Reflections by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault and friends

The Kenotic Journey of Holy Week

“Jesus’s real purpose in this sacrifice was to wager his own life against his core conviction that love is stronger than death, and that the laying down of self which is the essence of this love leads not to death, but to life.” ~ Cynthia Bourgeault

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The Epicenter of Christianity is Love

“The epicenter of Christianity is Love, and this week we are entering the epicenter. May we do so in Love.” ~ Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault

Palm-SundayOn April 17, 2013, as thousands of eager runners rushed past Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver BC for the annual Sun Run, inside listeners sat hushed and still as Cynthia Bourgeault delivered a riveting and powerful  Palm Sunday sermon.

As Cynthia starts her sermon referring to the congregation having just heard the traditional, ceremonial reading of the passion gospel to mark the beginning of Holy Week,  she asks “…what sort of a message are we actually projecting here?” Continue reading

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The Wisdom Way of Knowing – Book Review

The following book review of The Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault was originally posted on March 10, 2014 at Abbey for the Arts: http://abbeyofthearts.com/blog/2014/03/10/abbey-bookshelf-the-wisdom-way-of-knowing-by-cynthia-bourgeault/


This review is written by long-time fellow monk in the world Edith O’Nuallain:

This book, penned by a modern day mystic and internationally known writer and teacher, offers a clear and concise introduction to Wisdom teachings as they manifest across a variety of faith traditions.  Though its primary locus of practice is based on Christian monastic traditions, specifically Benedictine monasticism, the author, Cynthia Bourgeault, imbues her teachings with flavours from other sources, most notably Sufism and Gurdjieff’s ‘Work’. Bourgeault identifies Jesus as a “moshel meshalim”, a master of Wisdom teaching. Few of us are familiar with this face of Jesus. Continue reading

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Jesus and Sacred Wisdom

On November 8th 2013, Cynthia Bourgeault provided a presentation on Jesus and Sacred Wisdom at the Moravian Seminary Couillard Lectures. This lecture has been video recorded and is available for viewing here: Jesus and Sacred Wisdom

Cynthia at Moravian Lecture Nov 2013

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Beggars in Paradise: The Bhutan Adventure

The following post from Cynthia includes pictures by Cynthia and Gwen (http://gwenborg.wordpress.com/)

The first inkling that a Bhutan pilgrimage might be headed my way arrived circuitously, through an email forwarded on to me from the Contemplative Society:

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AGM Letters from TCS President and Cynthia Bourgeault

President’s Report

The Contemplative Society AGM, February 22, 2014

When I was thinking about presenting the President’s Report to this year’s AGM the theme that kept coming to me was gratitude. There is so much that I am grateful for and thought beneficial to share.  Continue reading

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“In Pursuit Of Wholeness”

“Sojourners” has an important interview this month with Cynthia Bourgeault.

Here are four excerpts from the interview. But the whole thing is well worth reading at: http://sojo.net/magazine/2014/02/pursuit-wholeness

TaizeI would say that I’m creating a bridge between contemplative Christianity and action. I bring forth some of the skills in the contemplative path to help avoid the usual pitfalls of burnout, violence, judgment, and hypocrisy, and also to bring forth some of the prophetic and compassionate skills in the action traditions to help contemplatives move beyond the sense that the domain of their wisdom is “inner” work. There really is no inner and outer: There’s one world. Continue reading

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Red Hat’s in Town


We would like to share with you a this wonderfully descriptive poem by recent Wisdom School participant Faye Cox,  that so creatively captures our Teacher, Cynthia Bourgeault.


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