Listening with the Heart: Dr. Kathleen Coyne on Contemplation, Compassion, and Community Development

Dr. Kathleen Coyne grew up among the indigenous peoples of Northern Canada, which set her on a lifelong journey as a community development expert and an advocate for equity and justice, especially with those who are on the margins. She’s also deeply committed to the spiritual path of Christian meditation. In this beautiful, heart-opening conversation, Kathleen shares how the spiritual practice of contemplative, heart-centered compassion and listening provides a powerful and grounded way to engage the needs of the most vulnerable.


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Upcoming virtual retreat Kathleen will lead with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth: “Listening as Sanctuary: Introduction to Compassionate Listening as Contemplative Practice.”

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syiyaya Reconciliation Movement, supporting dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast:

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