EVENTS

Day of Centering Prayer and Visio Divina
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
254 Hicks Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

Saturday May 18th, 10 am - 3 pm

This day of centering prayer will begin with a brief review of the practice.  We will spend most of the rest of our time in centering prayer with a break for lunch in silence.  We will enter the centering prayer with guided meditations that help us explore how we are relating to our thoughts.  We will also engage in experiences of Visio Divina, a form of “divine seeing” in which we prayerfully invite God to speak to our hearts as we look at an image.

 Recommended for anyone who would like to spend a day in centering prayer practice.  A $20 donation is requested to cover the cost of a box lunch and to help us sponsor future events, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway!

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay at lindsay@lindsayboyer.com.

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Lenten Contemplative Series
The Parish of Calvary-St. George's 
61 Gramercy Park North, 2nd floor (enter via Park Avenue), Manhattan

Sundays, March 10 to April 7, 3:45pm to 4:45pm 

Together, we will read together the psalm and gospel appointed for the day, each followed by 20 minutes of centering prayer or silent reflection. At the end of the session, you are welcome to join us for Choral Evensong by candlelight in the main sanctuary. For more information, contact Kris at kristin.vieira@gmail.com

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New Centering Prayer Group at St. Lydia’s
304 Bond St. 
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Starting Tuesday March 12th at 6:30 pm

St. Lydia’s is restarting its centering prayer group in time for Lent. We are planning a 30-minute block of time for the centering prayer, with the 20 minute sit and space around that. That is followed by a half hour social period, then St. Lydia’s will have a bible study. We expect some folks will do both and some will come for one or the other, based on their interests and availability.  For more information, contact Phil Fox Rose at phil@philfoxrose.com.

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Introduction to Centering Prayer
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament

152 W. 71st St., Manhattan

Five hour introduction March 16th, 10 am - 3 pm

Mary Jebara and Mark Lewis will lead an introduction for beginners that will also be helpful for those who would like to refresh and renew their practice.  All are welcome.  There is no registration fee.  A suggested donation of $20 helps Contemplative Outreach sponsor future contemplative events and training.

It’s recommended that you pack a lunch.  Please RSVP in advance as space is limited.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Jebara at marytjebara@gmail.com or 973-714-1409.

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Day of Contemplative Prayer
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
254 Hicks Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

Saturday March 23rd, 10 am - 3 pm

Take time to restore yourself with silence and scripture in a day of contemplative prayer.  We will begin with a brief review of centering prayer and lectio divina, followed by practice of these two methods of contemplative prayer.  We will eat lunch together in silence and in the afternoon experience a contemplative prayer service with eucharist led by the Reverend Erika Meyer and Lindsay Boyer.

All are welcome.  A $20 donation is requested to cover the cost of a box lunch and to help us sponsor future events, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway!

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay at lindsay@lindsayboyer.com or 718-858-4119.

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Centering Prayer by Video for Lent
Wednesdays March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17,  at 7 pm EST

Centering Prayer Refresher by Video
Saturday March 9th, 10 am - 12 noon EST

On Saturday March 9th Lindsay Boyer will offer a Centering Prayer refresher in which we will review the basics of Centering Prayer with some suggestions for how to deepen the practice. We will practice for at least 20 minutes and there will be a question and answer period. Beginners may find this a helpful introduction to the practice and more experienced practitioners may appreciate a refresher.

We will be using Zoom, similar to Skype but easier to use on your computer or phone. It can easily be used by voice only for those who do not have a camera. You do not need a Zoom account. To participate, email me and I will send you instructions and a link.

For six Wednesdays in Lent at 7 pm EST we will meet for for Centering Prayer by Video. We will begin with some brief prayers and practice twenty minutes of silent prayer together followed by lectio divina. You are welcome to practice centering prayer or any other form of silent meditation with which you are comfortable during the twenty minutes of silence. The centering prayer program will include a brief talk about an aspect of centering prayer.  The full program should last about an hour.

For more information or to register, contact Lindsay Boyer at lindsay@lindsayboyer.com.

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A Day of Contemplative Prayer
St Francis of Assisi Church

Francis Room
135 West 31st Street, New York City 
between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The same workshop will be offered on two Saturdays:
February 16 or March 2, 10:30 - 4:30 pm

Contemplative prayer is the opening of the mind, the heart, and our whole being to God. It is a process of interior transformation initiated by God, a process that leads, if we consent, to friendship, trust, love, and deeper union with God, and to ongoing conversion from our false self into our true self, the self which is made in God's image and likeness. This day-long course, recommended for new and long-time practitioners, will include periods of instruction as well as the actual experience of traditional forms of contemplative prayer, including Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, and Welcoming Prayer.

The fee for each day 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 www.stfrancisnyc.org.  The course will take place at St Francis House, 

For more information contact Teresita Pia at divineloveagape@aol.com   

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Art and Contemplation: Julie Shelton Snyder
W83 Ministry Center
150 W 83rd St, New York, New York 10024

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Spend a Saturday morning in contemplation amidst the art of Julie Shelton Snyder, inspired by her residency at the foot of Mount Fuji.  Julie is a long-time centering prayer practitioner and her art is a study in meditation and stillness that explores how we can pause in our normal routines to center ourselves. 

To accompany the opening of the show Julie invited Contemplative Outreach of NYC coordinator Lindsay Boyer to create a contemplative experience using Visio Divina, a form of “divine seeing” in which we prayerfully invite God to speak to our hearts as we look at an image.

Admission is free.  Register here.

For those who would like to visit the show at other times, a printed program of a contemplative exercise that can be done while viewing the works will be available at the gallery, and recorded versions that can be done at the gallery or at home are available here.

