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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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Philip Roderick: Encountering Silence in Quiet Gardens (Part One)

8/8/2019
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Philip Roderick, a priest of the Church of England, is the founder and a patron of the Quiet Garden Movement, of Contemplative Fire and of Hidden Houses of Prayer. He delights in the radical presence of God in community, in nature – on hillside and by seashore; he rejoices in chant and harmony, syncopation and stillness. He is an author and a musician. He has worked in Bangor University as Chaplain and Lecturer in Theology then in the Oxford Diocese as Principal of the Buckinghamshire...

Duration:00:34:24

Ruben L. F. Habito: Christianity, Buddhism and Silence (Part Two)

7/22/2019
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Our conversation continues with Zen roshi and a Catholic spiritual director Ruben L. F. Habito. Ruben L. F. Habito is both a former Jesuit and a master of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen. In his early youth the Society of Jesus sent him from his homeland in the Philippines to Japan, where he began his Zen practice under the guidance of Yamada Koun-roshi. Koun-roshi was a Zen master who taught many Christians students, an unusual practice for the time. In 1988, Habito received Dharma...

Duration:00:34:16

Ruben L. F. Habito: Christianity, Buddhism, and Silence (Part One)

7/8/2019
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How does silence form and shape the life of person who is both Zen roshi and a Catholic spiritual director? Ruben L. F. Habito is both a former Jesuit and a master of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen. In his early youth the Society of Jesus sent him from his homeland in the Philippines to Japan, where he began his Zen practice under the guidance of Yamada Koun-roshi. Koun-roshi was a Zen master who taught many Christians students, an unusual practice for the time. In 1988, Habito received...

Duration:00:35:10

Kathleen Deignan: Silence and Nature (Part Two)

6/24/2019
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This episode concludes our conversation with Sister Kathleen P. Deignan, C.N.D. Sister Kathleen is an Irish-American theologian, author and sacred song writer who has been engaged in the ministry of liturgical musicianship for over forty years. She is currently composer-in-residence of Schola Ministries and is the founder and director of Iona Spirituality Institute at Iona College, New York, and previously directed the Iona Institute for Peace and Justice Studies in Ireland. Sr. Kathleen...

Duration:00:42:42

Kathleen Deignan: Silence and Nature (Part One)

6/13/2019
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Sister Kathleen P. Deignan, C.N.D. is an Irish-American theologian, author and sacred song writer who has been engaged in the ministry of liturgical musicianship for over forty years. She is currently composer-in-residence of Schola Ministries and is the founder and director of Iona Spirituality Institute at Iona College, New York, and previously directed the Iona Institute for Peace and Justice Studies in Ireland. Sr. Kathleen is a GreenFaith Fellow who recently completed an intensive...

Duration:00:37:44

Carrie Newcomer: Silence, Song, Blessing and Waiting (Part Two)

5/29/2019
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Our conversation with musician, songwriter/poet, and Quaker Carrie Newcomer concludes this week. Carrie continues to share with us her insights into the relationship between poetry and lyrics, between music and silence, between creativity and authenticity — and how love can change everything for the better. Like the first part of this conversation, she also graces us with performance of several of her songs. Whether it's coming through a visual art, through music, through poetry, through...

Duration:00:30:29

Carrie Newcomer: Silence, Song, Blessing and Waiting (Part One)

5/21/2019
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What is the relationship between silence and music? This week's guest, acclaimed folk musician and educator Carrie Newcomer, helps us to explore this provocative question. "To do music you have to be comfortable with silence... a song without the pauses is just cacophony. You have to be able to breathe, and take a breath. Juxtaposition: the sound, and the moments of pause." — Carrie Newcomer Carrie Newcomer's CDs include The Point of Arrival, The Beautiful Not Yet and Kindred Spirits. She...

