How We Got Here,
What We Do
Center for Spiritual Wisdom was launched in 2016 as a regional spirituality center for Western North Carolina and beyond. In 2015, Rob Field sensed an inner calling to use his 23 years of experience in church ministry in a new context. In April 2016, he said good-bye to a wonderful faith community in Brevard and opened the doors of Center for Spiritual Wisdom soon after.
In conjunction with a circle of advisors, teachers and like-minded students, Rob felt led to offer spiritual practices as tools of transformation for the common good. Here's the full Vision Statement that guides the board, program staff, and advisors for the Center:
The Vision: Center for Spiritual Wisdom will be a comprehensive resource for teaching spiritual practices as tools of transformation for the common good. The Center will seek to align its work with God’s loving presence & action in the world.
- The Center will serve all seekers — whoever they are & wherever they are on their spiritual journeys.
- The Center’s offerings will promote compassionate action and transformative growth in relationship to God, neighbor, self, creation, & cosmos through the integration of practice, learning, engagement & reflection. The Center will emphasize experiential learning through spiritual practices, real-world engagement, peer teaching & other learning methods.
- The Center will be rooted in the Perennial Tradition* as expressed in the contemplative & progressive dimensions of Christianity. It will be intentionally ecumenical & open to the wisdom** of various faith traditions. The Center’s leaders & teachers will reflect these qualities.
- The Center will strive to integrate the active and contemplative dimensions of life: soul work & justice work, science & spirituality, faith & reason, individual needs & the public good.
- The leaders of the Center will function as a circle of trust & promote an ethic of caring companionship in their collaborations.
- In the work of the Center, spiritual practices will be defined broadly to include traditional disciplines such as lectio divina & contemplative prayer, personal learning tools such as the Enneagram, & contemporary approaches such as social justice engagement, eco-spirituality & sustainable agriculture.
- The Center will offer multiple learning opportunities: 1-day workshops, multi-day retreats, ongoing spiritual practice groups & multi-week courses of study. The offerings of the Center will be held in a variety of settings, including colleges, churches, conference centers, etc.
- The Center will be based in Brevard, N.C. & serve all geographical areas within a half day’s drive of Brevard: western N.C., upper S.C., central N.C., eastern TN, northern GA & southern VA. After a time, the Center may offer Internet-learning opportunities at a distance.
- The Center will be funded initially by individual donors and grants. After a 24-month start-up period, the school will be sustained financially by revenue generated from its offerings, annual fund-raisers & by line-item funding from the judicatories of various denominations.
*Fr. Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action & Contemplation, says the Perennial Tradition “encompasses the recurring themes in all of the world’s religions and philosophies that continue to say: There is a Divine Reality underneath and inherent in the world of things; There is in the human soul a natural capacity, similarity, and longing for this Divine Reality; and The final goal of existence is union with this Divine Reality.”
**The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault describes spiritual wisdom as “a higher level of human consciousness…. It is the original Integral Knowing. Wisdom is not about knowing more, but about knowing deeper…. It is fundamentally accessed through spiritual practice.”
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