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Contemplation and Action

I founded the Center for Action and Contemplation, hoping to meet a need I witnessed while working with activists. Too many people I knew were burning out and becoming disillusioned, or their activism was motivated by a sense of superiority and self-righteousness. The little word “and” is the most important part of our name. Both contemplative practice and compassionate action are essential. Without action, our spirituality is lifeless and bears no authentic fruit. Without contemplation, all our doing comes from ego—even if it looks selfless—and can cause more harm than good. External behavior must be connected to and supported by inner guidance.

 —Richard Rohr

September 29, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: Contemplation and Action

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