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Encountering Silence

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Explore the beauty, importance, and vitality of silence, as we explore the spirituality, psychology, and sheer humanity of silence.

Explore the beauty, importance, and vitality of silence, as we explore the spirituality, psychology, and sheer humanity of silence.

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United States

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Explore the beauty, importance, and vitality of silence, as we explore the spirituality, psychology, and sheer humanity of silence.

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English

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404-375-1611


Episodes

Christine Valters Paintner: Wild Silence and the Cloister of the Earth (Part One)

4/3/2020
Christine Valters Paintner is the online abbess for Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery offering programs and resources on contemplative practice and creative expression. She is the author of thirteen books on monasticism and creativity, including her most recent Earth, Our Original Monastery and her second collection of poems forthcoming this fall, The Wisdom of Wild Grace. Earth is the place where we learn our most fundamental prayers, hear the call of the wild arising at dawn to awaken...

Duration:00:31:39

Encountering Silence in Times of Crisis

3/25/2020
This week the Encountering Silence podcast features just the three of us — Cassidy, Kevin and Carl — reflecting on this extraordinary moment we find ourselves in. Recorded on March 24, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, naturally we are reflecting on the spirituality of silence and solitude while much of the world has embraced the necessity of sheltering-at-home and social distancing in order to slow the spread of the virus. But we also recognize that the challenges we are collectively...

Duration:00:39:00

Pádraig Ó Tuama: Silence, Poetry, and Conflict Resolution (Part Two)

3/18/2020
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and conflict mediator, who brings interests in language, violence and religion to his work. He is the Poet Laureate and Theologian in Residence for the On Being project, and hosts the Poetry Unbound podcast. He was formerly the leader of the Corrymeela Community (Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation community), and is the author of four books, including Readings from the Book of Exile, Sorry For Your Troubles, In the Shelter: Finding a Home In the...

Duration:00:33:42

Pádraig Ó Tuama: Silence, Poetry, and Conflict Resolution (Part One)

3/4/2020
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and conflict mediator, who brings interests in language, violence and religion to his work. He is the Poet Laureate and Theologian in Residence for the On Being project, and hosts the Poetry Unbound podcast. He was formerly the leader of the Corrymeela Community (Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation community), and is the author of four books, including Readings from the Book of Exile, Sorry For Your Troubles, In the Shelter: Finding a Home In the...

Duration:00:32:46

Therese Schroeder-Sheker: Silence, Music, and Death (Part Two)

2/24/2020
Silence takes many forms: silent prayer, the silence of meditation and contemplation, the silence of the wilderness and the desert, the relationship between silence and creativity or silence and politics. Silence also shapes and informs one of the great mysteries of life: the mystery of death. This is part two of a two-part episode. To listen to part one, click here. Photo credits: ©Lynn Johnson, all rights reserved, used by permission. Harpist, singer and composer Therese Schroeder-Sheker...

Duration:00:28:48

Therese Schroeder-Sheker: Silence, Music, and Death (Part One)

2/18/2020
Silence takes many forms: silent prayer, the silence of meditation and contemplation, the silence of the wilderness and the desert, the relationship between silence and creativity or silence and politics. Silence also shapes and informs one of the great mysteries of life: the mystery of death. Norman Lockwood was trying to teach me about fasting from sound, that helped cleanse both my inner life and the sensoria. And that set the stage for the possibility of being able to hear something new,...

Duration:00:49:18

Dr. Robert J. Wicks: The Tao of Ordinary Silence (Part Two)

2/11/2020
Dr. Robert Wicks is professor emeritus of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland, a prolific author, and an internationally-known speaker on topics such as spirituality, mindfulness, self-care, and stress management. His many books include Everyday Simplicity: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Growth, Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm, Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World, and his latest, The Tao of Ordinariness: Humility and Simplicity in a Narcissistic...

Duration:00:23:16

Dr. Robert J. Wicks: The Tao of Ordinary Silence (Part One)

2/6/2020
Dr. Robert Wicks is professor emeritus of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland, a prolific author, and an internationally-known speaker on topics such as spirituality, mindfulness, self-care, and stress management. His many books include Everyday Simplicity: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Growth, Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm, Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World, and his latest, The Tao of Ordinariness: Humility and Simplicity in a Narcissistic...

Duration:00:32:31

J. Brent Bill: Beauty, Truth, Life, and Love — and Holy Silence (Part Two)

1/28/2020
For our latest "Encountering Silence field recording," Cassidy Hall visits the farm of Indiana Quaker author J. Brent Bill for a conversation about silence and other essential elements of life. This is part two of a two-part episode; click here to listen to part one. Cassidy Hall and J. Brent Bill J. Brent Bill is a Quaker minister, retreat leader, and photographer. He's written more than twenty books, including Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality and Beauty, Truth, Life, and Love:...

