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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 10, 2014
Local Episcopal priest honored

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault has been named the recipient of the 2014 Contemplative Voices Award presented by the Washington, D.C.-based Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, according to a news release from the institute.

The annual award was “created to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to contemplative understanding, living and leadership and whose witness helps others live from the divine wellspring of compassion, strength and authentic vision,” the release states.

Bourgeault is a Stonington resident and Episcopal priest, making her living over the past couple of decades primarily as an author and retreat leader. From 1989 to 1991, she was vicar of St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church on the island (from which she commuted by sailboat from her home on Swan’s Island). After a decade of teaching in Colorado and British Columbia, she returned to Eagle Island in 2001, and then to Stonington in 2011.

Bourgeault will be honored by Shalem in a special benefit evening November 16 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Rockville, Md. She is the author of 13 books and has also written or contributed to numerous articles and courses on the Christian spiritual life. The benefit evening will include a program featuring a presentation by Bourgeault and complimentary copies of one of her books. Advance registration is requested: (301) 897-7334 or