Turned Outside In: Spiritual Silence for Saints and the Rest of Us

Too often we think that silence is a spiritual practice meant for those living in cloisters or those of us who go on the occasional silent retreat. But, as English Quaker William Littleboy reminds us, “God is above all the God of the normal. In the common facts and circumstances of life, [the Divine] draws near to us, quietly.” We’ll look together at how spiritual silence can be a centering, nurturing practice in the midst of a busy, and often noisy, daily life. Brent Bill is a minister, photographer, retreat leader, author, and Quaker—albeit one who concedes he’s not always good at being a good Quaker. He is the author of more than two dozen books, among them Awaken Your Senses, Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality, Mind the Light: Learning to See with Spiritual Eyes, and Sacred Compass: The Path of Spiritual Discernment.