For over a thousand years, cathedrals have been sites of pilgrimage. They are places of holy hospitality that nourish the soul and spark spiritual insights.
The Center for Spiritual Imagination is dedicated to reimagining this heritage for spiritual seekers in our contemporary American context. Through a rich variety of innovative gatherings, programs and services, the Center for Spiritual Imagination will be a catalyst for the integration of contemplative prayer and just practice in daily life.
The Center for Spiritual Imagination is currently engaged in three initiatives: A new contemplative service in the cathedral on Tuesday nights is drawing many from within and beyond the church into a deeper relationship with God, self and others. Our new Meditation and Justice group on the campus of Adelphi University is a pilot for new forms of campus ministry which respond to students who name a need for spiritual development but may not identify with an organized religion. And through an innovative relationship with the sheriff's office in Nassau County, we are beginning a contemplative ministry at one of the nations largest county jails, serving both those incarcerated and those working for the department of corrections.
Events and Programs
Meditation and Contemplative Prayer
Practicing the Presence of God
Tuesdays at 7:30pm
The Christian tradition of contemplative prayer can be traced back to Jesus who went to the desert to pray in solitude before many of the most significant events in his life. Following in that tradition, we will meet once per week to enter the desert of our hearts, emptying ourselves so we can welcome what Catherine Doherty called "the whisperings and light of the Holy Spirit."
Our aim will be to make these practices relevant to our lives, here and now, by co-creating an environment in which it is safe to show up as we are: with our heartbreaks, fears, anxieties, as well as our joys, successes, aspirations and hopes. We will learn to sit with it all until we can be stirred by a sense of the Divine breaking into our midst, stirring us with direction and guidance. Our hope will be that through this experience we will be guided into a "remembrance" of who we are in God and how our lives can, as one monastic writer said, "manifest God through our own uniqueness" and "reflect God rather than the false self."
Meditation & Justice Series at Adelphi
Wednesday, November 20, 1pm to 2:30pm
The new Meditation & Justice series at Adelphi University's Interfaith Center offers campus-wide public events with conversations about building lives of meaning and communities of belonging and justice.
The next public event on November 20 is titled "Spiritual Responses to the World's Hungers: Spiritual, Bodily, Communal, an Interfaith Dialogue" and will take place in Adelphi's Nexus Building, Room 239. Speakers include yoga teacher, author, and co-founder of the Urban Yogis project Eddie Stern and social justice movement lawyer, Catholic nun, and tribal citizen of the Ani-Yun-Wiya United Cherokee nation Sr. Alison McCrary, SFCC.
The event is co-sponsored and supported by the cathedral's Center for Spiritual Imagination.
The Rev. Adam Bucko
Co-Founder and Director
The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Sniffen
The Rev. Morgan Mercer Ladd
Co-Founder and Communications Director