Contemplative | Activist | Writer | Theologian
Living authentically with and for the community with great joy and even greater risk.
Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices in the Black Church
"If the model for contemplation is Eurocentric, then the sacred experiences of indigenous people and their progeny will never fit the mold. But if contemplation is defined as an accessible and vibrant response to life and to a God who unleashes life toward its most diverse potentials, then practices that turn the human spirit inward may or may not be solitary or silent." ~ Barbara Holmes
An interconnected universe that invites and requires communal contemplation
"We respond to a deeply interdependent and responsive universe through shared experiences. This means that despite signs of postmodern fragmentation and the rise of radical individualism, we cannot carve out shared destinies in isolation. We are born not only into a wondrous and mysterious life space but also into communities of interpersonal reliance. These communities of care and crisis lend meaning and congruence to our lives and help to shape our collective stories. These stories and learned practices disclose the pitfalls and potential for human fulfillment, but more importantly, they describe a cosmos that is interwoven with mystery."
-- Barbara A. Holmes, Joy Unspeakable