Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue

Contemplation invites us to take a long, loving look at the real.

After serving in congregational leadership, Nancy Sylvester, IHM, founded the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue® (ICCD) in 2002.

About ICCD

ICCD is a 501(c)3 organization founded to educate, resource and organize people of faith to reflect, analyze and act on the critical issues of the church and society through a process of communal contemplation and dialogue.

ICCD’s vision is rooted in the belief that the increasing polarities we are experiencing in every aspect of our lives reflect the reality that we are living in a time of impasse – a time when we experience the inadequacy of our current structures and belief systems to address the needs, expectations and dreams of Earth community and feel increasingly powerless to do anything about it.

Engaging Impasse: Circles of Contemplation and Dialogue, the major program of ICCD, invites participants to look at impasse from the perspective of communal contemplation and dialogue, and to imagine another way of being and doing. In this and in other ICCD programs participants learn how to listen and speak from a contemplative heart, understanding it as a needed response to this critical time – so as to contribute to a possible breakthrough to a transformation of consciousness which we believe is the next stage of systemic change work.

Learn more

You can learn more about ICCD’s mission and the programs it offers on its website:

This website also offers reflections on contemplation, dialogue, impasse and other topics, each accompanied by a beautiful photo to encourage your own reflection on the issue.

The Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD) is pleased to offer the resources, Finding Our Balance Post Election and an accompanying process guide. Nancy Sylvester, IHM, draws on ICCD’s 15-year experience working with impasse, communal contemplation, dialogue and exercising contemplative power to analyze where we are now and what is needed to move forward together. Use these resources with your family, friends and colleagues in the months ahead. They are available at

Sister Nancy also contributes articles about contemplation to Global Sisters Report, a project of National Catholic Reporter. Her articles may be accessed here.