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A podcast about anything and everything concerning silence.

A podcast about anything and everything concerning silence.
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A podcast about anything and everything concerning silence.

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Episodes

Jessica Mesman Griffith: The Silence of Missing Voices (Episode 23)

5/24/2018
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What is the relationship between silence, creativity, fear, doubt, death, and missing voices — especially in terms of art and literature? To explore this provocative question, we turned to our mutual friend — and one of the most gifted and articulate writers of our time — Jessica Mesman Griffith. Jessica Mesman Griffith is an award-winning essayist and memoirist who honestly and fearlessly explores the intersections between religion (especially Catholicism), art and creativity, mental...

Duration:00:57:59

Kurt Johnson: Silence, the Body, and Movement

5/16/2018
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How is Silence related to the human body? To movement, exercise, and performance? To physical, as well as mental and spiritual, wellness? Today we begin what we hope will be an ongoing conversation in the Encountering Silence world, exploring these and similar questions. We open this exploration thanks to Kurt Johnson joining in the conversation today. Kurt Johnson is a personal trainer and massage therapist who works with individuals, small groups and corporations, to help people manage...

Duration:00:57:59

Encountering Silence in Our Busy Lives (Episode 21)

5/9/2018
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If you could take a snapshot of your relationship with silence today, what would it look like? Perhaps you will have just come back from visiting a city where tragedy has brought about a new quality of silence. Perhaps you are just clinging to a daily sitting practice in the midst of a very busy life. Or silence is your companion in a time of personal or professional transformation. In this episode, we muse on what our relationship with silence looks like nowadays. Reflecting on our busy...

Duration:00:29:59

Jim Forest: Silence and Peacemaking (Episode 20)

5/1/2018
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As a peace activist, biographer, and lover of silence, author Jim Forest's deep humility and sincere way of being reveal to us much about listening, truly seeing, and deeply caring for our fellow human beings. "The day starts in silence... and silence normally — not always, but normally — opens the door to prayer, so prayer and silence are very connected; sometimes the prayer is silence." — Jim Forest Describing himself as "an undergraduate student at Dorothy Day university" — and noting...

Duration:00:55:29

Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM: Silence, Action, and Contemplation (Episode 19)

4/25/2018
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Richard Rohr is one of the most popular and beloved of living authors writing about contemplation — particularly, in his case, writing about the relationship between contemplation and action. As the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque NM, and the dean of the online Living School, this Franciscan priest has become a leading spokesperson for the recovery of contemplative spirituality in our time. "I believe the primary orthopraxy — praxis — is silence. Primary:...

Duration:00:51:59

Silence and Poetry (Episode 18)

4/18/2018
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We love poetry — and we find that, of all literary forms, poetry seems to most quickly and assuredly bring the attentive reader to the threshold of silence. "Poets all see silence as sacred ground," notes Kevin, "because it's from the silence the poems come." Together we muse on how poetry puts us in touch with our bodies, our intuition, and how the relationship between poetry and silence is, perhaps, just the same as the relationship between silence and sound that forms the foundation of...

Duration:00:38:14

Notes on Silence (Episode 17)

4/11/2018
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This week we have our first "return" guest, as Patrick Shen joins us again to discuss the new book he co-wrote and co-edited with Cassidy Hall, Notes on Silence. Describing the book as an "entry point" into silence, Patrick and Cassidy share with Kevin and Carl how the book functions as a companion to their documentary film In Pursuit of Silence — and how it is simply a work of art in its own right. Silence is always over-stated — and under-said. — Cassidy Hall Notes on Silence features a...

Duration:00:37:59

Silence and Mysticism (Episode 16)

4/4/2018
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What role does silence play in mysticism? That’s the question that launches our conversation this week. Episode 16 is inspired by the recent release of The Little Book of Christian Mysticism, by Carl McColman. But rather than just focus on the new book, we decided to broaden the conversation in this week’s episode to a more general reflection on how silence and mysticism belong together — and influence each other. We launch our conversation by looking at the problems connected with merely...

Duration:00:58:19

Br. Elias Marechal, OCSO: The Silence of a Trappist (Episode 15)

3/28/2018
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Meet Brother Elias Marechal — Trappist monk, author, contemplative, storyteller, and a man of deep, resplendent silence. Silence is always there — from the time we're born it's there, because it's in the image of God. — Br. Elias Marechal, OCSO This episode — a conversation with Brother Elias — is our second Encountering Silence "Field Recording" in which one member of our team (in this case, Carl McColman) records a face-to-face interview with a person whose life is deeply engaged with...

Duration:00:50:34

Silence and Rhythm (Episode 14)

3/21/2018
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What is the relationship between silence and rhythm? Silence as the offbeat: there is no rhythm without the silence. — Cassidy Hall What are the ways that silence can create rhythm? How can silence enhance the notes of our day; how does silence strain out the noise in our life and directs the way we approach the everyday rhythms of our lives? I always feel that poetry is like wild language, that it's language that actually hears the birds, and the wind, and the rippling of the pond, and...