Exhibit hours:
March 2 - April 28, 2019
8 am - 9 pm Mon - Sat, 8 am - 7 pm Sun

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Dying to Live: The Death That Leads to a Fuller life
St Francis of Assisi Church
Francis Room
135 West 31st Street, New York City
between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The same workshop will be offered on two Saturdays:
March 16 or March 30, 10:30 - 4:30 pm

In discussions of Christian spirituality, we often read or hear of the necessity of "dying to self". But what "self" needs to die? It is the false self, the ego that imprisons us in varying degrees of misery, pain and suffering. This day-long course led by Teresita Pia, MA will offer instruction about the formation of the false self and best practices for ongoing transformation into our true selves, the selves made in the  image and likeness of God. The day will also include experiences of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer.

The fee for each day 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 www.stfrancisnyc.org.  The course will take place at St Francis House, 

For more information contact Teresita at divineloveagape@aol.com

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Welcoming Prayer Retreat
St. Joseph Retreat Center
850 Hyland Blvd 
Staten Island, NY 10305

April 26 - 28, 2019
Facilitated by Therese Saulnier

The Welcoming Prayer is a contemplative practice of consenting to God’s presence and action in the physical and emotional engagements of daily life, particularly those that bring stress or pain. Developed by Mary Mrozowski, one of the founders of Contemplative Outreach, it is offered as a way to move from compulsively reacting to mindfully and prayerfully responding to all situations — welcoming, in trust, the presence of the Sacred through intentional awareness of our senses and our bodies’ reactions.

Therese Saulnier is a long standing member of Contemplative Outreach.  
Fee: $250 Single Occupant $200, Double Occupant.

To register or inquire about the retreat visit the St. Joseph Retreat Centerwebsite or contact stjretreatcenter@gmail.com, 718.720.1097.

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Centering Prayer Facilitators Day
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
254 Hicks Street
Brooklyn NY

Saturday January 26th, 2019, 10 am – 3 pm

Join us for a day of discernment and fellowship for contemplative group leaders.  There will be opportunities for sharing our experience as group leaders and our questions about moving forward.  We will practice centering prayer and eat lunch together.

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 at lindsay@lindsayboyer.com.

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Making a Space for Contemplative Prayer
Spa for the Soul, Trinity Church Wall Street
Parish Center, 56 Trinity Place (at the corner of Rector St)

Saturday, January 12th, 2019, 10 am - 3 pm

Centering prayer founder Father Thomas Keating wrote, “God’s first language is silence.  Everything else is a poor translation. In order to understand this language, we must learn to be still and to rest in God.”

Learn to rest in God through the contemplative practice of centering prayer and gather the tools and resources you will need to develop a regular prayer practice.  In the morning we will learn about and experience centering prayer.  Beginners will find this a helpful introduction to the practice and longtime practitioners may appreciate a refresher.  In the afternoon we will explore ways to practice centering prayer by itself or combined with other prayer practices in a contemplative version of a Daily Office program.  Our study will be framed by quotations from Father Thomas Keating’s work.  Lunch will be provided and will be eaten in silence.

The quiet day will be led by Lindsay Boyer, a spiritual director, adjunct professor at General Theological Seminary, contemplative retreat leader, and coordinator of the New York City chapter of Contemplative Outreach. 

$25 includes lunch.

To RSVP or for more information, email christianformation@trinitywallstreet.org

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The Spiritual Journey:
Formation in the Christian Contemplative Life
January 7th - December 26th , 2019

Beginning January 7th 2019, a yearlong online program will be offered to provide a foundation for understanding the spiritual journey through the Christian, psychological, evolutional and existential paradigms. The intention is to provide a globally-accessible program for education and formation in the Christian contemplative spiritual journey, along with the needed support and connection to an intentional community bonded through our common search for God.

Based on Thomas Keating's classic Spiritual Journey video series, this program guides participants through an integrated wisdom map of the psycho-spiritual aspects of the transformative awakening and healing that happens to Christian seekers committed to the contemplative path of consent to God's presence and action within. 

$295 USD
Partial scholarships are available upon request
For a detailed description of the program and information to register, 
go here.

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Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service, 
Including Presenter’s Training

Bethany Retreat Center
Frenchville, PA

January 20 – 26, 2019 (Sun. to Sat.)

Facilitators:
Therese Saulnier, Sr. Ruth Ann Madera & Nancy Cord Baran

The purpose of Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service, including Presenter’s Training, is to provide an intensive Christian community experience in order to better understand and grasp the essentials of the Centering Prayer method and thus be able to share it appropriately with others.

The theory is “Good practitioners make good presenters, facilitators, and administrative helpers.” Because the group spends four days focusing on the Centering Prayer practice itself, they better understand the essentials of Centering Prayer and the many nuances of the practice. This deeper understanding helps them to better recognize that contemplative service is service freely offered without expectation of return.

The Offering is $625 per person (includes Presenter Training Binder); the nonrefundable deposit is $150.

Further information is available at http://bethanyretreatcenter.org/blog/retreats/
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Advent Lectio Divina & Contemplative Prayer
St. Joseph Church’s Parish House, Music Room
371 Sixth Ave at Washington Place, New York City
Wednesdays, December 5, 12, 19th, 2018, 7 – 8:30 pm

The traditional method of Lectio Divina, of reading, reflecting, praying the Word of God leads us to deeper understanding of the Scripture, growing relationship with Christ and culminates in Contemplative Prayer, the silent communion with God.

Facilitating: Ildiko Viczian.  
For more information, call the Parish Office 212-741 1274.