Duration:00:30:11

J. Brent Bill: Beauty, Truth, Life, Love — and Holy Silence (Part One)

1/20/2020
For our latest "Encountering Silence field recording," Cassidy Hall visits the farm of Indiana Quaker author J. Brent Bill for a conversation about silence and other essential elements of life. This is part one of a two-part episode; the remainder of this interview will be released on our next episode. J. Brent Bill J. Brent Bill is a Quaker minister, retreat leader, and photographer. He's written more than twenty books, including Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality and Beauty,...

Duration:00:34:06

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza: Silence and Activist Theology (Part Two)

12/17/2019
Our conversation with Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, the author of Activist Theology, concludes this week, in part two of a two-part interview. To listen to part one, click here. Born to a Mexican woman and an Anglo man in Northern Mexico, the Republic of Texas, Dr. Robyn moved to Chicago, IL for graduate school, and completed a master’s degree in theological ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Clinical Pastoral Education at a Trauma II Chicagoland hospital. Following...

Duration:00:22:53

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza: Silence and Activist Theology (Part One)

12/11/2019
Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, the author of Activist Theology, joins our conversation this week. Born to a Mexican woman and an Anglo man in Northern Mexico, the Republic of Texas, Dr. Robyn moved to Chicago, IL for graduate school, and completed a master’s degree in theological ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Clinical Pastoral Education at a Trauma II Chicagoland hospital. Following graduate school, Dr. Robyn worked in domestic violence & sexual assault fields before...

Duration:00:27:16

Happy Birthday, Encountering Silence

12/3/2019
Happy Birthday, Encountering Silence! This week marks the two-year anniversary of our first episode (listen to it here). To mark the occasion, we recorded a few thoughts about how the podcast has surprised us and expanded our own sense of both the beauty and power of silence — and the challenges that silence faces in our noisy and wounded world. Silence is the meeting place for knowing what we have to say when it's time to speak up and speak out. — Cassidy Hall Some of the resources and...

Duration:00:32:53

An Orientation to Silence

11/27/2019
If you are interested in the spirituality and psychology of silence, but are new to the idea of intentional silence, where do you begin? How do you orient yourself to the world of silence that is always available to you, right here and right now? Silence perpetuates its life as being wordless, empty, and nothingness; and at the same time, everything, and whole. Not only does it make it infinite, but it points to its wholeness. — Cassidy Hall Today's episode of our podcast explores a concept...

Duration:00:28:49

Walter Brueggemann: Silence and the Prophetic Imagination (Part Two)

11/11/2019
This is part two of a two part episode; to listen to part one, click here. The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading Christian interpreters of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including The Prophetic Imagination, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now, From Judgment to Hope: A Study on the Prophets, and his...

Duration:00:27:04

Walter Brueggemann: Silence and the Prophetic Imagination (Part One)

11/4/2019
The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian interpreters of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including The Prophetic Imagination, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now, From Judgment to Hope: A Study on the Prophets, and his most recent book, Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out. He...

Duration:00:27:44

Adam Bucko: Silence, Sacred Activism, and the Spiritual Imagination (Part Two)

10/29/2019
Our conversation with the Rev. Adam Bucko continues in this episode, the second part of a two-part interview. To listen to part one, click here. In the summer of 2019, the Reverend Adam Bucko was appointed as a Minor Canon at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY, where he serves as the director of the Center for the Spiritual Imagination. Although he is a newly ordained Episcopal priest, Adam has been a prominent figure in new monastic and contemplative Christian...

Duration:00:32:28

Adam Bucko: Silence, Sacred Activism, and the Spiritual Imagination (Part One)

10/22/2019
In the summer of 2019, the Reverend Adam Bucko was appointed as a Minor Canon at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY, where he serves as the director of the Center for the Spiritual Imagination. Although he is a newly ordained Episcopal priest, Adam has been a prominent figure in new monastic and contemplative Christian circles for some time now. Before going to seminary, he was an activist and spiritual director to New York City's homeless youth. He is the...

Duration:00:35:38

Silence and the Wisdom of Henri Nouwen: A Conversation With Gabrielle Earnshaw (Part 2)

10/14/2019
Our conversation continues with historian Gabrielle Earnshaw — the founding archivist of the Henri Nouwen Archives in Toronto, Canada. She has been the adviser to the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust for eighteen years and is consulted throughout the world on Nouwen and his literary legacy. This is part two of a two-part interview. Part one was released last week. She is the editor of several of Nouwen’s posthumously published books, including Love, Henri (a collection of Nouwen’s letters), You Are...

Duration:00:33:12

Silence and the Wisdom of Henri Nouwen: A Conversation with Gabrielle Earnshaw (Part 1)

10/7/2019
Historian Gabrielle Earnshaw is the founding archivist of the Henri Nouwen Archives in Toronto, Canada. She has been the adviser to the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust for eighteen years and is consulted throughout the world on Nouwen and his literary legacy. She is the editor of several of Nouwen's posthumously published books, including Love, Henri (a collection of Nouwen's letters), You Are the Beloved (a collection of daily meditations), and the newly published Following Jesus: Finding Our Way...

Duration:00:36:59