Collaborative Ministries At Rayne
School for Contemplative Living
Spiritual Director, William Thiele
A School Without Walls
In a world increasingly broken and divided by hatred and violence, shrill voices and conflicting directions, there is a school that strives to teach another way. It is “a school without walls” building bridges of understanding, cultivating contemplation, teaching practices of prayer, nurturing inner peace, strengthening the soul, centering the spirit, promoting unity, practicing oneness, demonstrating love in stillness and simplicity, companioning the seeker in small groups, auditoriums, hospitals, colleges, prisons, churches sanctuaries, on the streets, at the shelters, in the soup kitchens, beyond the boundaries and barriers, which have for so long separated the souls of humankind.
The School for Contemplative Living founded and directed by Dr. William Thiele, has for over a decade offered small groups, workshops, classes, retreats, spiritual direction, and an annual conference to help transform lives through the practices and principles of centering prayer, meditation, sacred yoga, compassion cultivation, and the contemplative tradition.
To become a sponsor, partner, or member, call William Thiele, 504-289-9906.
As a ministry and community of the United Methodist Church, founded on the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, the Wesley Foundation is committed to accepting all people in the context of God’s grace. We exist to provide a supportive Christian environment where students can grow both spiritually and socially through worship, mission, and fellowship.
Co-sponsored with the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, this weekly program offers a meal, shelter, hygiene items, books, clothing, friendship, counseling, and prayer for homeless men and women seeking help. Rayne members support this program with an ongoing collection of hotel amenities and travel size hygiene items, socks, and t-shirts. Weekly meals are also prepared and served by church members from Rayne and congregations across the city. The Comfort Food Teams, Salt and Pepper, from Rayne provide hot meals twice monthly.
Luke’s House is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization addressing the health and spiritual needs of New Orleans, Louisiana. Affiliated with the Rayne and Mount Zion United Methodist Churches, Luke’s House works closely with church leaders and congregations from across the country to bring healing and compassion to the underserved community of New Orleans. Our Mission is to provide hope, help, and healing in response to the medical, mental, and spiritual health concerns of the post-Katrina New Orleans community.
The Crescent City Cafe is an independent, grassroots organization based in New Orleans that was founded and is led by a team of young adult volunteers and supported by donations. The Cafe is supported by multiple churches in New Orleans, including our host facility/ministry partner, Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, and ministry partner St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church.
The mission of the Crescent City Cafe is to serve breakfast to New Orleans’ homeless and low-income residents with dignity and to connect young adults together in service to our community. We desire to demonstrate the love of God through our actions and our words. Founded in February 2009, the cafe simulates a restaurant, complete with breakfast specials that change each month. The volunteer servers take orders from guests and run them back to the kitchen, where other volunteers are at the helm — cooking up the orders and plating the food. The cafe is hosted at Rayne Memorial United Methodist and is open each first and third Saturday morning of the month.