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An Introductory Workshop
Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door
and pray to your Father who is in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Silence. Quiet. Stillness. Openness. Listening. These words describe the experience of someone who is beginning to taste the reality of God’s presence within.
Since the fourth century Desert Fathers described their practice of interior silence as a way we can experience the mystery of God, faithful Christians have learned to connect with our inmost selves to develop a taste for the eternal.
Taken principally from the insights of St. John of the Cross and the fourteenth century Cloud of Unknowing, Centering Prayer is a discipline designed to withdraw our attention from the ordinary flow of thoughts into an awareness of the spiritual level of our being. This ancient prayer practice is designed for today’s busy men and women of faith that they may find spiritual refuge in what T. S. Eliot called “the still point of the turning world.”
||The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields
||487 Hudson Street
||New York, NY
||Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10AM – 3 PM
||Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20
||7 – 8:30 PM
This introductory workshop will be presented by Richard Kigel, longtime parishioner at St. Lukes, certified by Contemplative Outreach to teach Centering Prayer. The class offers a simple explanation of the basic method and key aspects of the practice: how to handle thoughts during prayer, integrating centering prayer into daily life, and the process of “divine therapy” that opens us to discover the truth of Jesus teaching that “the kingdom of God is within you.”
There is no registration fee. A suggested donation of $20 helps Contemplative Outreach sponsor events to support and encourage spiritual nourishment.
For registration/information, please contact Richard Kigel at:
718-698-7514 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Be still and know that I am God. PSALM 46:10
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Our very own Lindsay Boyer, who facilitates the centering prayer group at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday evenings, is leading a retreat at Copper Beech Institute in Hartford, Connecticut, the weekend of December 12 – 14 called “Centering Prayer for Seekers.” As you may also know, Lindsay is a spiritual director who specializes in working with those who are uncomfortable with institutional religion; she also facilitates workshops with David Frenette, including the event we co-hosted last year. Here are the details of her retreat; I know some of you will want to attend:
Centering prayer is a silent, wordless form of prayer based on teachings from the Christian tradition. In this retreat, those of all faiths are invited to explore this form of contemplative prayer. This silent retreat is designed to support newcomers to meditation and contemplative prayer, those who have practiced contemplative prayer in other faith traditions, and those who have an established centering prayer practice and would like to practice in an ecumenical community. This retreat will include instruction in the practice of Centering Prayer, regular periods of silent prayer, discernment work to help participants explore their evolving roles in spiritual community. View the Facebook page for Centering Prayer for seekers. Here is the registration link: https://www.copperbeechinstitute.org/centering-prayer.
Lindsay is a spiritual director who specializes in working with those who are uncomfortable with institutional religion, affiliated with more than one faith tradition or no faith tradition. She is a student of and co-teacher with centering prayer teacher David Frenette, author of The Path of Centering Prayer. An adjunct professor at General Theological Seminary, she has taught on seeker spirituality at Union Theological Seminary. View more information about Lindsay on her website lindsayboyer.com.
||Friday – Sunday, December 12 – 14, 2014
||Copper Beech Institute
303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, Connecticut
||Centering Prayer for Seekers
||Friday 6:00 p.m., dinner
Friday 7:00 p.m., orientation for retreatants
Friday 7:30 p.m., retreat begins
Sunday after brunch around noon, retreat concludes
Sunday 1:00 p.m., room check-out
(You are welcome to arrive any time after 3:00 p.m. Friday. Gentle yoga class led by Copper Beech staff at 5:00 p.m. Friday)
||$150 + room & meals = Private Room with Hall Bath, $375.00; Private Room with Private Bath, $650.00; Commuter, $225.00
|REGISTRATION and more info about accommodations:
||https://www.copperbeechinstitute.org/centering-prayer; Phone: 860-760-9750; email@example.com
|More info about retreat program:
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If you’re coming to the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina June 26 – 29, or still considering whether to make the trip, just a heads-up that NYC Contemplative Outreach coordinator Phil Fox Rose will be offering a centering prayer-based presentation again this year; his topic is, “Freedom from Struggle: Meditation To Ground You While You Work for the Liberation of Others“; Phil is scheduled to speak at the “Chapel” space, and it’s planned for Friday 6/27 at 3 p.m., but you should check the final schedule when you get there to make sure of the location and time.
