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As we move to making Hungryhearts an electronic publication, we are posting articles from previous issues that have not been available electronically.

Thomas Merton: Contemplation in Action
by Terrence A. Taylor

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a member of a Roman Catholic monastic community that embraced silence, yet he spoke volumes about the most important spiritual issues of our day. He was an enormously complex man who sought silence, solitude and contemplation while at the same time living an active life that led him to friendships with hundreds of people scattered throughout the world.  Although his movement and communication was quite restricted for the 27 years that he was a member of the Cistercian order, he played a key role in shaping historical events by speaking out on important moral issues of his day. His leadership established him as a model for how people of faith from all walks of life can immerse themselves in a spirituality that will naturally give rise to concerns for their fellow human beings and for all of God's creation.

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Communal Discernment:  Choosing with God in Community
By Steven Wirth

We as Christians seek to grow closer in relationship with God.  A challenge in doing this is how to make our life choices better reflect God’s values.  In the early stages of our spiritual lives this may seem a rather simple and clear-cut practice.  As individuals, seeking to do good and avoid evil can carry us a long way.  For some people this simple focus remains profound and spiritually rich.  Perhaps the circumstances of their lives are such that they face few complex questions.

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The Early Church Finds Its Way: Discernment in the Acts of the Apostles
by Bonnie Bowman Thurston

Your General Assembly has created a task force with the mandate to lead the church “in spiritual discernment of [your] Christian identity.” It seems to me that an obvious source for this is St. Luke’s Acts of the Apostles, the story of the early Church’s growth and development. “How did the early Church in Jerusalem discern the will of God?” is the question I asked myself.

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