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 – Where the Wild Things Are

Two reflections offered today, by Doug and by Karen : (Click name  for audio recordings) There is a story Bill Deacon likes to tell about me.  Some 15 years ago, on a canoe...
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Sermon : ‘Good. And Angry’

Doug Norris  - based on Isaiah 64:1-9 click to hear audio recording  
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Sermon : ‘T’NT’ Karen J. Bowles

click to hear audio recording November 26, 2017, Matthew 25:31 - 46 The joke:  At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little...
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Sermon : ‘All In’ Doug Norris

 November 19, 2017       Doug Norris    Matthew 25:14-30 click to hear audio recording So here’s the question on the docket for today - in fact maybe the only fundamental...
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Sermon – Kristin Philipson

Bring Something to the Table    Matthew 25:1-13   November 12, 2017 click to listen to audio recording A couple of weeks ago we received an invite to a Halloween party...
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Rosedale United Church

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