I’m so honored and grateful to have an essay included in the recently published book Soul Food: Nourishing Essays on Contemplative Living and Leadership. This book was published in September to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Shalem Institute, the community that first introduced me to silent prayer, meditation and contemplative practice, back when I was in graduate school in the 1980s.
Soul Food includes a diverse range of voices that look at contemplative living and leadership from a prophetic and inclusionary perspective. My essay, “God’s Pronouns” explores the vexing question of how we image God as male (or female, or even nonbinary) and how our image of God can shed light on our own understanding of gender, both for ourselves and for society.
Soul Friend‘s publisher has just released a free PDF study guide that you can download to use with Soul Food, both for personal reflection but also for group/class discussion. This book would make a great text for Sunday School classes, Centering Prayer groups, monastic associate/oblate groups, or any individual or community interested in taking your contemplative practice into bold and exciting new directions.
I owe the Shalem community a huge debt of gratitude for introducing me to contemplative prayer, spiritual direction, and the daily practice of intentional silence; and so it was such a joy to express my appreciation for Shalem by contributing an essay to this book. I hope you enjoy the book and find the study guide helpful.
Remember, you can also get a free PDF study/discussion guide for The New Big Book of Christian Mysticism. For the details and to download that PDF, click here.