Loving the Questions

“Your questions are of the devil,” I was told at an evangelical youth conference in high school. My insides responded confused, “huh? What the hell just happened?!” But, instead of speaking up, I went along with the adult in the room and regretfully shut my mouth.

Patient Endurance: A Conversation with Sister Barbara Jean LaRochester

Sister Barbara Jean LaRochester is a Carmelite nun in Baltimore, where she’s been a Catholic sister since 1972. Previously, she spent 17 years in Philadelphia as an active nun working in a Catholic hospital and teaching on the weekends. She was also a board member of the National Black Sisters Conference and was active in theContinue reading “Patient Endurance: A Conversation with Sister Barbara Jean LaRochester”

We Are Interconnected: A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey

In her book Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology, Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey writes, “Black spirituality is deeper than-and can also be absent from-any relationship with the Church universal. Black spirituality, especially Black women’s spirituality, is connected to our very being.” In this episode of Contemplating Now, Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey shares about contemplation’s role in activism and asks, “What does protest mean for a scholar?”

New Podcast: Contemplating Now

NEW PODCAST ALERT 🚨 I’m Very excited to begin bringing you conversations with scholars, mystics, and activists, as we explore the undeniable intersection of contemplation + social justice. Contemplation has been a part of my life since I was a child taking long walks to pause and process. In 2011, after reading Thomas Merton’s NewContinue reading “New Podcast: Contemplating Now”

My White Problem

Adapted into an Op-Ed in the IndyStar If the news in America has flashed across your screen in any manner, then you know that ignorance and white supremacy culture are on full display. It’s easy to name it, scoff at it, recognize it as damaging, and know—or think, one is on the right side ofContinue reading “My White Problem”

One Leaf: An End of Year Blessing

Wherever you are at the end of this year, maybe you need to stay, maybe you need to let go, but I urge you to carry forth the resilience you have proven. I ask that you remember the grief you have waded and the awakenings you have come to know.

“Now I will Disappear”

The fullness of liberation lies with the fullness of voices. And so long as I participate in perpetuating the domination of cis-white-male voices in spiritual leadership, I perpetuate slower movement toward the fullness of liberation for all people (shoutout to Womanist methodology).

Sacramental Action

To what am I willing to be present and awake? What ills of society am I identifying with? How am I yielding to social action as sacramental?

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About Me

I’m Cassidy Hall. I’m an author, filmmaker, podcaster, student, and trained counselor. Currently, I work as a Teaching Assistant at Christian Theological Seminary where I’m studying for my MDiv and MTS degrees. I also serve as Student Pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ where I’ve begun the ordination process. Since 2017, I’ve has served as the secretary of the International Thomas Merton Society, and more recently have been added to the board of enfleshed.