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Introduction to Centering Prayer
St. Bartholomew’s Church

Entrance is at 109 East 50th Street,
between Park and Lexington,
just west of the #6 entrance.
Five hour introduction December 1st, 2018, 10 am – 3 pm

Paula Hastings and Mark Lewis will lead an introduction for beginners that will also be helpful for those who would like to refresh and renew their practice.  All are welcome.  A suggested donation of $25 helps cover our costs and enables Contemplative Outreach to sponsor future contemplative events and training.

It’s recommended that you pack a lunch.  Please RSVP in advance as space is limited.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer at lindsay@lindsayboyer.com.

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A Rising Tide of Silence:
The Spiritual Journey of Father Thomas Keating
The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields
Laughlin Hall, 487 Hudson Street,
 New York, NY 
Sunday, November 18th, 2018, 3  – 6 pm

Join us for a celebration of the life of centering prayer founder Father Thomas Keating.  We will begin by viewing the documentary Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence and then offer our own reflections on Father Thomas and his influence on our lives and practice.

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 interiorsilence@gmail.com

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Remembering Father Thomas Keating

There are several events planned to honor the transformative presence of Father Thomas Keating, one of the founders of centering prayer.

The monks of St. Benedict’s Monastery will be co-hosting a memorial service with Contemplative Outreach at Spirit of Christ Church, Arvada (Denver), Colorado, at 11am Mountain time on Friday November 16.

Through the generosity of The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC), the memorial service will be live-streamed so anyone can participate anywhere in the world.

Memorial donations may be made to Contemplative Outreach here or mailed to St. Benedict’s Monastery.

You may enjoy reading these stories and prayers and share your own here.
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Day of Centering Prayer
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
254 Hicks Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Saturday November 10th, 10 am – 3 pm

Give yourself the gift of a mini retreat.  This day of centering prayer will begin with a brief review of the practice, followed by a question and comments period.  We will engage in five or six half hour sessions of centering prayer with a break for lunch in silence and further questions and comments in the afternoon.  Recommended for those who have some experience of centering prayer who would like to spend a day in practice.  A $20 donation is requested to cover the cost of a box lunch and to help us sponsor future events.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer at lindsay@lindsayboyer.com.

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Centering Prayer by Video

Join us for Centering Prayer by Video.  You might be surprised at how moving the experience of digital community can be.

Centering Prayer Refresher by Video
Saturday September 29th, 10 am – 12 noon EST

We will review the basics of Centering Prayer with some suggestions on how to deepen the practice. We will practice for at least 20 minutes and there will be a question and answer period. Beginners may find this a helpful introduction to the practice and more experienced practitioners may appreciate a refresher.

Centering Prayer by Video 
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 2018 at 7 pm EST

We will begin with some brief prayers and practice twenty minutes of silent prayer together followed by lectio divina.  The full program should last about 45 minutes to an hour.

Email Lindsay Boyer if you are interested or if you would like to be on a mailing list to receive information on future online meetings.  It would be lovely to see you online!

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United In Prayer Day
Dedicated to Healing Violence
Church of Notre Dame Parish House
405 West 114 Street, New York City
(Amsterdam & Morningside Aves)
Saturday, March 17, 10:30 am
Presentation by Father Michael Holleran on Healing, followed by discussion and Centering Prayer session.

12:00 pm Mass at Church of Notre Dame.

For more information contact Father Michael Holleran

celestial49@msn.com, 646-221 9794

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Centering Prayer: An Introductory Workshop 
The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields
Laughlin Hall, 487 Hudson Street,
 New York, NY 
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10AM – 3 PM
Follow-up sessions: Tuesdays, February 20, 27, March 6
7 – 8:30 PM

For registration/information, please contact Richard Kigel at:

718-698-7514 or interiorsilence@gmail.com

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Lectio Divina for Lent
St Frances Cabrini Shrine Retreat Room
701 Fort Washington, across the street from the 190thSt. subway stop for the A train. Take the elevator up to the street.
Thursdays in Lent, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb. 15, 22 and Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
For more information, contact Sister Dianne McKenna, MSC, at mckennamsc71@gmail.com.

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Centering Prayer Refresher by Video
Saturday February 17th, 10 am – Noon
Centering Prayer by Video
Six Wednesdays in Lent
February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 at 7 pm EST

To participate, contact Lindsay Boyer at mail@lindsayboyer.com.

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Lectio Divina for Lent at the Church of St. Joseph Parish House
371 Sixth Ave (Washington Place)
West 4 subway station
Tuesdays, February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20. 7 pm

Lectio Divina or ‘Holy Reading’ is the traditional practice of listening to the Word of God in Scripture.
The prayerful moments are:
Reading (Lectio),
Reflecting (Meditatio),
Responding (Oratio) and
Resting in God (Contemplatio).
Lectio Divina is intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of Sacred Scripture, the Living Word of God.

For additional information, contact Ildiko Viczian 212-673 6016

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Introduction to Centering Prayer
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament
152 W. 71st St., Manhattan
Five hour introduction March 3rd, 10 am – 3 pm

Paula Hastings and Mark Lewis will lead an introduction for beginners that will also be helpful for those who would like to refresh and renew their practice.  All are welcome.  There is no registration fee.  A suggested donation of $20 helps Contemplative Outreach sponsor future contemplative events and training.

It’s recommended that you pack a lunch.  Please RSVP in advance as space is limited.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Jebara at marytjebara@gmail.com or 973-714-1409.

