Our Vision

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OUR VISION:  Center for Spiritual Wisdom will be a comprehensive resource for teaching spiritual practices as tools of transformation for the common good. The Center will seek to align its work with God’s loving presence and action in the world.

KEY ELEMENTS:

  • The Center will serve all seekers — whoever they are and wherever they are on their spiritual journeys.
  • The Center’s offerings will promote compassionate action and transformative growth in relationship to God, neighbor, self, creation, and cosmos through the integration of practice, learning, engagement and reflection. The Center will emphasize experiential learning through spiritual practices, real-world engagement, peer teaching and other learning methods.
  • The Center will be rooted in the Perennial Tradition* as expressed in the contemplative and progressive dimensions of Christianity. It will be intentionally ecumenical and open to the wisdom** of various faith traditions. The Center’s leaders and teachers will reflect these qualities.
  • The Center will strive to integrate the active and contemplative dimensions of life: soul work and justice work, science and spirituality, faith and reason, individual needs and the public good.
  • The leaders of the Center will function as a circle of trust and promote an ethic of caring companionship in their collaborations.
  • In the work of the Center, spiritual practices will be defined broadly to include traditional disciplines such as lectio divina and contemplative prayer, personal learning tools such as the Enneagram, and contemporary approaches such as social justice engagement, eco-spirituality and sustainable agriculture.
  • The Center will offer multiple learning opportunities: one-day workshops, multi-day retreats, ongoing spiritual practice groups and multi-week courses of study. The offerings of the Center will be held in a variety of settings, including colleges, churches, conference centers, etc.
  • The Center will be based in Brevard, N.C. and serve all geographical areas within a half day’s drive of Brevard: western N.C., upper S.C., central N.C., eastern TN, northern GA and southern VA. After a time, the Center may offer Internet-based learning opportunities at a distance.
  • The Center will be funded initially by individual donors and grants. Following its start-up period, the Center will be sustained financially by revenue generated from its offerings, annual fund-raisers and other sources.

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*Fr. Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action & Contemplation, says the Perennial Tradition “encompasses the recurring themes in all of the world’s religions and philosophies that continue to say: There is a Divine Reality underneath and inherent in the world of things; There is in the human soul a natural capacity, similarity, and longing for this Divine Reality; and The final goal of existence is union with this Divine Reality.”
**The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault describes spiritual wisdom as “a higher level of human consciousness…. It is the original Integral Knowing. Wisdom is not about knowing more, but about knowing deeper…. It is fundamentally accessed through spiritual practice.”