Online Day Retreat on  Jesus and the Disinherited 

Sponsored by The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation November 6, 2019, and accessible through January 8, 2019

Register Here

An Epiphany Celebration: Contemplative Insights with Lerita Coleman Brown, Stuart Higginbotham, and Carl McColman

January 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please join me and my friends Carl McColman and Stuart Higginbotham for a special Epiphany celebration and contemplative book signing, which will take place at Mary & Martha’s Place on 

Sunday, January 12 at 4 PM.

Epiphany invites us to focus on the manifestation of God in our lives, the work of the Spirit in our hearts.  In each and every heart, Spirit invites a deeper awareness of God’s peace and love. In this day and age, many are seeking to offer images and insights of how we are all called to listen deeply. 

We’ll have a conversation about the contemplative we all share, and of course, there will be an opportunity to purchase your books and have them signed.

Mary & Martha’s Place Inc

4393 Garmon Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30327


Contemplative Enrichment Day

Meditations of the Heart-Mystical, Personal and Spiritual Wisdom

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When the Heart Speaks


Spend a Day with Howard Thurman, your Heart and Healing Silence

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Holy Family Retreat Center 

West Hartford, CT 

Registration Info Coming later in 2019

Contemplative prayer, readings, silence, and a guided session of active imagination will explore the spiritual wisdom of the mystical heart.  Howard Thurman’s Meditations of the Heart and When the Heart Speaks, Listen—Discovering Inner Wisdom will serve as the backdrop to an invitation for deep inner listening


The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman

 with Lerita Coleman Brown, Ph.D.

Contemplative Outreach of Chicago

Saturday, June 6, 2020

For more information, see the Contemplative Outreach of Chicago Newsletter.

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  See the Documentary on Howard Thurman“Backs Against the Wall:  The Howard Thurman Story”

You can stream this documentary anytime by going to and search for Backs Against the Wall or Click Here

Click Herefor official film trailer

For additional information see the Journey Films Website Here   


Create Your Own Contemplative Event  

Tips for a 5 Minute Dip into Stillness 

Find a quiet place to sit comfortably inside or outside.

  • Render all electronic devices inoperable (power down is the best option).  However, using airplane mode and setting the timer to 5 minutes will work as well.
  • Take at least 3 deep breaths exhaling and inhaling as much as you can.
  • Gently let go of everything that is on your mind; any and all thoughts…
  • Pretend like you are listening to your favorite song or talking to your favorite person.  Give the song or him or her your complete attention in the silence.  When you noticed that your mind has wandered away and thoughts are crisscrossing through your mind again,  gently let them go.
  • Repeat the last step as many times as necessary until the timer beeps.
  • Feel the Peace and Joy in your now still and quiet heart.

Warning:   Spontaneous smiling and joy may occur at any time during this process.

Peace for Hearts