The Center

The Center for Spiritual Imagination exists to deepen and enrich human relationships with God, self and neighbor in new and ancient ways.

Our work is rooted in a spiritual ecology that has an ancient rhythm, is committed to nurturing community and is focused on doing justice in the world. We are engaging practices that help us embrace our full humanity and express the love of God by living justly. Our practice exists at the margins of the church (or at its heart) where communion with God and each other eclipses religious affiliations — where the spiritual needs of seekers, doubters and religious practitioners converge. Our experiences, programs and services are open to all. We acknowledge particularly the gifts present in those who identify as Spiritual But Not Religious: a dynamic segment of the human community open to practices at the depths of the Christian tradition who often find official aspects of religion averse to spiritual growth. In an age marked by the institutional decline of Christianity in America, we are reimagining how the church will gather and grow now and in the future.The Center for Spiritual Imagination is operated by the Community of the Incarnation. 

Portrait of Reverend Adam Bucko

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The Rev. Adam Bucko

Co-Founder and Director

The Rev. Adam Bucko has been a committed voice in the movement for the renewal of Christian Contemplative Spirituality and the growing New Monastic movement. He has taught engaged contemplative spirituality in Europe and the US and co-authored two books: Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation  and The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living. Committed to an integration of contemplation and just practice, he co-founded an award winning non-profit, the Reciprocity Foundation, where he spent 15 years working with homeless youth living on the streets of New York City, providing spiritual care, developing programs to end youth homelessness and articulating a vision for spiritual mentoring in a post-religious world.

Portrait of Reverend Morgan Mercer Ladd

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The Rev. Morgan Mercer Ladd

Co-Founder

The Rev. Morgan Mercer Ladd serves as the Sub-Dean at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, where she oversees intergenerational worship and spiritual formation programming. Drawing on her background in education, Mother Morgan focuses on translating the path of spiritual growth for people at every stage of life. Her interests include spiritual formation and neurobiological development, transformative experiential learning, and practical spirituality.

Portrait of The Very Reverend Doctor Michael Sniffen

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The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Sniffen

Co-Founder

The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Sniffen is Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation. An expert in ritual theory and the role of pilgrimage in spiritual life, he teaches worship, preaching and the arts in several graduate programs. He has served as a fellow of the Center for Christianity in Global Contexts at Drew University and as a founding member of the Racial Justice Advisory Council of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Michael was a lead organizer in the Occupy Sandy mutual aid movement. He has a particular interest in building community among those who consider themselves 'spiritual but not religious.'

Portrait of Kris Vieira

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Kris Vieira

Co-founder / Communications Director

Kris Vieira assists in developing the small group programs at the Center by adapting 12-step spirituality for the contemplative. Kris also oversees the communication at the Center. She earned an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University, writing her thesis on theatre performance and the neuroscience of empathy. She serves as Parish Manger at the Parish of Calvary-St. George's in Manhattan, where she is also small group leader and frequent teacher on subjects ranging including 12-step spirituality, contemplative practice and the Wisdom and literature of the Bible.

What People Are Saying About The Center For Spiritual Imagination

"The Center for Spiritual Imagination responds to my deepest longing for transformation and invigoration of faith at the heart of diocesan life. Just actions motivated by prayer form the core of the church’s life and work. The Center for Spiritual Imagination encourages and teaches people in our diocese, the wider church and the broader public ways to live and pray justly. Deep prayer and deep friendship with Jesus Christ move us to act with healing in a hurting world. I joyfully support this work as a bishop of the church and episcopal visitor of the Community of the Incarnation.”

— The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

“The Center for Spiritual Imagination is re-envisioning an inclusive and engaged spirituality for the 21st century, where the gifts of monastic spirituality are translated into a form that can be practiced in everyday life and where one’s commitment to contemplative practice leads to justice-making.” 

— Richard Rohr, author of Universal Christ and Founder of Center for Action and Contemplation

“I am profoundly moved by the emerging work of The Center or Spiritual Imagination. We find ourselves in a time of great uncertainty in which many of the structures we have taken for granted are beginning to collapse. The Center is a space of calm and courage, a community rising to meet the challenges of our global crisis with vast generosity — embodying the unconditional mercy and justice Christ represents, without ever asking its members or those they so joyfully serve to adhere to any particular belief system. This is wisdom in action, the sacred pouring into the ordinary, love wildly blossoming in the most broken of spaces.”

— Mirabai Starr, bestselling author of Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation and, an acclaimed translator and contemporary interpreter of the works of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila.

“For those thirsting for community, contemplative spirituality, and justice, the Center for Spiritual Imagination is a deep and powerful well from which to draw from ancient wisdom waters. In addition to offering a spiritual home, the Center expands our collective imagination around how community can form and serve in these times. I look forward to learning alongside this bold, loving, and necessary experiment.” 

— Adam Horowitz, co-founder of Nuns and Nones

"The work of the Centre for Spiritual Imagination is exactly what is needed in these times. Rooted in the nourishment and depth of ancient rhythms, this is work that can lead us back to the source. The Centre offers a call for all of us — no matter what our background — to play a part in regenerating our world from a place of Divine love. There is food for the soul here in abundance. It links our personal journeys with the collective need for transformation, which all true spirituality at this time must do. At St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London, we share in this Great Work and hold you all in our hearts at this time of change."

— Justine Huxley, CEO of St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, author of Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change.

“The Center for Spiritual Imagination provides much-needed resources and supports for living the Christian contemplative life of prayer, service and community in new and meaningful ways. Our rapidly changing world desperately needs the depths of contemplative wisdom preserved and translated for those outside the cloister, including young seekers, SBNR’s (spiritual but not religious), social justice and environmental activists. The Center is an invaluable gift for those who hunger for meaning and connection."

— David Frenette, author of The Path of Centering Prayer

“The Center for Spiritual Imagination is serving a deep and wide need in our contemporary world, re-imagining, re-membering, and celebrating the sacred in our everyday lives. The Center's radical hospitality offers pathways for any one to enter safely into the Spirit. This invitation reminds us that we are both unique and interconnected. May the Center reach all who long to respond to such a call.”

— Mirabai Bush, founder and senior fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, co-author (with Ram Dass) of Compassion in Action and Walking Each Other Home, (and with Daniel Barbezat) Contemplative Practices in Higher Education.

“Most Western post-industrial societies are shifting from enlightenment / modernity to post-secular cultures associated with a marked weakening of the Christian Church and faith. It is essential now to remember that there has never been a renewal of the Church in history without a corresponding renewal of contemplative prayer and religious life. I utterly affirm the work of the Center for Spiritual Imagination. They have a key role to play in the process of supporting new religious communities and movements at this crucial time of major cultural change.”

— The Rev’d Ian Mobsby, author of A New Monastic Handbook: From Vision to Practice, co-editor of Ancient Faith, Future Mission: New Monasticism as Fresh Expressions of Church, Guardian of the New Monastic Society of the Holy Trinity and the Assistant Dean for Fresh Expressions in the Diocese of Southwark Church of England.

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