Support the Café

Search our Site

The sacred in silence

The sacred in silence

In a column from Lancaster Online, Elizabeth Eisenstadt-Evans offers a reflection about the diminishing amount of silence in our world and the implications for our spiritual lives. She begins with three questions:

As silence threatens to become as extinct as the passenger pigeon, what is its absence doing to our spiritual lives?

Is wordless reverence relegated to the sidelines of a world in which many of us are wired 24/7 to devices that, every day, seem to become smarter and smarter than we are?

What has happened to the prayerful moments that allow us to be fully present to wonder and to grace?

For the full reflection, please visit Lancaster Online here.


Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

1 Comment
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

In her article, the author writes: “…all three of the Abrahamic traditions value prayerful silence.” That is true—but it is also UNKNOWN.

I am 81 years old, an Episcopalian from birth, and I have never heard a single parish sermon dedicated to promoting silence and the contemplative way. That homiletical silence is the enemy of sacred silence—if it is not taught, it will never be sought.

And it is exactly what the “spiritual, but not religious” people need, want, and long to hear.

Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café