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Fr. William Meninger at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament and St. Bartholomew’s

We are excited to welcome Trappist monk and prolific author Fr. William Meninger back to NYC this fall. Fr. Meninger helped to found the Centering Prayer movement, based in part on his great familiarity with the Christian spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing. Please mark your calendars, invite friends, and reserve an early bird spot for the Enneagram Workshop.

Lecture: The Loving Search for God in an Age of Discontent

The Church of the Blessed Sacrament
152 W. 71st St., Manhattan

Monday October 16, 2017, 7 – 8:30pm

How do we stay open to God in these times? Join us as Fr. Meninger guides us to an elevated sense of love, insight and experience of God based on the 14th century book The Cloud of Unknowing. Free.

Talk on The Book of Privy Counsel, another work by the author of The Cloud of Unknowing

St. Bartholomew’s Church, 3rd Floor, Room 33
109 East 50th Street (Park Avenue and Lexington Avenues), New York City

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6-9pm

Suggested contribution $30 to benefit St. Benedict’s Monastery.

Workshop: The Enneagram with Fr. William Meninger

Theater at Blessed Sacrament
152 W. 71st St., down the stairs, Manhattan

Saturday October 21, 10am – 6pm & Sunday October 22, 2 – 5pm

Learn about the 9 basic types of people, or the Enneagram, with best-selling author and Trappist Monk Fr. William Meninger. Gain insights into why we behave the way we do and discover specific directions for individual growth. Great for groups and couples too. For more information and registration, visit: http://ninetypes.brownpapertickets.com/

For further information about these events, contact Meghann Wu.

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Centering Prayer Group Orientation
Bushwick Abbey
176 St. Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Sunday May 28th, 2017, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Please note the time and date of this event has changed.

For those who are interested in a new regular Centering Prayer group at Bushwick Abbey, meetings Wednesdays at 7 pm, we will be reviewing the basics of Centering Prayer, lectio divina and walking meditation.

 For more information or to RSVP, contact Knakisha Candanedo at Bushwick Abbey or Lindsay Boyer.

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United in Prayer Day
St. Bartholomew’s Church
Vestry Room
Park Ave at 50 St.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10:45 am – 2:15 pm

 A day of centering prayer and study of the words of Father Thomas Keating.

For more information contact Ildiko Viczian at 212-673 6016  or Rosemary English at rce6770@aol.com.

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A Day of Contemplative Prayer
St Francis of Assisi Church

The same workshop will be offered on three Saturdays:

March 11, April 1, May 6, 10:30 – 4:30 pm

Tessie Pia will lead this day of Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer and other forms of contemplative prayer for long-time and new practitioners as well as seekers and the spiritually curious.

The fee for each day is $40. Registration can be done in person at the Reception Desk of St Francis House (135 West 31st Street) or the Adult Education section in www.stfrancisnyc.org.  The course will take place at St Francis House, Clare Conference Room, 135 West 31st Street, New York City, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

For more information contact Tessie at divineloveagape@aol.com

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Praying Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer, and Compassion Meditation
Church of the Ascension, Elmhurst, Queens
March 6, 8, 10, 13, and 15 at 6:30-9:30 pm

A prayer workshop on Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, and other forms of contemplative prayer will be presented for five evenings during Lent for long-time and new practitioners as well as for the spiritually curious and seekers. There is no fee but a love offering to the church will be greatly appreciated. Registration deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017.

Church of the Ascension is at 86-13 55th Avenue, Elmhurst, New York 11373.

Contact Tessie Pia at divineloveagape@aol.com or

Terry Guevarra at ascensionrc@aol.com or (718) 335-2626, Monday to Friday at 9:00am-4:00pm.

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Spiritual Practices for Difficult Times
Spa for the Soul, Trinity Church Wall Street Parish Center,
2 Rector Street, New York NY
Saturday, March 11th, 10 am – 3 pm

How do we pray when words fail us or when we are filled with fear, anger, or despair?  In this quiet day we will explore three practices that can help us to remain prayerful and centered as we cope with challenging emotions and situations.  Centering prayer is a form of silent, wordless prayer from the Christian tradition in which we rest silently in God’s presence.  The lament psalms of the Bible provide beautiful, powerful prayers that can help us to express our more difficult emotions to God in prayer.  We will look at ways to develop or refine a rule of life to help us to live mindfully and fruitfully, examining how we can create more time for prayerful activities and control the influence of digital media in our lives while strengthening the support we find in community.  We will also explore the relationship of prayer and action.

The quiet day will be lead by Lindsay Boyer, a spiritual director, adjunct professor at General Theological Seminary and contemplative retreat leader.  $25 cost includes lunch.  For more information, contact Lindsay Boyer.

To RSVP, contact Trinity Wall Street.

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Introduction to Centering Prayer
with Lindsay Boyer, Paula Hastings, and Mark Lewis
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 254 Hicks Street
Five hour introduction March 4th, 10 am – 3 pm
Four follow-up sessions, Saturday March 11, 25, April 1, 8,  3 pm – 4:30 pm

This is a great introduction for beginners and will also be helpful for those who would like to refresh and renew their practice.  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!

We will meet four additional Saturdays to practice centering prayer and to view and discuss short videos by Father Thomas Keating, one of the founders of centering prayer.  These followup sessions are free and open to all.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer.

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Centering Prayer Introductory Program

with Ildiko Viczian, Commissioned presenter of Contemplative Outreach

Introduction to Centering Prayer
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm
At St. Bartholomew’s Church
50 Street entrance, at Park Avenue, 3rd floor

Continuing Sessions
with Ildiko Viczian and Rosemary English
 Saturdays, February 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 11, 18
10:45 am – 12:45 pm
At St. Bartholomew’s Church
Park Avenue entrance, at 50 Street, Vestry Room

Donations to St. Bartholomew’s Church and Contemplative Outreach
Registration: Call Ildiko Viczian 212-673-6016 (after 1/7)
or email Rosemary English.

