Holy Listening

“Listen carefully, my daughter, my son, to my instructions and attend to them with the ear of your heart. This is advice from one who loves you; welcome it and faithfully put it into practice.” 

- Prologue, The Rule of St. Benedict 


VIDEO - Rev. Margaret Guenther, PhD, is a teacher, Episcopal priest, writer, listener, and grandmother. Author of several seminal books such asHoly Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction, a contemporary classic in the field of spiritual direction. She lives in Washington, DC.Rev. In this10-minute video, Rev. Guenther speaks candidly about the power of our life stories, mutual listening, human brokenness, and God who is love.

MOVIE - The Shack(2017) A drama film based on the novel by William P. Young that explores themes of loss, grief, and redemption through the main character's journey of holy listening.

TED TALK - The power of listening by William Ury, cofounder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and one of the world’s best-known and most influential experts on negotiation. In this 15-min video, Ury explains how listening is the essential, and often overlooked, half of communication. His stories of candid conversations with presidents and business leaders provide us with impactful lessons, such as understanding the power of a human mind opening up. He asks us to join a listening revolution, and promises that if we all just listen a little bit more, we can transform any relationship.


SERMON - The First Sunday in Lent, by The Rev. Annie Knazs Jung

INTERVIEW - ”Listening as an Act of Love” with David Isay on On Being: In this episode, David Isay, founder of StoryCorps, shares his wisdom about listening as an act of love, and how eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.


BOOK - In Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its lead toward a sense of meaning and purpose.

BLOG POST - An option for Lent: focus on growing as a listener and Holy Listening by Lynne Baab.

BLOG POST - The Gift of Deep Listening. Kay Lindahl, an author and founder of The Listening Center, writes of the inherently sacred nature of reflective listening:

BLOG POST - A Listening Heart. Retreat leader and journalist Judith Valente writes of the importance of listening in Benedictine spirituality.

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