Episode 24 | Silence and Solitude with Ruth Haley Barton

Silence and Solitude

We continue our special Lenten podcast series with author and spiritual director, Ruth Haley Barton, and this brief introduction to the spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude. Ruth considers the unique gift these practices offer us, why they can be so challenging, and the way that these practices look different depending on our season of life.

Where We Encounter God

“Solitude and silence in particular is where we encounter God, but it is also the place that’s most challenging for us on so many different levels.” – Ruth Haley Barton

We hope you’re encouraged to start right where you are, even if that’s just a minute or two of silence in the morning before the day begins, or at night to allow the sediment of the day to settle and to see more clearly what’s most important.

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Learn more about Ruth Haley Barton.

Watch the full Online Conversation and read the transcript.

Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:
Richard Rohr
Dallas Willard

Related Trinity Forum Readings:

Devotions by John Donne and paraphrased by Philip Yancey
The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine of Hippo
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
A Spiritual Pilgrimage by Malcolm Muggeridge

Related Conversations:
Liturgy of the Ordinary in Extraordinary Times with Tish Harrison Warren
Caring for Words in a Culture of Lives with Marilyn McEntyre
Invitation to Solitude and Silence, with Ruth Haley Barton
Evening Conversation | On the Road with Saint Augustine, with James K.A. Smith and Elizabeth Bruenig

Special thanks to Ned Bustard for the artwork and Andrew Peterson for the music.

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