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)

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Sermon : ‘Say What?’

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Sermon : ‘Thank Me Very Much’

 Thanksgiving Sunday,    October 8, 2017    Doug  Norris     click for audio   We've been following an old story, these past weeks, the ‘Exodus’, hoping it will lead us to...
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October Schedule

Join us each Sunday morning for our 10:30 service – followed by hot coffee and warm conversation. In addition to peaceful sanctuary and thoughtful teachings, our Sunday...
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Sermon – ‘It’s Not A Small World After All’

October 1, 2017      ‘It Isn’t A Small World After All’     Doug Norris click to hear audio recording So, a Rabbi, an Iman, a Mormon and a United Church minister sit down...
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Rosedale United Church

159 Roxborough Drive
Toronto, Ontario,
M4W 1X7 Phone: (416) 924-0725
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