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

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 … Continue reading Martin Laird: Silent Land, Luminous Ocean (Part One) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Jane Brox: The Social History of Silence

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 … Continue reading Jane Brox: The Social History of Silence → … Read more at Encountering Silence

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

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 … Continue reading Mary Margaret Funk, OSB: Silence Matters, Part Two (Episode 53) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

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

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 … Continue reading Mary Margaret Funk, OSB: Silence Matters, Part One (Episode 52) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

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

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 … Continue reading Shirley Hershey Showalter: Simplicity and Silence, Part Two (Episode 51) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

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

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? … Continue reading Shirley Hershey Showalter: Simplicity and Silence, Part One (Episode 50) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Celebrating Mary Oliver (Episode 49)

“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 … Continue reading Celebrating Mary Oliver (Episode 49) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

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

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 … Continue reading Andō: Silence in the Forest, Part Two (Episode 48) → … Read more at Encountering Silence

Another Way to Explore Silence — with this Reading List of 101 “Silence Books”

Hello friends! If you’re like us, chances are you enjoy reading — and we hope you will enjoy the following list of over 100 books that address the importance of silence in our lives. As you look over the list, you’ll see it represents a variety of perspectives: some of these books are Christian, some … Continue reading Another Way to Explore Silence — with this Reading List of 101 “Silence Books” → … Read more at Encountering Silence