Practicing Contemplative Silence

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    Contemplative silence has always been part of the Christian experience and of the preparation for Christian ministry.  But how might contemplative silence be practiced in the context of evangelical theological education?
    In this course, Joseph Asong will lead you in a critical exploration of Henri Nouwen's lament that contemplative silence is lost to theological education today.  You will explore both the Scriptural foundations of contemplative silence and what it might look like in a theological school today. 

    This course is especially useful to theological educators wishing to sharpen their thinking and skills in spiritual formation. 

    Course Outcomes

    On completion of this nanocourse, you will understand the thinking of Henri Nouwen on contemplative silence and be able to critically apply it to your practice in theological education. 

    Course content
    • Henri Nouwen's ideas on contemplative silence and Scripture 
    • Applying contemplative silence today
    • Contemplative silence and accountability
    • The obstacles to contemplative silence


    This course is authored by Joseph Asong. Joseph is a graduating student at London School of Theology/Middlesex University under the Masters in Theological Education program. He has taught as a part time lecturer at Cameroon Grace Bible Institute and also served there as the Registrar and helped start Malawi Grace Bible School in 2013 where he currently serves as a learning facilitator and the Dean of Academics. 

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online nanocourse.


    2 hours of learning

    ICETE Academy points

    2 points

    Completion requirements

    You will need to watch one video and read an article, discuss Nouwen with your colleagues and pass a short quiz.

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