Duration:00:40:29

Fr. James Martin, SJ: Silence as the Bridge to Christ, the Self and the “Other” (Episode 13)

3/7/2018
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Fr. James Martin, SJ is the author of numerous books as well as an editor at America magazine. A Jesuit priest, Fr. James has emerged as one of the leading voices for Ignatian spirituality — and Catholicism in general — for our time. He has also become a lightning rod for some segments of the Catholic world — his gentle call for greater dialogue between the Catholic Church and LGBT Catholics has led to social media attacks along with calls for boycotts and cancellations of Fr. Martin's...

Duration:01:04:14

Silence as Refuge (Episode 12)

2/28/2018
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When we embrace silence as an alternative to conflict, are we just choosing to escape? Or can silence be a refuge, a temporary or even permanent shelter from the challenges of life? How can we tell the difference between silence-as-refuge and silence-as-escape? Recognizing the ache that we meet, the ache of the whole world ... that we meet in our silences, right? It reminds us that there's space there for the whole world. — Cassidy Hall Silence can be "toxic" when we refuse to speak to...

Duration:00:39:59

Fr. Stephanos Pedrano, OSB: Silence in the Cloister (Episode 11)

2/21/2018
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This week marks the first Encountering Silence "Field Recording" in which one member of our team (in this case, Cassidy Hall) records a face-to-face interview with a person whose life is deeply engaged with silence. Today's episode features Cassidy in conversation with a Benedictine monk, Fr. Stephanos Pedrano, OSB. Father Stephanos is a monk of Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside, California. The Encountering Silence team met Fr. Stephanos online, through a small social media group for...

Duration:00:49:59

Valentines Day & Ash Wednesday — Silence & Paradox (Episode 10)

2/14/2018
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For this episode, we felt drawn to reflect on a couple of "liturgical paradoxes" coming up now and in April: that the Christian holy day of Ash Wednesday corresponds to Valentine's Day; and that Easter Sunday falls on All Fools' Day, April 1. Valentine's Day originated as a Christian memorial (for Saint Valentine), but in its secularized form it is a day for celebrating romantic love — complete with flowers, a nice dinner out, and of course, plenty of chocolate. But this flies in the face...

Duration:00:33:59

Lerita Coleman Brown, PhD: Howard Thurman and the Inner Authority of Silence (Episode 9)

2/7/2018
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It's easy to see the connection between silence and spirituality — but how does silence support the quest for justice, for a world that moves beyond racism, sexism, or the other social barriers that divide us? Anyone familiar with the wisdom and words of the great American preacher and writer, Howard Thurman, knows that the silence of contemplation and the silence that empowers the struggle for justice is, in fact, one silence. God is always speaking, Spirit is always speaking to us. And...

Duration:00:58:59

Silence in Conflict (Episode 8)

1/31/2018
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What role does silence play in human conflicts? This question recognizes that silence may have a positive role to play — in helping to prevent or resolve conflicts — but that it could also have a negative role to play, as one one or more parties to a conflict use silence as a "weapon" to prevent reconciliation. “When silence is done 'right,' silence can disarm us. Emotionally, physically, disarm us. It strips us of our ego. It takes us to that sacred center and allows us to try to learn...

Duration:00:37:29

Patrick Shen: Creating in Silence (Episode 7)

1/24/2018
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With this episode, Encountering Silence features our first conversation with a special guest — Patrick Shen, the director of the luminous and thought-provoking documentary film In Pursuit of Silence, which he describes as "a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives." Incidentally, the three hosts of Encountering Silence first met each other through Maggie Ross as a result of her being interviewed for this film, so it's fair to say that...

Duration:00:42:04

Our Silence Heroes (Episode 6)

1/17/2018
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Who are your "silence heroes" — persons, living or dead, famous or obscure, who inspired or mentored or otherwise encouraged your encounter, and/or ongoing relationship, with silence? This is the question that the three co-hosts of this podcast explore in this episode. Cassidy, Carl and Kevin talk about the spiritual leaders, mystics, poets, writers, and other key figures who have helped us to "meet" silence more fully in our lives. When you really meet silence, when you really encounter...

Duration:00:41:09

Encountering Silence in Relationships (Episode 5)

1/10/2018
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What does it mean to encounter silence in the midst of our most intimate relationships? Unless you are an absolute hermit, other people factor in your life. From children and spouses, to nephews and neighbors, co-workers and companions, to be human is to be in relationship — and sometimes, relationships can be noisy places indeed. In this episode we explore some paradoxical approaches to silence — for example, Kevin speaks eloquently of finding the silence even in the midst of a baby's...

Duration:00:35:59

Encountering Silence as Adults (Episode 4)

1/2/2018
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Continuing the conversation that began with Episodes 1 and 2, we now turn to the question of how our relationship to silence can evolve over time. We take a closer look at how encountering silence has nurtured our faith in God — and how monasteries, churches, museums, the wilderness, and even a documentary film has played a role in our lives as each of us has "pursued" silence (or, perhaps we should say, how silence has pursued us). We explore how silence has been a teacher to each of us,...

Duration:00:40:14

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