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Join us for three events in October featuring Father William Meninger

Fr. William is a member of the contemplative Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance and a founder of the contemplative prayer movement. In 1974, he originated the workshop on contemplative meditation which he shared with his fellow brothers Thomas Keating and Basil Pennington. Fr. William is a best-selling author and teaches worldwide on prayer, forgiveness, and the loving search for God. He leaves St. Benedict’s Monastery in Colorado only four times a year for special teaching engagements.

• The Process of Forgiveness
Sheen Center
18 Bleecker St., Manhattan
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 10am

Mass, followed by full-day workshop to develop your capacity for lasting peace. $145 registration includes lunch. Limited space. For more information or to register.

• Centering Prayer and The Cloud of Unknowing
St Bartholomew’s Church
109 East 50th Street, Third floor, Salle 33, Manhattan
Tuesday, October 11, 6-9pm

Donations to St. Bartholomew”s Church and Contemplative Outreach are accepted with thanks.

To register call Ildiko Viczian, 212- 673 6016 or email Rosemary English.

• Following Mercy

Church of the Holy Name
St. Mary of the Angels – lower chapel
96th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway, Manhattan
Thursday, October 13, 7:30-9pm
What happens after mercy is received? Spend a special evening with Fr. Meninger as he discusses how to abide in the loving search for God following this Year of Mercy. Free. For more information, email Meghan Wu.

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Lectio Divina: Praying the Scriptures, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Five Consecutive Saturdays, July 9th – August 6th, 2016, 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,

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 $40. Registration can be done in person at the Reception Desk of St Francis House (135 West 31st Street) or the Adult Education section in www.stfrancisnyc.org.  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. Scholarships are available.

For more information contact Tessie at divineloveagape@aol.com

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Finding Support for Your Spiritual Journey,
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights,
Saturday May 14th, 2016, 10 am – 3 pm

Spend time reflecting on ways to support yourself on your spiritual journey with community, practice, sabbath time, spiritual direction, retreats, and a rule of life.  We will practice centering prayer and lectio divina, eat lunch together in silence and close with a liturgy written especially for the day as we pray for strength, discernment, and guidance on our way.

The day will be led by Lindsay Boyer, spiritual direction sessions will be offered by Vickie McDonald, and the liturgy will be written and led by Judy Burns.

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!  If you are interested in a brief spiritual direction session with Vickie, please sign up early.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer.
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Lectio Divina: Praying the Scriptures
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 www.stfrancisnyc.org.  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.

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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.

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Contemplative Group Leadership,
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 
254 Hicks Street Brooklyn NY 11201
Saturday January 16th, 2016, 10 am – 2 pm

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.

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Centering Prayer Refresher
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 10 am – 2 pm

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 lindsay@lindsayboyer.com.

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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 lindsay@lindsayboyer.com to receive instructions.

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CENTERING PRAYER
An Introductory Workshop
The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields
Laughlin Hall
487 Hudson Street
New York, NY
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10AM – 3 PM
Follow-up sessions: Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20. 7 – 8:30 PM

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.

MATTHEW 6:6

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.”

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 interiorsilence@gmail.com

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

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

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:

https://www.copperbeechinstitute.org/centering-prayer; Phone: 860-760-9750; info@copperbeechinstitute.org

More info about retreat program:

lindsay@lindsayboyer.com

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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.

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A Day of Contemplative Prayer at St Francis of Assisi Church, Saturday, 6/21/14

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.

WHEN:

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

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.)

WHAT:

Presentation and Practice of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

SCHEDULE:

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

Suggested Donation:

$25 (includes lunch)

Registration Deadline:

Please call/email Tessie or Patricia by 6/18/14 to facilitate order of lunch and room set-up.

Contacts:

Tessie Pia, divineloveagape@aol.com,  718-426-4996 or 347-684-1906

Patricia Kehoe, katerie.usa@gmail.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: 

  1. Lectio: Read/Listen attentively with the “ear of the heart”.

  2. Meditatio:Meditate/Reflect deeply on the Word of God heard.

  3. Oratio: Respond in prayer that expresses the meditation experience– praise, thanksgiving, repentance, petition, adoration.

  4. 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.

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Fr. Laurence Freeman talk in NYC on Tuesday May 20

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

For more information email: may20@christianmeditation.us

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Contemplative Outreach Annual Conference 2014: 9/25-28, Miami Beach

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. 

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Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions

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 Hall

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.

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A Rising Tide of Silence documentary about life of Fr. Thomas Keating, theatrical run in NYC, 4/11 – 17 — director Q&A at 7:40 show on Friday

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

212-255-2243

www.quadcinema.com

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

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WCCM’s John Main Seminar 2014 is July 24-27 in Chicago

Registration for the WCCM‘s 2014 John Main Seminar entitled “Muslims and Christians: Listeners for the Word”, July 24-27, 2014 in Elmhurst, Illinois is now open. Fr. Laurence Freeman and Fr. Daniel Madigan from Georgetown University will lead this global event that will bring together hundreds of meditators from around the world for a three-day seminar and an optional silent retreat. Register by May 1st and receive a discount.

The John Main Seminar 2014 will focus on a shared belief that binds Muslims and Christians together: God is a speaker who continues to inform and shape us.

There is also a Pre-seminar Silent Retreat, “Changing Patterns: The Power of Stillness and Silence in Meditation,” July 21-24, 2014, led by Laurence Freeman, OSB.

