Minister’s Reflections Annual Meeting 2017

This has been a tumultuous year in the world at large. That in itself underscores the need for what the Center for Inner Peace has to offer. Maybe more than before in our lifetimes we need to be centered in our own peace, in our own silence. Without community support for a calm and centering practice, without a place that reinforces our needs for inner peace, we could be continuously overwhelmed and knocked off center by the inherent violence of the world. Some of us are in resistance mode. Some of us are in a “wait and see” attitude, some of us are pleased with recent political directions, some of us are in despair. All of us can benefit from the contemplative environment we foster at the Center. Now more than ever we need to find our individual and internal contemplative silence.

Since the economic downturn of 2006-08 the Center has survived in a hand-to-mouth fashion. We seem to be able to take in only what we need to pay out in bills in any given month. This is a phenomena that is being felt in many religious communities, not just our own; and it is understandable in times of uncertainty. Thus even though we have certainly made many efforts in recent years to increase our income through concerts, silent auctions, special classes, surveys, and events; we are still treading water. I imagine that is currently the way of things for many churches and I am happy that we are surviving this condition. This is another testimony to the need for what we do together and the strength of our community. Even when it seem that numbers are few, we find ways to make meaning together. It is rather astounding, when you think about it, that the town of Pueblo continues to support the Center. Recently we have had visitors from other parts of the state who have commented on how unique and valuable we are.

We may be small, but we are in the forefront of a new spiritual movement that is calling people from within their own hearts to radical inclusiveness, and to open heartedness.

I am confident that we will continue to develop our community and to meet new emerging community needs. I am looking forward to hearing your ideas on what you need from our community. You can email me at

I am so grateful to be here and I cherish this position and each one of you. I am grateful for your presence and the presence of the Center in this town, this county, this world. We may not always recognize it but we are a beacon of light in a world that often seems to be darkening. I look forward to another year of serving you.

-Neema Caughran-