Annual Society Gathering

October 28, 2012 - November 1, 2012
MarriottsvilleMD 21104


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“Shalem always seems to be what I need.”

“I feel grounded again in my contemplative leadership. Thank you for your commitment to this grace filled ministry!”

— Comments from previous Society Gathering Participants. Read more comments of “Why I Attend the Society Gathering” by clicking here.


The Seventh Annual Gathering of Shalem’s Society for Contemplative Leadership

October 28 – November 1, 2012

Gathering begins at 4pm on Sunday, October 28 and ends after lunch on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

HOPE AND COURAGE: Empowering Contemplative Leadership for These Times
Hope and courage are more important than ever for contemplative leadership today, especially to break through what is stale or oppressive, fearful or depleted in social, political and religious structures. We need to re-claim a shared Spirit-infused vision of possibility, fortified by fresh freedom and imagination.

This Gathering will explore contemplatively grounded practices in community for imagining and realizing possibilities.

We will consider three dimensions of hope and courage:

?Contemplative Hope – a way of looking at the world
Not evading the “powers” but looking at them through the eye of the heart, free for God’s hope

?Contemplative Intercession – a way of joining God’s prayer for the world
Opening ourselves together for spontaneous litanies of lament and hope

?Contemplative Courage – a way of risk-taking action for the dream of God
Responding to our callings and offering our gifts for courageous engagement with the world through contemplative leadership

These themes will be carried out through a rhythm of prayer, song, silence, small groups, and plenary sessions, with opportunities to share our stories of empowered hope, courage and struggle in our contemplative leadership. The daily rhythm and components of our time will be similar to last year. The special context of our week, All Saints Day and the upcoming national elections, may bring additional stories and questions to our time concerning our contemplatively grounded leadership.

Bon Secours Spiritual Center
1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104
(410) 442-8219


As one of the components of the Society for Contemplative Leadership, the annual gathering is open to all people who have completed the second residency of Shalem’s Extension programs: Clergy Spiritual Life & Leadership Program, Facilitating Group Spiritual Direction Program, Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program, Personal Spiritual Deepening Program, Spiritual Guidance Program, and Soul of the Executive Program.

Please note: if you are a graduate of one of Shalem’s extension programs and are considering membership in the Society, you are welcome to come to the annual gathering to discern if the Society is right for you at this time.


$740 Early bird registration before Sept. 15; $790 after Sept. 15
Cost includes tuition, room and board.


To register online, please click here.

For more information, please contact Program Registrar, Chris Jeffrey ( [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), (301-897-7334)



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