Everyday Contemplative

A Lenten Online Experience with Roger Owens

What does it mean to be contemplative? Many of us carry around stereotypical pictures of contemplative types—people who seem so unlike us that there is no way we could ever be contemplatives. But what if the word contemplative doesn’t just name a narrowly defined kind of prayer but also an approach to all prayer? And what if the same word doesn’t denote a specific way of life—extreme, alone with lots of somber sitting—but can describe any life that seeks to be more open, available, and responsive to God?

In other words, most contemplatives are everyday contemplatives—people living common, ordinary lives, responding to a call of divine love from God who speaks into the depths of their being.

This Lent, Roger Owens invites us to approach prayer and life differently. We’ll explore a contemplative approach applicable to all spiritual practices—indeed, to life itself. Each week will focus on a particular characteristic of contemplative living: longing, attention, patience, playfulness, vulnerability, nonjudgment, and freedom. We’ll begin each week with a reading and spiritual practice designed to set a focus for the week. Each day, we’ll be guided in a simple practice designed to deepen our awareness of the week’s theme.

Our online experience includes:

  • Weekly LIVE sessions with Roger Owens and The Upper Room staff and friends.
    – Mondays from 6:00-6:45pm CENTRAL time, February 20 through April 3.
    – All LIVE sessions are recorded for those unable to join live.
  • Weekly readings from Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living.
  • Daily spiritual practice prompts.
  • An online space for comments and conversation.


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Your Instructor


Roger Owens
Roger Owens

L. Roger Owens is associate professor of Christian spirituality and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. An ordained United Methodist minister, Roger has pastored urban and rural congregations in North Carolina. He is married to Rev. Ginger Thomas, and they are the parents of three children. Roger loves to read, sing, listen to his children make music, and take quiet walks.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the eCourse start and finish?
The eCourse is intended to start with Lent and continue for six weeks, from Ash Wednesday through Easter. But it will remain open indefinitely. It’s self-paced, so you can decide when to start and when to finish.
How long do I have access to the eCourse?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this eCourse for as long as you like—across any and all devices you own. We’ll give you plenty of notice should we need to close the eCourse.
What if I am unhappy with the eCourse?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Who sponsors these eCourses?
This eCourse is brought to you by The Upper Room.

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