Dear Listeners, Help Us Spread the Word About Silence!

We live in a world that is getting noisier and noisier.

More and more people recognize that we need silence, not only for our spiritual well-being, but for psychological, creative, and even physical wellness.

But for many of us, silence is elusive. We struggle with noise — both outside and within. And many of us also struggle with “toxic” silence: situations where we find that a kind of silence has been imposed on us (or on others): not the silence of contemplation, but the silence of oppression or rejection.

Our podcast, Encountering Silence, was created to be a forum where people could come together to celebrate healthy silence, take a stand against toxic silence, and explore how best to respond to the noisy world we live in.

The podcast has exceeded our wildest expectations. We have made new friends and strengthened existing relationships. We have learned so much, especially from the amazing dialogue partners who have joined with us — people like Parker Palmer, Kathleen Norris, Richard Rohr, and Barbara Holmes.

It’s been a tremendous joy, and as we approach our 1st anniversary, we are excited about what is to come.

But we also are conscious that podcasting requires a significant investment in time, in equipment, and in labor. We have been humbled by what a big job it is. Frankly, if there weren’t three of us, we might not have been able to pull it off.

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So friends, we want to humbly ask for your help.

Would you pitch in a small amount each month — to help us continue to record and produce new episodes of our podcast?

You can pledge a dollar a month — or $3, or $5. It’s all good! Sure, you can give more if you want, but we’re just asking for whatever amount it would be a joy for you to give — to help us to continue to produce Encountering Silence. enables people like you who enjoy listening to our podcast to make a small monthly pledge to support this work.

When you do this, you help us to continue creating the podcast you love — episodes that inform and inspire people about the beauty, splendor, and necessity of freely embraced silence.

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Most of all: Thank You!

Thank you so much— for your support, your prayers, for listening to our episodes, and most of all, simply for being someone who cares about silence and poetry and contemplation. Together, we are little by little helping to bring about a much needed spiritual revolution!

Yours in Silent Love,

Carl, Cassidy, and Kevin

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Carl McColman
Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.


  1. Encountering Silence,

    I think you guys are great! This is one of two podcasts I listen to. I’ve been working my way from the first podcasts, so I am not quite up to the current podcast. Nevertheless I love these explorations in silence!

    I have a couple of resources and suggestions for your consideration. Perhaps you’ve mentioned it but I would offer to you the best resource on silence I know, Robert Sardello’s Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness.

    I once heard Carl talk about our society not knowing how to initiate our youth. May I recommend Michael Meade at Mosaic Voices? And if you take requests, I would love to hear you interview him!

    Finally I also heard a podcast here with requests for fun reads. To that I would offer the Tenzing Norbu mystery series by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay. I also recommend Sherman Alexie (anything, but his poetry is lovely) and Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (a more challenging read).

    Thank you for this podcast!

    Many blessings,

    1. Kelly, thank you so much for listening (and for supporting the podcast through Patreon!) Your words and your support are truly a blessing for us.

      Lots of great suggestions in this comment (I, for one, have never heard of the Tenzing Norbu mystery series), so I know we’ll have fun exploring. And I love the idea of talking with Michael Meade, so we’ll see if we can make that happen.

      With gratitude,


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