I saw
Paradise in the dust of the street.

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Denise Levertov,
“City Psalm” Exc.


Kris Rocke

Each year we choose a theme to sit in. Last year we explored the theme “Community in Mission.” It was born out of a conversation with Tim Merrill and Ruben Ortiz in a pizzeria in Philadelphia. It led to the re-opening of the order. The year before that we explored, “Impossibility to Responsibility.” It made our commitment to gender real and concrete. This year our theme is Contemplative Action.


Current Issue

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In this issue we introduce the saltier side of Contemplative Action.

We look at what it means to be contemplative activists from below – from within the lived experience of our humanity, not the lofty heights of our ideals. We hope this helps create a way forward for those who serve vulnerable urban communities – who see the city as their cloister. We hear the “popping sound” that Alcoholics Anonymous so colorfully describes. We learn how to make music with others through what Howard Thurman calls the “sound of the genuine.” And we’ll breathe deeply second-hand marijuana smoke with inmates in Guatemala and discover our oneness in Christ.


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