Carl McColman is a contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader and teacher. He is the author of several books, including Befriending Silence, Answering the Contemplative Call, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He blogs for Patheos, as well as his own website, www.carlmccolman.com. He is the co-host of a podcast called Encountering Silence.
Carl is a life-professed Lay Cistercian (a layperson under formal spiritual guidance of Cistercian monks) affiliated with the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. He first received formation in the practice of Christian spirituality and contemplative leadership through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and learned the art of spiritual direction through the Institute of Pastoral Studies.
Along with his wife, Carl co-directs the RCIA of St. Thomas More Church in Decatur, GA. This is an ancient, year-round program of spiritual formation for adults who are preparing to receive the sacraments of Christian initiation.
About his ministry, Carl says, “I help Christians and other seekers respond to the healing love of God through prayer, silence, and discernment, so to embody a joyful life of creativity, service and delight.” He does this by passionately encouraging his audience to embrace contemplative spirituality, to drink from the deep wells of Christian wisdom beginning with scripture and the wisdom of saints and mystics, and to apply such insight to the challenges and concerns of everyday life.
As a Christian author and speaker, Carl also believes in the importance of interfaith dialogue and interspirituality. He says, “I have found that my conscientious exploration of spirituality outside of Christianity has served to deepen my faith in Christ and my conviction that God loves all people.” While his work is grounded in the Christian tradition, Carl loves positive dialogue with people of all faiths and enjoys participating in positive interfaith and interspiritual events.