are One Big Sit, recorded on April 30th, on Contemplative Outreach Atlanta’s YouTube channel here.

  • This month’s reflection “To Live Without Care”;

  • Hear the Ukrainian chorus Dumka of New York singing “Be Still and Know I Am God” here. 


Love draws us closer,


We Gather Together We Are One - Big Sit
Saturday, April 30th, 2022  10:00AM-12:00PM ET

Join us for an inspiring morning of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Taize' chant and Reflections of our Unity with God.
Click to Watch on YouTube

COA’s In-Person Panel of Contemplative Leaders

July 16th

Save the date - details coming soon.
Notes of Rest - A Musical Textual Retreat
Saturday, May 14th, 2022  11:00AM - 2:30PM ET

Julian Davis Reid is an artist-theologian who uses words and music to invite us into the restful life we were created to experience. This workshop includes prayer, sacred texts, music and reflection. Following a lunch break, Julian will offer an optional 45-minute lecture on music and Black contemplative life and their unique contributions to Christian mysticism.
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We Gather Together - Releasing An Enslaved Spirit Big Sit
June 22nd 10:00 - 12:00 ET

Join us for an inspiring morning of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Taize' chant inspired by Howard Thurman, Michael Battle and Desmond Tutu.
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“Thomas Merton: Guide Through the Dark Night of Earth”

May 7th 12:00 - 3:00PM ET

Lead by Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD, this program will explore Merton's wisdom for the Dark Night of the Earth.
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Reflection: To Live Without Care

By Maggie Winfrey

Thomas Merton has been my cooking companion while I chop, sauté, and stir. His recorded talks to the novices at Gethesemani Monastery give me irreplaceable guidance. My favorite is his last instruction before he enters his hermitage: he tells us that we are to live without care like a hermit does.[1] 

What does he mean?

Read Maggie's reflection in our Journal
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Other Events:

May 21st 11AM - 2PM ET Contemplative Outreach Colorado presents Julie Saad By Their Fruits You Shall Know Them. Registration coming soon on their website.

September 10th 9:15AM - 2:15PM ET Contemplative Outreach Atlanta presents Body Presence and Contemplative Awareness Workshop. Mike Smoolca will lead us in helping to discover a deeper level of healing and wisdom through our bodies. Registration coming soon here.

October 22nd 9:30AM - 3:00PM Cathedral of St. Philip presents their 13th Annual Spirituality Conference with Michael Battle. Registration here.

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