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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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English

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Episodes

Martin Laird: Silent Land, Luminous Ocean (Part One)

3/14/2019
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Martin Laird is the author of three highly-regarded books on Christian contemplative spirituality: Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation, A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness and Contemplation, and An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation and Liberation. He is an Augustinian friar, and Professor of Early Christian Studies at Villanova University. He is also the author of an academic monograph, Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith. Father Martin...

Duration:00:42:35

Jane Brox: The Social History of Silence

3/6/2019
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If silence could tell us a story about itself, what would it say? This could be the question that Jane Brox answers in her most recent book, Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements in Our Lives (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). Brox is the award-winning author of several acclaimed works of literary nonfiction, including Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light and Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm. In her fascinating study, Brox explores how silence...

Duration:00:44:10

Mary Margaret Funk, OSB: Silence Matters, Part Two (Episode 53)

2/27/2019
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Today’s episode is part two of a two-part interview. Click here to listen to part one. Sr. Mary Margaret Funk, OSB continues her conversation with Cassidy, recorded at Sr. Meg's monastery in Beech Grove, IN. Toward the end of the conversation, Kevin, Carl (and Carl's wife, Fran) joined the conversation via Skype. "In Mepkin Abbey we all have to drink our coffee together... you can't take your coffee cup to your room... the first day I resented it, I said 'nobody messes with my coffee'... the...

Duration:00:40:41

Mary Margaret Funk, OSB: Silence Matters, Part One (Episode 52)

2/19/2019
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Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, is a member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana. She entered this Benedictine community in 1961 and served as the prioress from 1985 to 1993. In 1994 Sister Meg became the Executive Director of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue Board. She has been in formal dialogue with people of the Hindu, Zen Buddhist, Islamic, Confucian, and Taoist traditions. She holds graduate degrees from Catholic University (1973) and Indiana University (1979). She is a...

Duration:00:49:41

Shirley Hershey Showalter: Simplicity and Silence, Part Two (Episode 51)

2/11/2019
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Today’s episode is part two of a two-part interview. Click here to listen to part one. Our conversation continues with Shirley Hershey Showalter, the author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. Singing is to a Mennonite what silence is to a Quaker. For me, singing is a way of bringing silence and voice together. — Shirley Hershey Showalter She grew up "a barefoot girl" on a Mennonite farm near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where her ancestors tilled the soil for generations....

Duration:00:30:17

Shirley Hershey Showalter: Simplicity and Silence, Part One (Episode 50)

2/6/2019
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What is the relationship between silence and simplicity? Silence and peace? Or, for that matter, how does silence relate to the importance of our voice — as human beings in general, but especially for writers or for people whose voices have traditionally bee marginalized, such as women or those who live in traditional rural settings? These are some of the questions we explore with Shirley Hershey Showalter, the author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World Jesus giving his life...

Duration:00:31:49

Celebrating Mary Oliver (Episode 49)

1/27/2019
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"Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?" asks Mary Oliver in her poem "The Summer Day." On January 17, 2019, her many fans — including the co-hosts of this podcast — discovered just how real this question was, as we reeled from the news of Oliver's death at the age of 83. Even before the podcast was launched in late 2017, Mary Oliver was on our dream list of persons we would like to interview. The word on the street was that she rarely gave interviews, but we remained optimistic,...

Duration:00:41:24

Andō: Silence in the Forest, Part Two (Episode 48)

1/22/2019
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Today's episode is part two of a two-part interview. Click here to listen to part one. "All words begin as silence," proclaims Andō on her Patreon page. Indeed, those five words provide an auspicious introduction to this enigmatic yet joyful contemplative Zen poet. As a lay monastic, Andō has spent many years living a monastic life in the forest. In her own words, “Spending five years living quietly in the forest, I learnt the Zen of forest, mountain and river, studied the poetry of the...

Duration:00:36:04

Andō: Silence in the Forest, Part 1 (Episode 47)

1/14/2019
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"All words begin as silence," proclaims Andō on her Patreon page. Indeed, those five words provide an auspicious introduction to this enigmatic yet joyful contemplative Zen poet. As a lay monastic, Andō has spent many years living a monastic life in the forest. In her own words, “Spending five years living quietly in the forest, I learnt the Zen of forest, mountain and river, studied the poetry of the wind.” She says “I'm passionate about the poetry of Zen, Ch’an and Daoist traditions, in...

Duration:00:44:39

Richard Rohr in Conversation with Cassidy Hall (Episode 46)

1/7/2019
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Richard Rohr sat down with Cassidy Hall in Chicago last month, at the conference “‘Disappear from View’? Thomas Merton, Fifty Years Later and Beyond” which commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Merton’s death. If I had to choose between music and silence, I'd always choose silence. — Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM In this informal chat, Fr. Richard and Cassidy reflect on why Merton remains so important a half century after his passing, along with insights into Fr. Richard's sense of hope in our...

