Contemplative Christianity Grants
Many people think of meditation as an exclusively Eastern religious practice. But Western religion, too, has a long tradition of silent, non-discursive prayer, often called contemplation, which is rooted in a rich mystical literature. Contemporary thinkers are unearthing this tradition. Their fresh encounter with the Gospels and mystics emphasizes that God is a living presence in us – to be known in silence and love and manifested in our acts of compassion.
Grants made in the Contemplative Christianity Program have these objectives:
- Introduce or expand the teaching and practice of Christian contemplative practices, such as Christian Meditation or Centering Prayer.
- Focus on silent, non discursive meditation rather than another aspect or method of prayer or spiritual formation.
- Connect with a Christian audience or have a Christian context.
- Identify and support emerging scholars and leaders in Contemplative Christianity and Christian mysticism.
- Raise the profile of Contemplative Christianity, with language and programs that speak to all Christian denominations and that reconnect people to Christian contemplative traditions.
- Reach underserved populations, such as children, teens, and young adults, people of color, people who are LGBTQ, people with low incomes and people facing addictions, illness, trauma or loss.
- Encourage dialogue among contemplative traditions in all religions.