For more information and to register and pay online with a credit card, visit: www.tinyurl.com/johnmainseminar.

For more info: Call 520-829-3197 or email Sharon@mediomedia.org

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22nd Annual United in Prayer Day on March 15
“Yes, may you come to know his love, although it can never be fully known, and be completely filled with the very nature of God.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Join fellow practitioners around the world today on this 22nd Annual United in Prayer Day, with opportunities to practice centering prayer and share our own experience of what centering prayer means to us in celebration of Contemplative Outreach’s 30th anniversary. We will also watch and discuss a new video presentation from Fr. Thomas Keating, Falling into the Hands of God, in which he explores the deepening understanding of the intimacy, tenderness, forgiveness, playfulness and Mystery of God that comes from science and evolution and how this impacts on our daily living.

We will begin at 10:30 and run until approximately 3pm. Light lunch provided. Suggested donation; all are welcome.

Laughlin Hall, 10:30 – 3 p.m.
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street (at Grove St., 1 block south of Christopher)
New York NY 10014

DIRECTIONS:

By Subway: Take the 1 to the Christopher Street station or the A, C, E, B, F or D to the West 4th Street station.

From Christopher Street: Walk west on Christopher Street, away from Sheridan Square, towards the Hudson River. At Hudson Street, make a left. The church is one short block down, on the west side of the street, across from Grove St.

From West 4th Street: Leave the station at the south (West 3rd Street) exit. Walk south on Sixth Avenue to Bleecker Street. Turn right. Follow Bleecker across Seventh Ave. At Grove St., turn left. Follow Grove until it dead-ends at Hudson Street. The church is across the street.

By Car: St. Luke’s is on Hudson Street between Grove and Christopher Streets.  There is metered parking on the east side of Hudson St.

We hope you will come to the event and participate as part of our local contemplative community, but if you are unable to attend the event on Saturday, Contemplative Outreach offers another way you can still participate in the global gathering. There is an individual option to make your own mini-retreat at home and watch the video streaming on your computer. A PDF with guidelines for participating at home is here and instructions to purchase the opportunity to watch the streaming video (for $15) are here.

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David Frenette: Heartful Life, Centered Life; March 14-16, Garrison Institute

An Exploration of Heartfulness Practice and Centering Prayer

As mentioned before, David Frenette's annual workshop at the Garrison Institute is coming up in mid-March, but this year he will only be offering the weekend retreat, not the full-week version. I wanted to share this letter from his team with all of you:

Dear Fellow Centering Prayer Practitioners,
Happy New Year!
Many of  you already know that our spiritual teacher and brother, David Frenette, will be leading a weekend retreat entitled, "Heartful Life, Centered Life," from March 14-16, 2014 at the Garrison Institute, in Garrison, NY, an hour's drive or easy train ride north of New York City.

David has practiced, taught and written about Centering Prayer for 30 years.  For ten years in the 1980s and 90s, David led a lay contemplative community at Chrysalis House, set up by Father Thomas in Warwick, NY. 

Father Thomas praises David's new book, The Path of Centering Prayer, as "the best, most comprehensive, and most practical book on centering prayer." Cynthia Bourgeault hails it as simply "beautiful," and Father Richard Rohr says, "this excellent book represents Christianity come to maturity."

 Come experience David's peaceful presence in the beautiful surroundings of the Garrison Institute overlooking the Hudson River — an easily accessible retreat center near the Garrison train station on the Metro North Hudson River Line.

 For more information download the linked brochure or go to http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/. Or contact Lindsay Boyer at mail@lindsayboyer.com.

 Also, you will enjoy the recent article about centering prayer and David's book in America, the national Jesuit magazine at http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/silent-power-centering-prayer.

 Peace,

 Steve Standiford

8 Travis Place

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

Tel. 914-478-7801

Stevenstandiford@aol.com

Mark your calendars and register in advance for David Frenette's annual retreat at the Garrison Institute in March, which as usual will be co-taught by this chapter's Lindsay Boyer.

Register for the weekend retreat, Friday evening, March 14, to Sunday, March 16, ending after lunchOpen to the public

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This month’s Journey in the Spirit CANCELLED DUE TO STORM

We’ve decided to play it safe and cancel this month’s Journey in the Spirit scheduled for Thursday due to the forecasted winter storm. The latest forecast is saying that rather than changing to rain and tapering off, the snow will change to sleet and continue through to 2am Thursday night. Rather than put anyone in the position of being tempted to travel is icy conditions, we’ve reluctantly decided to follow the lead of many other events in the city and cancel now. You can always sit at home.

Be safe and stay warm. We look forward to seeing you next month (when it will be almost spring!)

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Monthly Journey in the Spirit moves to Thursdays

A monthly gathering for communion, conversation & contemplation

Note that for the remainder of this season, these monthly sessions have moved to the second THURSDAY of each month. Sorry for any confusion. It appears to be better for a number of people, and we’re experimenting with what works best for the most people. 

On the second Thursday of every month through May, come for an evening of spiritual nourishment, contemplative prayer and reflection. We’ll sit together for a period of centering prayer, then watch part of the video series, Contemplative Vision: Awakening to Beauty, Truth and Goodness with Fr. Thomas Keating and Fr. Richard Rohr. After that, we’ll discuss the material in the video and other topics, and enjoy each other’s fellowship. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the broader centering prayer community in New York.

This year, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to meet in the lovely garden building of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in the West Village, a few blocks from the 1, A, B, C, D, E, F, M and Path trains. Here’s a link to the Google map for it: http://goo.gl/nRd2Ag. For Laughlin Hall, go through the gate just to the right of the church and follow the left-hand path along the side of the building to its door.

