Online Resources for Contemplative Christianity

This page provides resources for contemplative Christian authors, teachers, and spiritual directors with a strong online presence, including regular social media updates, frequent newsletters and blogs, and an active and supportive community.

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Trappist Monk Thomas Keating’s Contemplative Outreach and CenteringPrayer.com

Father Keating has been instrumental in spreading contemplative practices beyond the walls of the monasteries and reclaiming this vital and dynamic dimension of the Christian tradition. His books Open Mind, Open Heart, An Invitation To Love, and The Mystery of Christ are a kind of trilogy of contemplative spirituality.

Franciscan Monk Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation

Richard Rohr OFM is one of the most well-known teachers and authors of the contemplative perspective, manifesting a mature spirituality with characteristic boldness, directness, and precision. He founded his Center for Action and Contemplation in Albequerque, New Mexico, and offers a treasure trove of books, teachings, and courses. His team has the most robust online presence of any contemplative author, providing daily posts on social media. A prolific author, a few of his many books are The Naked Now: Learning to See As the Mystics See, Immortal Diamond, Falling Upward, and Breathing Under Water. Center for Action and Contemplation’s Facebook and Twitter.

Carl McColman’s Patheos Blog A Contemplative Faith and his personal blog CarlMcColman.net

A lay Cistercian, McColman writes one of the most popular blogs on the contemplative life, and is the author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Befriending the Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality.

Amos Smith and Richard Lewis’ Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots (RCMR)

Amos Smith is a United Church of Christ pastor and author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Rootshe is co-authoring a book with Richard Lewis entitled Dynamic Union: Historical Jesus and Cosmic Christ due out in 2017. Richard is very active on social media on behalf of Amos Smith and RCMR. Richard Lewis’s Facebook and Twitter; Amos Smith’s Facebook and Twitter.

Richard Lewis’s Silence Teaches Us Who We Are

Richard Lewis is a contemplative practitioner and author, hard at work on an upcoming release entitled Jesus Paradox: The Heart of My Faith – Discovering the Dynamic Union of the Historic Jesus and Divine Christ. Richard is also available to teach Centering Prayer in churches and college settings. He posts regularly, including weekly reflections and book reviews and is an active presence on behalf of contemplatives on social media.

Cynthia Bourgeault’s Contemplative Society and Center for Spiritual Resources

Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest and world-renowned speaker, teacher, and writer on contemplative practice. She is the author of Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening and The Wisdom Jesusamong many others.

Contemplative Author Dr. David G. Benner Blog

Dr. Benner is a Canadian psychologist, professor and author on spiritual development. A prolific author, his books include the widely known The Gift of Being Yourself, and Spirituality and the Awakening Self. Dr. Benner also founded the Cascadia Living Wisdom School to help cultivate whole-person attentiveness and wisdom. He is also very active and engaged on social media. Dr Benner’s Facebook and Twitter.

Spiritual Director Teresa Blythe’s Patheos Blog: Spiritual Direction 101

Director of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction, Teresa Blythe is a long-time spiritual director, instructor, and author on spirituality. She is the author of 50 Ways to Pray: Practices from Many Traditions and Times.

Bob Holmes: Contemplative Monk

Bob Holmes is a contemplative blogger based out of Pensacola, Florida, and is very active on social media and creates beautiful posts. His Facebook and Twitter.

Benedictine Monk David Steindl-Rast’s Gratefulness.org

With a PhD in Experimental Psychology, this Viennese Benedictine has been active in Zen-Christian dialogue for many decades. He is the author of Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer. Click here for his TED talk.

Benedictine Monk Greg Richardson’s Strategicmonk.com

Greg is a criminal justice lawyer turned lay Benedictine based out of Pasadena, CA who helps lay people, leaders and organizations dive into questions of purpose and spirituality.

Benedictine Spirituality: Monasteries of the Heart Blog with Joan Chittister, OSB

Joan Chittister is a Benedictine nun, fierce advocate of contemporary issues of peace and justice, including equality for women and exploitation in the American Justice System. She is the author of many books, including In God’s Holy Light: Wisdom of the Desert Monastics and Between the Dark and the Daylight.

Christine and John Valters Paintner’s Abbey of the Arts

Christine Valters-Paintner holds a PhD in Christian Spirituality from Graduate Theological Union, is a Benedictine Oblate and online abbess for the Abbey of the Arts. She is the author of Soul of a Pilgrim and The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom

Phileena and Chris Heuertz’s Gravity Center in Omaha, Nebraska

Phileena and Chris Heuertz are contemplative activists who help facilitate social change through Contemplative Retreats and Pilgrimage. Their site is full of fantastic resources for the contemplative path.

Jesuit Monk and author Anthony De Mello: De Mello Spirituality

This site is a great resource for the late Indian-born Jesuit monk who pursued graduate work in Psychology in America. De Mello’s books include Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality and The Way To Love. Known for his enrapturing storytelling, depth of insight, and humor, his talks are also available on Youtube.

Ian Van Heusen: Christian Meditation | Lectio Divina

A contemplative and Catholic priest in Raleigh, North Carolina, Van Heusen writes thought-provoking and inspiring posts with an eye toward contemporary application to modern life.

Andrew Harvey’s Institute for Sacred Activism

Andrew Harvey is an India-born Englishman, a graduate of the prestigious All Souls College, Oxford, and later studied with Bede Griffiths at his ashram in India. He is the author of Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ and The Essential Mystics.