Here’s the description: In working for justice and liberation for all, it’s easy to get caught up in the struggle, attached to things you’re working to change, imprisoned by anger, burnout and frustration. Meditation cultivates a posture of working toward goals without attaching to outcomes — free to use your full energy effectively for the good of all. We’ll start with brief instruction for those new to meditation, sit together in silence, then discuss how meditation, Christianity and justice work fit together.
If you haven’t registered yet for the Goose, you can use Phil’s promotional code “PROSE” to get 30% off the registration fee! And please let anyone else know who’s going or might be interested in going, about Wild Goose, the registration discount, and the workshop.
Much better reasons to come to Wild Goose include Brian McLaren, Sara Miles, Christian Piatt, Katherine Wilson, Kimberly Knight and Jim Wallis. And if that’s not enough, there will be tons of great music, including Jars of Clay.
This Day of Contemplative Prayer has a two-fold purpose:
- Teach and share knowledge, understanding and practices of contemplative prayers.
- Raise some funds for St Francis of Assisi Church in appreciation of the Friars and Staff’s support, kindness, and hospitality in providing a place for meditation and contemplation to long-time and new practitioners, as well as to the curious and the seekers.
Contemplative prayer is the loving search for God that goes back to the time of the ancient Israelites and of Jesus. Because it is non-denominational, since we first started, Catholics, Episcopalians, Protestants and Greek and Russians Orthodox have come and prayed together in the Spiritual Direction Room.
Since July 2012, the Franciscan Friars have allowed the centering prayer group to use the Spiritual Direction Room weekly on Thursdays, free of charge, not asking for any donation to help with upkeep, heating and air-conditioning, in spite of increasing maintenance and fuel costs.
We hope and pray that you and/or your friends are able to join the event on this day.
||Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
||San Damiano Hall,
St Francis of Assisi Church
127 West 31st Street, between 6th and 7th Aves.
(Hall is air-conditioned; please bring a sweater or scarf, in case you feel cold.)
||Presentation and Practice of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina
||9:30-10 a.m. Registration
10 – 12 p.m. Centering Prayer
12 – 1 p.m. Eating and Moving Meditations
(Lunch followed by walking stretching movements)
1 – 3 p.m. Lectio Divina
||$25 (includes lunch)
||Please call/email Tessie or Patricia by 6/18/14 to facilitate order of lunch and room set-up.
||Tessie Pia, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-426-4996 or 347-684-1906
Patricia Kehoe, email@example.com, 914-844-2539 or 917-797-9412
Contemplative Prayer is the opening of the mind and the heart, our whole being to God, which involves our whole intellectual vision of truth and experiential knowledge of love. It is a process of interior transformation, a relationship initiated by God and leading, if we consent, to divine union.
Centering Prayer, in the context of Lectio Divina, is a prayer in which we rest in God’s presence, in silence and in love, consenting to His actions within. It is a prayer that moves us beyond conversation to communion with God. In this prayer, we don’t give God our thoughts or ideas or aspirations– we give God ourselves… Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will. Make of me whatever pleases you. Here I am, Lord. Your will be done.
Lectio Divina is a way of listening to the text of the Scriptures as if we are in conversation with Christ and He is suggesting the topics of discussion, and leads to an attitude of friendship, trust, love, and union. It is a slow praying of the Word of God in the Scriptures in four stages:
- Lectio: Read/Listen attentively with the “ear of the heart”.
- Meditatio:Meditate/Reflect deeply on the Word of God heard.
- Oratio: Respond in prayer that expresses the meditation experience– praise, thanksgiving, repentance, petition, adoration.
- 4. Contemplatio: Contemplate/Rest in God in silence and in love, consenting to His actions within. Contemplation is the love of just being with God in silence, consenting to His will.
Presenter: Tessie Pia, Contemplative Outreach Ltd Commissioned Presenter of Introductory Workshop for Centering Prayer; Facilitator of the weekly Thursday Contemplative Prayer Group at St Francis of Assisi Church; Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St Francis of Assisi Church and the Church of the Ascension in Elmhurst, Queens.
The World Community for Christian Meditation and the Church of Heavenly Rest Present:
The Cave of the Heart
Finding the Light in the Depth of Our Being
With Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB
“Tranquility in New York City is challenging, but meditation reconnects us with the inner peace always available in the cave of our heart.”
