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Contemplative Flashes




    Shalem Highlights: 

Audio Guided Prayer- Join us every Wednesday to pray for our world!

We are pleased to announce that the new version of Spirit Windows is available for purchase.

Shalem Institute's Living Contemplatively  

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 Onward to 6,000 by 2016





     Shalem Highlights

Fall Open House — Meet with staff, including Shalem's new Executive Director 

Come join us in our Washington, DC offices for an opportunity to meet Margaret Benefiel, Shalem's new executive director, chat with staff and learn about Shalem's new program year.

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: 3025 Fourth Street, NE, Washington DC 20017 Link to Google directions here.  (301) 897-7334

The closest Metro stop is Brookland / CUA on the red line.  It's about a 15 minute walk from the metro station to Shalem.  When exiting the metro station, follow signs to Catholic University and make your way to Michigan Ave.  WALK TOWARD THE SHRINE; then turn left on Fourth Street.  Walk along on Fourth, past the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Turn left at walkway that is marked by two pillars.  Follow walkway to Hecker Center.  Shalem is located on the lower level of the Hecker Center.  To enter, press #0010 on the keypad by the door.


With Hearts Wide Open
a Contemplative Leadership Seminar with Leah Rampy

6 Modules of Online Material to Support Your Leadership

Do you yearn to explore a way of leading that is more aligned with your heart?
Are you seeking community and support for this heart-led way?

With hearts wide open, we can begin to see how to lead in a way that is congruent with the invitation of our spiritual heart.  Find the practices and support you'll need to remain spacious, flexible and open to the True Leader, the Spirit.  Here's a sneak peak at the guided meditation on Compassion, offered in the Seminar — for you to listen and share

For more information, please click here.
To register, please click here.


Opening to the Spirit — Online
School of Contemplative Prayer 1

This Fall, refresh your daily practice with Shalem.  Join Carole Crumley as she illuminates the introductory core prayer practices found in Tilden Edwards' Living in the Presence.

Beginning October 18, this 6 session online series can be experienced from wherever you are.  To register, please click here.
For more information, please click here.  Gather a group and receive a discount.

Are you a Shalem graduate interested in partnering with our online programs?  Find out more about our Leadership Packages. 


Discerning with the Director: Phone Chat with Ann Dean

Oct. 14 at 12:30 PM EST

If you are discerning about Shalem's Transforming Community:  Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and its rightness for you, please join us in this conference call with inquirers and program graduates. This is a special, informal opportunity for asking about Shalem's contemplative leadership program. The program director, Ann Dean, will facilitate the conversation from 12:30-1:30 PM EST.

Registration is free, click here to be sent a call in number.  Space is limited.

Interested in more information about the program before the phone chat?  Watch a video, listen to audio testimonials and learn more here.
(Photo by Christy Berghoef)

For our Graduates—

Leadership Package Opportunities: Are you part of a community that would benefit from Shalem online programs? Would you like to complement Shalem's online courses with an in-person component to offer to your community?
Contact us today to lead Carole Crumley's Fall eCourse
Begin the New Year leading with Tilden Edward's eCourse
Deepen a Lenten practice through leading with Patience Robbins' Spring experiential eCourse

Going Deeper — Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program

Do you wish to deepen your spiritual life and open yourself more fully to God?  Do you yearn to lead from your spiritual heart and from a revitalized sense of call?  Are you searching for an inspiring faith community of peers?  Shalem's Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program is for Clergy of all denominations and geographic locations who serve on the staffs of loyal churches or whose ministry involves local church.

For Testimonials, please click here.

For more information, please click here.

    For Application Form, please click here.

Are you called or want to test a call to lead contemplative prayer groups and retreats?
Do you want to learn from the Christian contemplative tradition and the wisdom of other traditions?  Authentic spiritual leadership is greatly needed. This program provides resources for leadership of both short and long-term contemplative groups and retreats.

For Testimonials, please click here.

For more information, please click here.

For Application Form, please click here.

Nurturing the Call— Spiritual Guidance Program

Do you companion others on their spiritual journeys?  Do you desire support and enrichment for this ministry?  Since 1978, Shalem's Spiritual Guidance Program has been renowned for offering an environment that nurtures an increasing openness to the many ways God's Spirit is seeking to be alive in both our participants and in those whom they companion on life's spiritual journey. 

For Testimonials, please click here.

For more information, please click here.

For Application Form, please click here.

  Shalem Awarded for Commitment to Data Transparency

"Congratulations, Shalem Institute! You have just earned the Silver participation level for your organization through the GuideStar Exchange.
This is a testament to your organization’s commitment to data transparency."
-- The GuideStar Exchange Team


We're Hiring an Intern- Ongoing Opportunity

Please join us in looking for an intern who may serve as a Technology Assistant for our growing needs.  Could this be you, or someone you know?  Hiring is ongoing and open for this position.  A small stipend is offered for a 4 month period of work.  Download the description to share with your networks here.

Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation nurtures contemplative living and leadership by caring for the spiritual heart in prayer and by offering ways of opening into the life of the Spirit.  We believe that living contemplatively is essential in today's often chaotic and challenging world.   And it is a way to live a truly authentic life—anchored in prayer, spiritually discerning, responsive to God.

Our programs and resources draw particularly on the Christian contemplative tradition, and our participants come from many different denominations, faith traditions, and walks of life.
At Shalem, we honor each individual spiritual path and welcome anyone who would seek to learn from the contemplative way.

To read more about Contemplative Spirituality, please click on the image below. 

Shalem is connected around the globe!  

Pulse aquí para leer la monografía de nuestro personal "¿Qué es la espiritualidad contemplativa?" en español.

여기를 누르시면 샬렘 선임연구원들의 논문 "관상적 영성이란 무엇인가?"를한글로 읽으실 수 있습니다. 





For Shalem Grads

  • Check out our Programs by Shalem Graduates page to see all the wonderful things our Grads are doing around the world! Contact us to post your programs!
  • Register now for the Annual Society Gathering. 

For more information, please click here

*Reconnect and start your own Shalem Circle

Not in our local area? Shalem Graduates Offer Programs in Many Regions

New listings all over the world!  We have had programs in ID, IN, MD, NY, TX, VA, DC, WV, Austria, Canada, Italy.  Click here to find an offering near you. 

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Such an easy way to support us! Need a new prayer cushion, prayer bench, or bell?  Buy through our Amazon link above and Shalem receives a percentage of the proceeds. 

Can't find what you're looking for at the Shalem Store? Please use through Shalem's web site. Shalem is now an Amazon associate, which means that when you make purchases at by coming through the Amazon links on Shalem's web site, Shalem will earn a portion of your purchase. It's a win-win! Use the link below or on any of the side bars to shop at today!   Many thanks.

Many thanks to our dedicated photographers in our programs who provide us with photos for our website.
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