Explore the beauty, importance, and vitality of silence, as we explore the spirituality, psychology, and sheer humanity of silence.
Maisie Sparks: Enjoying God in the Silence
A conversation with spiritual director and author Maisie Sparks (Holy Shakespeare, Christmas Quiet).
Encountering a New Silence with Dr. Beverly Lanzetta
A conversation with visionary contemplative author Dr. Beverly Lanzetta, author of "A New Silence."
Sophfronia Scott: Silence, the Seeker, and the Monk
Sophfronia Scott speaks to Encountering Silence about her latest book, in which she explores her interest in the Trappist monk Thomas Merton.
Barbara Brown Taylor: Silence, Vulnerability, and Love (Part Two)
Part Two of Our Episode with New York Times bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor, author of "When God is Silent" and many other books.
Barbara Brown Taylor: Silence, Vulnerability, and Love (Part One)
Part one of our two-part conversation with New York Times bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor.
Encountering Silence and Contemplating Now
In today's episode of Encountering Silence, we visit co-host Cassidy Hall's new podcast, Contemplating Now: A Podcast Exploring the Intersection of Contemplation and Social Justice. Join us as we listen to wisdom from previous Encountering Silence guest, Therese Taylor-Stinson: spiritual director, author, and ordained deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).
Great content; needs better sound engineering
This is a wonderful podcast on silence and contemplation. It has very wise and thought-provoking guests. Although the background of the hosts seems to be Catholic Christian, the podcast itself crosses boundaries of faith and denomination to explore the basic human need we all have (even if we ignore it) for silence to encounter something beyond ourselves. I am often disappointed, though, that the sound quality is so uneven. Listening to a recent interview with Cynthia Bourgeault, I could barely hear her and would turn the volume up on my speaker to catch what she was saying. Then suddenly Kevin Johnson would ask a question and his voice would blast out of the speaker forcing me to turn the volume way down. It was very frustrating having to constantly have a hand on the volume control. I recognize that this podcast is often recorded from a video platform (even before Covid-19), but other podcasts are also recorded this way without the resulting huge variance in voice levels. It would really benfit from some post-interview sound engineering.
I came across this podcast while doing a search for contemplative content. This is the time of year where I intentionally let my mind take a back seat and allow myself more space to “encounter.” The conversations between the co-hosts are insightful and engaging - a nice mix of both head and heart. I also appreciate the plentiful show notes that are included with each episode.
I enjoy each podcast with both the penetrating questions and guests that have deep spiritual knowledge. Many times I will listen to a podcast 2/3 times. I’ve also been impressed with the 30 second silence break, they practice what is in their hearts. Thank you, Encountering Silence.