Duration:00:46:10

James Finley: A Conversation on the Spirituality of Silence (Part Two)

5/13/2019
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In today's episode, the hosts of Encountering Silence speak with contemplative teacher James Finley, following his reflection on the spirituality of silence which we released last week as episode #62. If you have not yet listened to episode 62, we encourage you to do so before listening to this episode — click here to listen to it. “I don't know how to listen. I think I'm afraid to listen. Because listening implies an act of trust. When I get quiet, the voices of pain come up inside of me...

Duration:00:30:09

James Finley: Reflections on the Spirituality of Silence (Part One)

5/7/2019
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Contemplative author, teacher, retreat leader, and psychologist James Finley returns to the Encountering Silence podcast this week. At James's suggestion, when we recorded this episode we began by giving him the opportunity to share his own reflections on the spirituality of silence. After he finished this presentation, we engaged in a time of shared dialogue in response to his reflections. This week's episode consists of James Finley's reflections; next week's episode includes our...

Duration:00:28:54

Therese Taylor-Stinson: Silence, Contemplation, and Justice (Part Two)

4/22/2019
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This episode concludes our two-part conversation with author and spiritual director Therese Taylor-Stinson, the founder of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network. To listen to part one, please click here. "All contemplation should be followed by action; they are there for one another. The reason to contemplate anything would be to have clarity about what action to take next." — Therese Taylor-Stinson Therese Taylor-Stinson is the co-editor of Embodied Spirits: Stories of Spiritual...

Duration:00:29:50

Therese Taylor-Stinson: Silence, Contemplation, and Justice (Part One)

4/17/2019
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Therese Taylor-Stinson is the co-editor of Embodied Spirits: Stories of Spiritual Directors of Color, and the editor of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around — Stories of Contemplation and Justice. She is an ordained deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), a lay pastoral caregiver, and a graduate of and an associate faculty member of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, where she previously served as a member of the board. She is the founder of the Spiritual Directors...

Duration:00:33:58

Cynthia Bourgeault: The Heart of Silence (Part Two)

4/8/2019
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Cynthia Bourgeault continues her conversation with the Encountering Silence team, offering insight into silence as a deeper way of knowing, contemplative Christianity as a unique spiritual path, and centering prayer as a singular practice of deep meditation. This is part two of a two-part interview. Click here to listen to part one. "There is no 'toxic' silence, because in real silence there is a power of presence... when you enter silence, you are never alone, you enter a luminous...

Duration:00:34:35

Cynthia Bourgeault: The Heart of Silence (Part One)

4/2/2019
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Cynthia Bourgeault has embraced silence and the contemplative life from a variety of perspectives: as a child in Quaker schools, as an Episcopal priest, as a student of the Gurdjieff "Fourth Way" and of centering prayer working with Fr. Thomas Keating, and now as a teacher both in her own Wisdom Schools and as part of the Living School. She is also the author of numerous books and a widely sought-after speaker and retreat leader. Joining us via Skype from Tucson shortly before she led a...

Duration:00:34:54

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

3/28/2019
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Our conversation with contemplative author Martin Laird concludes with this episode. To hear part one, click here. To hear part two, click here. "In a spiritual path there are no 'outcomes assessments'." — Martin Laird After recording an interview with just Carl and Kevin, Fr. Martin graciously agreed to an additional recording session with all three of us. Today's episode features that second conversation, including Cassidy. Fr. Martin deepens and clarifies some of his thoughts on issues...

Duration:00:41:09

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

3/19/2019
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Our conversation with contemplative author Martin Laird continues with this episode. To hear part one, click here. "What I mean by 'Contemplative' is ultimately overcoming the illusion of separation of God, and that illusion is sustained and maintained by inner noise in our head. And everything about our culture keeps our attention riveted there." — Martin Laird Some of the resources and authors we mention in this episode: Martin Laird, Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian...

Duration:00:43:42

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. Sr. Meg chats with Fran, Carl and Kevin via Skype. She holds graduate degrees from Catholic...

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