Don’t know who Howard Thurman is and why you should know about him?
Online Day Retreat 
Howard Thurman and his links to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.
Sponsored by The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation January 8, 2020, and accessible through April 1, 2020.
Clearing Your Heart for the New Decade: Accessing Inner Wisdom
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Have you ever wondered, what if my heart could to talk with me? What wisdom would it share? Do you sometimes receive inner guidance though aren’t sure if it is real? Or what to do with it?

Then this workshop is for you.

It is designed to help you access and listen to the inner wisdom of your heart by having conversations with it.  

A Light-heartened and Engaging Workshop

Saturday, February 8, 2020


Cost:  $20.20

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Facilitated by Lerita Coleman Brown

Lerita Coleman Brown, Ph.D. and Ayse I. Carden Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology at Agnes Scott College, has survived 25 years with a transplanted heart, 14 of them with a transplanted kidney as well. She also endured a heart valve replacement and pacemaker implant. Her medical ordeals fostered an unwavering advocacy of organ and tissue donation, contemplative spirituality, explorations of inner life, and the wisdom of Howard Thurman, all of which she promotes at, and on other social media platforms.

Meditations of the Heart-Mystical, Personal and Spiritual Wisdom
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When the Heart Speaks
Contemplative prayer, readings, silence, and a guided session of active imagination will explore the spiritual wisdom of the mystical heart.  Howard Thurman’s Meditations of the Heart and When the Heart Speaks, Listen—Discovering Inner Wisdom will serve as the backdrop to an invitation for deep inner listening.
Contemplative Enrichment Day
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Holy Family Retreat Center
West Hartford, CT

The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman

 with Lerita Coleman Brown, Ph.D.

Contemplative Outreach of Chicago

Saturday, June 6, 2020

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
Create Your Own Contemplative Event
 Tips for a 5 Minute Dip into Stillness
  1. Find a quiet place to sit comfortably inside or outside.
  2. Render all electronic devices inoperable (power down is the best option).  However, using airplane mode and setting the timer to 5minutes will work as well.
  3. Take at least 3 deep breaths exhaling and inhaling as much as you can.
  4. Gently let go of everything that is on your mind; any and all thoughts…
  5. 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.
  6. Repeat step 5 as many times as necessary until the timer beeps.
  7. Feel the Peace and Joy in your now still and quiet heart.
  8. Warning:   Spontaneous smiling and joy may occur at any time during this process.