Benedictine monk and spiritual leader, Laurence Freeman, speaks on the practice of Christian Meditation as a way to find depth and meaning in our lives — a powerful personal introduction to meditation as a way of life that is truly life changing.
May 20, 2014
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Church of the Heavenly Rest
2 East 90th Street
New York, NY 10128
Suggested Donation: Before May 12th $15. After May 12th $20.
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Mail your check payable to WCCM-USA to:
341 W 87th St PH R
New York, NY 10024-2635
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contemplative Outreach Annual Conference 2014
Celebrating 30 Years of Grace & Gratitude
September 25 – 28, 2014
Deauville Beach Resort, Miami Beach, Florida
From the information page:
This year we are “co-hosting” the Conference with the Extension Contemplativa Internacional (ECI). We are anticipating a number of our attendees to be joining us from Latin America and from International Countries where Contemplative Outreach has a presence. Interpretation will be available in Spanish. Our Day of Enrichment on Saturday will feature Fr. Bill Sheehan and Maru Ladron de Guevara who have a long commitment to Centering Prayer and will provide us with spiritual enrichment. We will have an opportunity for Centering Prayer, networking with others on the contemplative journey and learning of new resources available to support our prayer and for sharing with our local communities of CO.
Download: Complete Information Packet
Download: Spanish Information Packet
Register Online or
Download Mail-in Registration form English version or Spanish version.
Conference opens at 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 25
Conference concludes Sunday morning by 10:00 am, September 28.
Conference fee: $550, includes conference materials and 8 meals.
Scholarships available, Contact Olsiana@coutreach for scholarship information.
Day of Enrichment: Saturday, September 27.
One day option available with lunch: $65.
One day option with lunch and banquet: $125.
Full information here.
The New York Shambhala Center is inviting contemplatives in New York to a special screening of the documentary Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions on May 9th at 7:00 p.m.
The screening will be followed by an interfaith dialogue about the intersection of the Buddhist and Christian spiritual traditions, led by the filmmaker, John Ankele.
Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York
118 West 22nd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Jesus and Buddha – Practicing Across Traditions (documentary, 44 min.)
Three leading figures in today’s Buddhist-Christian dialogue share their personal journeys in the new documentary Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions. We learn how following the path of the Buddha has transformed and deepened their understanding of who Jesus was and what he taught. Their experience and insight bring these two liberating archetypes alive in a way that can help guide us through our own confusion and struggle toward lives filled with joy and gratitude, compassion, and service.
The film features Father Robert Kennedy, a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher; Chung Hyun Kyung, Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Interfaith Engagement at Union Theological Seminary and a Buddhist Dharma teacher; and Paul Knitter, Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary.
Exciting news for New York City members of Contemplative Outreach! You may have seen an excerpt from Peter C. Jones’ documentary about Fr. Thomas Keating, A Rising Tide of Silence. Now it’s coming to New York City for a theatrical release. It opens Friday, April 11, for a one-week run at the Quad, and there will be a Q&A with Peter following the 7:40 Screening on the 11th.
You can order tickets online here.
The QUAD Cinema
April 11th through April 17th, 2014
Daily screening times: 1:00 2:40 6:00 7:40 9:50
The QUAD Cinema
34 West 13th Street
New York, NY
A Rising Tide of Silence is a reflective portrait of Father Thomas Keating, one of today’s most influential spiritual leaders. Interweaving historical footage, interviews, and extensive conversations with Father Thomas, the film traces his spiritual journey from an affluent New York City childhood, to an austere Trappist monastic life, to his rise through the Order, and his election as Abbot of St. Joseph’s Abby in 1961. While at the Monastery in the early 1970′s, Father Thomas introduced Eastern religious practices to the monks and became one of the originators of Centering Prayer. After resigning as Abbott in 1981, Father Thomas founded Contemplative Outreach in 1984 to bring Centering Prayer to a worldwide audience. A renowned theologian and author of more than 30 books, Father Thomas Keating is widely recognized for his ecumenical approach to spirituality. For those who encounter him, his example is a moving modern journey of faith.
Click here to view the trailer.
To read The Aspen Times front page article click here.
Listen to the Aspen Public Radio interview with Peter here.
Visit the website www.fatherthomaskeating.com