Online Retreat

Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr. Online Retreat
Sponsored by the Shalem Institue
January 6 – April 4, 2021
Register Here


The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman

 with Lerita Coleman Brown, Ph.D.

Contemplative Outreach of Chicago

Saturday, June 5, 2021

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

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.