Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church

by Barbara A. Holmes. Augsburg Fortress , 2004.


This resource explores the Black Church's longstanding history with contemplative practice through the author's research of oral tradition, church records, and written accounts.


contemplative spirituality, history of contemplative practices in the Black Church, individual and corporate worship

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Design a sermon series on contemplative sprituality by referring to this resource for guidance.
  • Make an intentional return to individual and corporate worship by sharing this resource with worship leaders.

About the Contributor

Beth Booram

Beth Booram is the co-founder and director of Fall Creek Abbey, an urban retreat center in Indianapolis dedicated to “renewing the contemplative spirit.” In addition, she is a trained spiritual director and author of several books including When Faith Becomes Sight. Beth worked for five years on contract as a resource consultant with the Center for Congregations. 


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