Bridges to Contemplation

The Bridges to Contemplation program is a set of small groups facilitated by Rev. Doug Norris.  These groups meet every week or every other week, are composed of five or six people, and the hour long sessions consist of a time for silent meditation, some brief readings from the work of Thomas Merton and other spiritual writers, and a facilitated discussion using a method called contemplative dialogue, with an emphasis on speaking about our lived experiences, and deep respectful listening.

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk in the middle of the 20th century, one of the most widely read spiritual writers of our age.   He lived with the conviction that a contemplative life, lived inside or outside of a monastery, will make an enormous contribution to the well-being of the world, as the contemplative learns to live more carefully, listen more deeply, and be a peaceful presence.

Once a group is formed it is a closed group, meeting either indefinitely, or for an agreed period of time.  New groups can be formed at any time and if you have an interest please contact Doug here.

“Contemplation is the highest expression of humanities intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive.   It is a spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous off at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness and for being.”  (Thomas Merton)

Sermon : ‘Just to work tomorrow again’

Doug Norris - March 11/18 Parker Palmer, a Quaker, a wise and very fine teacher - made this comment on working in a job he knew was not where he should be. ‘I pay a steep...

A second screening of this timely and helpful documentary, on Wednesday April 11, at 7pm.  No ticket cost, but please register here to hold a space.  An informed and...

Sermon, March 4 – Jason Meyers


Sermon : ‘Two Story House’

Doug Norris and Corey Copeland reflect on the work of the congregation on the Sunday we gather to conduct our annual meeting.  The audio track has both, Corey's remarks are...

Sermon: Best Beloved

Rev. Karen Bowles, Lent 1, Ashes and Assurance Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15 All religious language is by necessity metaphorical or allegorical.  I didn’t say this though I...

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Rosedale United Church

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Toronto, Ontario,
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