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Be still
and know
I am God.
(Psalm 46:10)
For a list of groups in New York City, check out our group list. Note that Queens is part of the Long Island chapter, so you can find those listings on their site.

Lectio Divina: Praying the Scriptures at St Francis of Assisi Church, April 16 – May 14, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Tessie Pia will teach this course on Lectio Divina, one of the great treasures of the Christian tradition of prayer, on five consecutive Saturdays, April 16 – May 14, 12:30 – 3:30 pm.

Lectio Divina is a slow, contemplative praying of the Word of God in the Sacred Scriptures in four stages. It is based on the teachings of Jesus about prayer.

The fee for the entire 5-Saturday course is $30. Registration can be done in person at the Reception Desk of St Francis House (135 West 31st Street) or the Adult Education section in  The course will take place at St Francis of Assisi Church Adult Education Center, Classroom 2, 139 West 31st Street, New York City, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

For more information contact Tessie Pia.




Quiet Day of Healing

Grace Church Brooklyn

Saturday, March 5th 10 am – 2 pm

Join us for a day of quiet reflection and meditation, concluding with a healing liturgy by the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian and Judy Burns.  We will reflect on the nature of healing, practice centering prayer, lectio divina, and guided meditation, and eat lunch together in silence.

All are welcome.  We ask for a suggested donation of $20 to cover the cost of lunch, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway!

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer.


Contemplative Group Leadership, Saturday January 16th, 2016, 10 am – 2 pm

Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 254 Hicks Street Brooklyn NY 11201

Join us for a day of discernment and fellowship for contemplative group leaders.  We will begin by reflecting on vocation, examining suggested guidelines for small prayer groups and discussing issues of group dynamics.  There will be opportunities for sharing our discernment questions and our experience as group leaders, we will practice centering prayer and eat lunch together.

All are welcome.  Come if you are or have been a contemplative group leader or if you would like to be.  We ask for a suggested donation of $20 to cover the cost of lunch, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway!

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer.


Centering Prayer Refresher, Saturday, November 21st, 10 am – 2 pm, Grace Church Brooklyn Heights

This centering prayer refresher lead by Lindsay Boyer will focus on the teachings of David Frenette from his book The Path of Centering Prayer.  In particular we will examine how to deepen the practice of centering prayer and use the sacred breath as a sacred symbol.  Beginners may find this a helpful introduction to the practice and longtime practitioners may appreciate a fresh approach.  We will spend at least an hour and a half practicing centering prayer.  Lunch will be provided and we will eat in silence.

Grace Church Brooklyn Heights is at 254 Hicks Street. We ask for a suggested donation of $20 to cover the cost of lunch, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway!

Lindsay edited The Path of Centering Prayer and has facilitated retreats with David at the Garrison Institute in New York.

To sign up or for more information email Lindsay at



Centering Prayer by Skype Wednesday November 18th and December 9th, 7pm EST

We will begin with some brief prayers and practice twenty minutes of centering prayer together followed by lectio divina.  The program should last about 30 – 40 minutes.  To participate and RSVP, please email Lindsay at to receive instructions.

Skype CP Nov-Dec


Intro Workshop in West Village on October 3


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.”

WHERE: The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields
Laughlin Hall
487 Hudson Street
New York, NY
WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10AM – 3 PM
Follow-up sessions: 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

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Be still and know that I am God. PSALM 46:10


Contemplative Night Prayer services for Lent at Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights

Lenten Poster 2015


Intro Workshop in Kew Gardens, Queens on March 7

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Centering Prayer for Seekers with Lindsay Boyer at Copper Beech Institute, December 12 – 14, 2014

Lindsay-BoyerOur 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:

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

WHEN: Friday – Sunday, December 12 – 14, 2014
WHERE: Copper Beech Institute
303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, Connecticut
WHAT: Centering Prayer for Seekers
SCHEDULE: 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)
COST: $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:; Phone: 860-760-9750;
More info about retreat program:

Below is a one-page flyer to view or download:

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Phil Fox Rose speaking at Wild Goose in NC 6/27 — Freedom from Struggle: Meditation To Ground You While You Work for the Liberation of Others

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.