We understand contemplation as
the process of seeing God in everything, and tactical contemplation as a set of contemplative practices that may be applied
to respond contemplatively to the exigencies of daily living. See our page on contemplation and tactical contemplation.
So how do we create a contemplative community given the
realities of our twenty-first-century lives? Well, we do it electronically. That’s
what the ICL is about, creating an electronic community, a sort of monastery without walls, of people interested in contemplation,
but who live at a distance from one another.
Our website is the place where the contemplative practices may be explored.
We offer our associates, the members of our electronic community, various kinds of resources to assist them in living
contemplative lives in active day to day activities. We offer “Contemplative Thoughts for the Week”
as a way of suggesting contemplative tactics from the rich Eastern Christian ascetical and contemplative tradition.
We also offer “Contemplative Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary” to connect contemplative practice
to each person’s weekly worship in their own communities. And we offer various other papers and articles
to help our associates to become more contemplative in the midst of their daily living.
As time goes on as our associates identify needs and concerns, we will, if we have the financial resources to do
so, offer online courses and seminars. So let us know what you think and need. We want
this contemplative community to respond tactically to our associates’ needs and the demanding life our associates lead.
And pray for the money to be able to expand our website (or give a large donation!) to fill those needs.