Encountering Silence

Encountering Silence


Latest Episodes

Cynthia Bourgeault: The Heart of Silence (Part Two)
April 08, 2019

Cynthia Bourgeault continues her conversation with the Encountering Silence team, offering insight into silence as a deeper way of knowing, contemplative Christianity as a unique spiritual path, and centering prayer as a singular practice of deep medit...

Cynthia Bourgeault: The Heart of Silence (Part One)
April 03, 2019

Cynthia Bourgeault has embraced silence and the contemplative life from a variety of perspectives: as a child in Quaker schools, as an Episcopal priest, as a student of the Gurdjieff "Fourth Way" and of centering prayer working with Fr.

Martin Laird: Silent Land, Luminous Ocean (Part Three)
March 28, 2019

Our conversation with contemplative author Martin Laird concludes with this episode. To hear part one, click here. To hear part two, click here. - "In a spiritual path there are no 'outcomes assessments'." — Martin Laird

Martin Laird: Silent Land, Luminous Ocean (Part Two)
March 19, 2019

Our conversation with contemplative author Martin Laird continues with this episode. To hear part one, click here. "What I mean by 'Contemplative' is ultimately overcoming the illusion of separation of God,

Martin Laird: Silent Land, Luminous Ocean (Part One)
March 14, 2019

Martin Laird is the author of three highly-regarded books on Christian contemplative spirituality: Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation, A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness and Contemplation,

Jane Brox: The Social History of Silence
March 06, 2019

If silence could tell us a story about itself, what would it say? This could be the question that Jane Brox answers in her most recent book, Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements in Our Lives (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,

Mary Margaret Funk, OSB: Silence Matters, Part Two (Episode 53)
February 27, 2019

Today’s episode is part two of a two-part interview. Click here to listen to part one. - Sr. Mary Margaret Funk, OSB continues her conversation with Cassidy, recorded at Sr. Meg's monastery in Beech Grove, IN. Toward the end of the conversation,

Mary Margaret Funk, OSB: Silence Matters, Part One (Episode 52)
February 20, 2019

Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, is a member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana. She entered this Benedictine community in 1961 and served as the prioress from 1985 to 1993. In 1994 Sister Meg became the Executive Director of the Monastic I...

Shirley Hershey Showalter: Simplicity and Silence, Part Two (Episode 51)
February 11, 2019

Today’s episode is part two of a two-part interview. Click here to listen to part one. Our conversation continues with Shirley Hershey Showalter, the author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. -

Shirley Hershey Showalter: Simplicity and Silence, Part One (Episode 50)
February 06, 2019

What is the relationship between silence and simplicity? Silence and peace? Or, for that matter, how does silence relate to the importance of our voice — as human beings in general, but especially for writers or for people whose voices have traditional...