Laughlin Hall, 7 – 9 p.m.
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street (at Grove St., 1 block south of Christopher)
New York NY 10014

WHEN:

  •  October 11, 2013

  •  November 8, 2013

  •  December 13, 2013

  •  January 10, 2014

  •  CANCELLED DUE TO STORM-February 13, 2014

  •  March 13, 2014

  •  April 10, 2014

  •  May 8, 2014

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Introduction to Centering Prayer — Inwood, January 11

Be Still and know that I am God: An Introduction to the Centering Prayer Practice

Centering Prayer is a contemplative form of prayer geared toward the cultivation of interior silence or “centering.” This form of prayer invites one to enter into a deeper relationship with God by being open and receptive to the presence and action of God in our lives and to the Spirit that dwells within us.

This workshop will be offered throughout the season of Epiphany beginning with a workshop on Saturday, January 11, from 10 am-3:30 pm. Follow-up sessions designed for ongoing learning and group spiritual support will be held on the Wednesday evenings of January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, and 19 from 7-8:30 pm.

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Saturday, January 11, from 10 am – 3:30 pm
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Inwood,

20 Cumming Street, NY. NY 10034

It will be presented by the parish’s vicar, The Rev’d Rebecca Barnes. Mother Barnes is a commissioned presenter with Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. and former coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York.

A brown bag lunch is recommended for the first Saturday session. Please contact Mother Barnes for further information at vicar@holytrinityinwood.org or at 646-533-1836.

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David Frenette: Heartful Life, Centered Life, March 14-16

An Exploration of Heartfulness Practice and Centering Prayer

Register for the weekend retreat, Friday evening, March 14, to Sunday, March 16, ending after lunch

Open to the public

Learn to integrate your contemplative practice more deeply and heartfully into your everyday life in this retreat with David Frenette, author of The Path of Centering Prayer. Heartfulness is an embodied meditative approach of sacred attention that complements and enriches the traditional Christian contemplative practice of Centering Prayer.

This silent, practice-oriented weekend retreat is appropriate for both experienced practitioners and beginners in meditation. David will introduce the Heartfulness Practice, exploring how the practice helps to ground us in sacred attention, open to divine presence, and integrate contemplation into everyday life. He will also examine its relationship with Centering Prayer and the movement of Centering Prayer into contemplation.

While the practices taught on this retreat come out of the Christian tradition and our activities will be rooted in the Psalms and other sacred Judeo-Christian scripture, we welcome those of any faith. There will be meditation periods during which retreatants may choose whether to practice Heartfulness, Centering Prayer, or other silent forms of meditation.

We regret that we have had to cancel the nine day option that was originally scheduled for this retreat.

Co-teachers Steve Standiford and Lindsay Boyer join David in teaching this retreat.

Register for the weekend retreat, Friday evening, March 14, to Sunday, March 16, ending after lunch

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An Advent Day of Quiet

An Advent Day of Quiet

Led Anne A. Simpkinson

Saturday, December 7

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

St. Luke in the Fields

Laughlin Hall

487 Hudson Street

(at Grove St., 1 block south of Christopher)

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits for Him, in His word is my hope. — Psalm 130:5

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, and stop, center, pray and explore the Advent themes of waiting and longing.  This day is aimed at creating a space in which to connect with the true meaning of the season. We will work with relevant psalms, journal and “retreat” into silence through periods of Centering Prayer.

Bring a bag lunch if you wish to participate in a silent meal.

No prior experience with Centering Prayer necessary.

Cost: $15

Advance registration: https://cony-advent2013.eventbrite.com

Contact: info@centeringprayerny.com

Anne A. Simpkinson has been practicing Centering Prayer (CP) since 1996.  A certified Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop leader, she has led workshops and Quiet Days in New York and Connecticut.  She served as co-coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York City for three years and CP facilitator at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. She currently facilitates a CP group at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church.  The co-author of Soul Work: A Guide for Spiritual Seekers (HarperCollins 1998) and co-editor of two anthologies, she is currently the online managing editor for Guideposts.org, a site devoted to stories of hope and inspiration.

This event is sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of New York.

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Mary Mrozowski memorial blog

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Mary Mrozowski’s death, Contemplative Outreach has set up a blog for those who wish to celebrate her contribution to the contemplative dimension of life by sharing their memories, prayers and photographs with the greater community. You can read or contribute to the blog here: contemplativeoutreach.org/mrozowski-memorial-blog.

Mary Mrozowski was part of the first Centering Prayer retreat in 1983, and soon after, with David Frenette and Bob Bartel, established the live-in contemplative community Chrysalis House in upstate New York. She is probably best remembered today for having created the Welcoming Prayer, a contemplative tool to bring the centering prayer practice of neither reacting to thoughts nor resisting them into stressful moments during the day. (Here’s an article about the welcoming prayer if you’d like to learn more about it.)

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Introduction to Centering Prayer — Forest Hills October 19

Saturday, October 19

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Church in the Gardens (Lounge)

50 Ascan Avenue

Forest Hills, NY

Donations are welcome.

Information: Jackie Herbach at 917-533-4466 or jackieherbach@gmail.com

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Shalem Institute calls for forty hour contemplative prayer vigil to “circle the world in prayer”

The Shalem Institute in Washington, D.C., has called for a 40-hour contemplative prayer vigil to “circle the world in prayer,” in celebration of its 40th anniversary, from Sunday, October 13th at 7 p.m. Eastern time through the Tuesday the 15th at 11 a.m. They offer this message: “After 40 years of trusting the Spirit and listening deeply, we at Shalem are aware of so many individuals we want to acknowledge in gratitude. Who has supported you on your spiritual journey? Who would you like to honor and remember? It might be an author, church member, teacher, or friend who has given light, inspired or encouraged, directed or guided you.”

