Center for Spiritual Imagination

Contemplative Practice for Just Living

The Center for Spiritual Imagination exists to deepen and enrich human relationships with God, self and neighbor in new and ancient ways. Our work is rooted in a spiritual ecology that has an ancient rhythm, is committed to nurturing community and is focused on doing justice in the world. We are engaging practices that help us embrace our full humanity and express the love of God by living justly. 

Our practice exists at the margins of the church (or at its heart) where communion with God and each other eclipses religious affiliations - where the spiritual needs of seekers, doubters and religious practitioners converge. 

Our experiences, programs and services are open to all. We acknowledge particularly the gifts present in those who identify as Spiritual But Not Religious: a dynamic segment of the human community open to practices at the depths of the Christian tradition who often find official aspects of religion averse to spiritual growth. In an age marked by the institutional decline of Christianity in America, we are reimagining how the church will gather and grow now and in the future.

Our website and social media will launch in May, 2020.

Events and Programs

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Meditation and Contemplative Prayer: Online

Tuesdays, 8:15pm to 8:45pm

In this time of unprecedented uncertainty and stress we would like to invite you to pray with us by participating in an online version of our Tuesday night contemplative prayer service. We will practice making conscious contact with God by showing up as we are, gathering all of our fears, anxieties, and life circumstances that need special care, and simply bringing them to God. Our time together will include a guided meditation based on an ancient monastic prayer practice, time for intercession, silence, and beautiful ancient chants.

To join us, go to the Zoom app and enter Meeting ID 263 033 638 and Password 445381. Immediately following our practice, you are invited to stay for Compline (Night Prayer).

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Meditation and Justice at Adelphi University

Campus Ministry Program

Meditation and Justice is a campus ministry initiative developed by the Center for Spiritual Imagination. Utilizing the findings of the Pew Research Center and Harvard University’s How We Gather study on the religiosity of young adults in America, as well as our own original research on spiritual formation, ritual, performance, and social engagement, Meditation and Justice seeks to cultivate a new method of spiritual engagement with young adults on the campus of Adelphi University.

Our methodology re-imagines the Anglican contemplative tradition and connects it to the spiritual needs of students. We focus specifically on those who don’t identify with any religious tradition. We curate campus-wide public events, cultivate spaces of contemplative practice and heartful conversation, offer one-on-one mentoring and spiritual direction and invite students to participate in service opportunities that allow them to live their newly discovered spiritual values in the context of “hearing the cry of the poor and cry of the earth” (Leonardo Boff).

Founders

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The Rev. Adam Bucko

Co-Founder and Director

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The Rev. Morgan Mercer Ladd

Co-Founder

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The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Sniffen

Co-Founder

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Kris Vieira

Co-Founder and Communications Director