Duration:00:30:59

Auld Lang Silence (Episode 45)

12/31/2018
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For our final episode of 2018 — the first full year of our podcast, which debuted on December 6, 2017 — the three co-hosts of Encountering Silence sat down for a brief chat in which we reflected on the year just past, and shared some hopes for the podcast in the year to come. This time a year ago, we had only released four episodes and had yet to interview our first guest (who would be Patrick Shen, in episode 7). We were still trying to figure this whole podcasting thing out. Kevin had...

Duration:00:34:49

Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO: Silence in Chicago (Episode 44)

12/20/2018
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We are so pleased to welcome Trappist monk and poet Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO, back to Encountering Silence. A while back, Cassidy Hall interviewed brother Paul at his home, Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky (you can listen to that episode by clicking here). She ran into Br. Paul again recently while visiting Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, to participate in the conference "'Disappear from View'? Thomas Merton, Fifty Years Later and Beyond" which commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of...

Duration:00:49:19

Jacqueline Bussie: Silence and Love without Limits (Episode 43)

12/13/2018
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Sometimes we do not encounter silence so much as silence encounters us — whether we want it to or not. Today we have a conversation with Dr. Jacqueline Bussie, author of Love Without Limits: Jesus' Radical Vision for Love with No Exceptions. Dr. Bussie teaches religion, theology, and interfaith studies classes at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also serves as the Director of the Forum on Faith and Life. "There is something that I think we have to be more authentic about...

Duration:00:47:14

Rebecca Bratten Weiss: Silence, Feminism, and Literature (Episode 42)

12/6/2018
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This week's episode marks the one-year anniversary of Encountering Silence! Our pilot episode was released a year ago today. It seems appropriate, therefore, that on this first-year anniversary, we release an episode that marks a new "first" for us. Not only is it the first time we've interviewed Catholic author, philosopher and feminist Rebecca Bratten Weiss, but also the first time we've recorded an episode in front of a live audience. This was recorded on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at...

Duration:00:48:55

David Cole: Celtic Mysticism and Silence (Episode 41)

11/28/2018
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How does silence impact the rhythms of our lives — including the rhythm of prayer? How can we invite silence into our lives, in both structured and unstructured ways? Joining us to explore questions like these — from the New Forest of England — is the award-winning author, teacher and spiritual guide David Cole. Intentional silences is different to just finding yourself not saying anything, there's a focus behind that, that intention that you're deliberately being with God in that moment. —...

Duration:00:44:14

Christine Valters Paintner: Silence, Art, and Contemplation (Episode 40)

11/13/2018
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Christine Valters Paintner — an American expatriate living in the west of Ireland — joins us on Encoutering Silence to explore the intersections of silence, spirituality, contemplation, creativity, and living as a monk in the real world. Author, poet, spiritual director, and Benedictine Oblate Christine Valters Paintner serves as the online Abbess at www.AbbeyoftheArts.com, a virtual monastery without walls. She is the author of twelve books on spirituality, contemplative practice, and...

Duration:00:43:38

Judith Valente: Silence, St. Benedict, and Writing (Episode 39)

11/5/2018
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Judith Valente is a poet, a journalist, a Benedictine oblate, and the author of books including Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith and How to Live: What the Rule of Saint Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community. Her books of poetry include Discovering Moons and The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed which she co-authored with Br. Paul Quenon OCSO and Michael Bever. Silence has two sides to it... silence...

Duration:00:49:18

Helen Lees: Silence, Politics, and Education (Episode 38)

10/30/2018
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British writer and educator Dr. Helen E. Lees is an independent scholar, journalist and artist whose work explores topics such as alternative education, silence and sexuality. She is an associate research fellow at York St John University in England. Her books include Education Without Schools: Discovering Alternatives and Silence in Schools. Dr. Lees appears in the movie In Pursuit of Silence and a transcript of her interview appears in the book Notes on Silence. I’m not the first person...

Duration:00:43:19

Allison M. Sullivan: Silence, Yoga, and Faith (Episode 37)

10/22/2018
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Allison M. Sullivan is a mom, wife, yoga teacher, author, podcaster, and spiritual companion. She is the author of Rock Paper Scissors: God's Mighty Power, Jesus's Covering Forgiveness, and the Snipping Refinement of the Holy Spirit. She is the host of the Sinner Saint Sister podcast. She and her family reside in Bryan, Texas, where she engages in ministry with college women. We first connected with Allison through the Sick Pilgrim writers' collective online, where we all grew admire her...

Duration:00:48:15

Kathleen Norris, Part Two: SIlence, Poetry, and Acedia (Episode 36)

10/15/2018
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In this episode we conclude our interview with poet and essayist Kathleen Norris. In part one of the interview, Kathleen and Cassidy explored topics such as poetry, creativity, silence (of course) and acedia — a spiritual malady that she wrote about movingly in her memoir Acedia and Me. This is part two of a two part interview. Click here to listen to part one. This week the conversation continues with reflection on the value of monastic spirituality, the question of whether religion can be...

Duration:00:33:46