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Contemplative Practices: Leader Renewal

resources to support contemplative beginners and adepts, including individuals, families, small groups and congregational practices

Retreats & Seminars

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Wood & Water offer online retreats throughout the year on topics addressing current events and issues.


3000 Miles to Jesus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life for Spiritual Seekers     Been in the Struggle          Bread for the Day: Daily Bible Readings and Prayers, Year B 2021          Dear Anxiety, Let's Break Up: 40 Devotions to Conquer Worry and Fear     The Upper Room Disciplines 2022     Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee     Eternal Heart: The Mystical Path to a Joyful Life     Every Thing is Sacred     Feed the Wolf: Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis     How Not to Be Afraid: Seven Ways to Live When Everything Seems Terrifying     I Want to Live These Days with You     Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder's Meditations on Hope and Courage     Listening to the Heart of Genesis          The Peacemaker's Path: Multifaith Reflections to Deepen Your Spirituality     Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World     The Universal Christ (Paperback)     Companion Guide for Individuals ~ The Universal Christ          You Should Leave Now: Going on Retreat to Find Your Way Back to Yourself

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Auckland Diocese Anglican priest Jemma Allen offers a few words on developing self-compassion, and with it Kindness.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble encourages leaders to develop a practice of prayer.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church's Thin Places, is a quarterly ecumenical newsletter of writings and individual, small group and congregational prayer opportunities.

Poetry Unbound, with Padraig O'Tuama, returns for a second season with six new poems and reflections. Subscribe to Poetry Unbound on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsOvercast, or wherever you listen.


Dr. Kristin Neff offers free Tips for PracticesGuided Meditations, and Self-Compassion Exercises

Regular & Online Groups

Are you a church professional, who needs a place to decompress using gentle movement?

This series is for you!

Taught by a former pastor with yoga and mindfulness training and a heart for helping church workers to find rest and peace for the days ahead.

See The Ministry Lab's Community Opportunities page for upcoming events.

Abbey of the Arts' Lift Every Voice book club will explore I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Watch the video conversation, join the Facebook group, and/or participate in the mid-month Zoom conversation. Begins Friday, August 20th, 2021.