Bridges to Contemplation

The Bridges to Contemplation program is a set of small groups.  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 Kristin at kphilipson@rosedaleunited.org.

 

“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)

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Christ is Risen! An Easter Sunday Sermon

Rev. Kristin Philipson, Luke 24:1-12 A couple of weekends ago I got a text from a friend, it was Saturday afternoon.  “I know it’s short notice,” she wrote, “but do you want...
Read

Reflections for Palm Sunday: Sharing our Deepest Convictions

By Corey Copeland, Rose Mina Munjee, and Rev. Dr. Anne L. Simmonds, Luke 19:28-40 A Reflection by Corey Copeland: If I had to focus on one conviction at the very bottom of...
Read

Sermon: People Change

Rev. Kristin Philipson, John 12:1-8, Lent 5 So I googled “keys to successful relationships” this past week and got all kinds of insight.  People in successful relationships...
Read

Rev Dr. Anne Simmonds

2019-04-17 Rev Dr. Anne Simmonds When we initiate a “new beginning” in our life, it can be exciting and energizing.  When a “new beginning” is thrust upon us, coming around...
Read

Sermon – ‘Learning To Not Know’

March 31, 2019  Doug Norris Before I begin to preach, let me say a bit about how it has been to be a preacher here.   In this 20 square feet of floorspace.    This is all...
Read

Community Calendar

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Rosedale United Church

159 Roxborough Drive
Toronto, Ontario,
M4W 1X7 Phone: (416) 924-0725
E-mail: churchoffice@rosedaleunited.org
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