Contemplative Outreach is a supporting organization and Thomas Keating, Cynthia Bourgeault, Richard Rohr, Parker Palmer and Joanna Macy will all be participating. There will be an event at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, in Marriottsville, Maryland, with live-streaming video you can watch here, shalem.org/index.php/shalem-programs/vigil, and Shalem is asking individuals and groups around the world to join with them locally at any point during this time. If you plan to participate locally you’re encouraged to this page on their website and post your location to the global map of participants. Shalem’s website also has some suggested prayers, and a schedule of when different events will be happening within the vigil, so you can attend in Maryland, watch the live stream, or do the same thing locally. (They are also, of course, asking for donations, and offer a special way to donate in the name of someone who’s supported your spiritual journey on the site.)

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Introduction to Centering Prayer — NYU Catholic Center Chapel Oct 5

Saturday, October 5

10 AM to 4 PM

NYU Catholic Center Chapel

Newman Chapel

238 Thompson Street (at Washington Square South)

Donations are welcome.

Information: Ildiko Viczian, 212-673-6016

www.catholiccenternyu.org

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WCCM’s Father Laurence Freeman events in New York on 4/7

Laurence Freeman, OSB, Benedictine monk and director of our fellow Christian contemplative organization, the World Community for Christian Meditation, will be visiting New York and taking part in two events on April 7, a free talk and an afternoon-long mini-retreat.

Sunday, April 7, 2013
10:05 – 11:00 a.m.
Forum

St. Bart’s Episcopal Church

Great Hall/Community House

325 Park Avenue (at 51st Street)

New York, NY 10022

Father Laurence will be the guest presenter at The Forum at St. Bart’s, “a forum that helps us further connect faith with life.”  All are invited.  No advance registration required; the Forum takes place between the 9 and 11am services.

Sunday, April 7, 2013
1 – 5 p.m.
Day Retreat: Silence in the City

St. Thomas More Church (Rochester Room)

65 East 89th Street (East of Madison Avenue)

New York City, NY 10128

In an afternoon of teaching, dialogue and meditation, Father Laurence will lead us to a deeper understanding of meditation as the path to living a contemplative life in the midst of an overbooked, hectic, urban environment. He will show how the practice of daily meditation fills us with hope and transforms us so that our personal experience of inner peace gradually raises the level of peace in our troubled world. He will explore the benefits and spiritual fruits of meditation — as a way of prayer rooted in the gospel teaching and yet of universal value.

To register for this afternoon teaching, click here.

Email: sharon@mediomedia.org or call 520-829-3197

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21st Annual United in Prayer Day, March 16

God is All in All

One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. — Ephesians 4:6

United in Prayer Day is an opportunity for the Contemplative Outreach worldwide community to join in a silent bond of prayer and spiritual nourishment.  Along with a practice of Centering Prayer, the evening features talks from the 2012 Annual Conference at Snowmass, Colorado from the DVD God is All in All. There is no charge — donations will be gratefully accepted to help offer future contemplative enrichment activities.  All are invited.

Saturday, March 16, 7 – 9 p.m., Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., between Christopher & Barrow, Laughlin Hall (entrance through gate to the right of the church)

DIRECTIONS:

By Subway: Take the 1 to the Christopher Street station or the A, C, E, B, F or D to the West 4th Street station.

From Christopher Street: Walk west on Christopher Street, away from Sheridan Square, towards the Hudson River. At Hudson Street, make a left. The church is one block to your left, on the west side of the street.

From West 4th Street: Leave the station at the south (West 3rd Street) exit. Walk south on Sixth Avenue to Bleecker Street. Turn Right. Follow Bleecker across Seventh Avenue. At Grove Street, turn left. Follow Grove to Hudson Street. The church is across the street.

By Car: St. Luke is on Hudson Street between Grove and Christopher Streets.  There is free legal parking on the west side of Hudson Street after 6 pm and metered parking on the east side of Hudson Street until 7 pm.

For more information contact: Richard Kigel, 718-698-7514.

Email: interiorsilence@gmail.com

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David Frenette retreat at the Garrison Institute March 15 – 21, 2013

Many of you were able to attend one or all of the David Frenette events cosponsored by Contemplative Outreach of New York back in November. We want to let you know that he’ll be at the nearby Garrison Institute (about an hour north of the city by car or MetroNorth) in March. There’s a free talk, a weekend workshop, and a full seven-day silent retreat. Here’s all the info:

How do we live contemplatively, bringing the nourishment we receive on retreat back into our lives? David Frenette is teaching a retreat that explores how to develop the fruits of Centering Prayer into a mindful life through sacred attention. This new silent, practice-oriented retreat is appropriate for both experienced practitioners and beginners.

We begin with a weekend of detailed instruction on the contemplative practice of Centering Prayer using the Sacred Breath. While the basic teaching on Centering Prayer generally focuses on the use of the sacred word, it is also possible to practice Centering Prayer with other sacred symbols, including the Sacred Breath. Centering Prayer with the Sacred Breath was introduced by David’s spiritual father, the Trappist monk Thomas Keating and is fully described in David’s new book The Path of Centering Prayer; Deepening Your Experience of God.

For those who choose the full seven day silent retreat, we will continue to practice Centering Prayer while also exploring the theme of sacred attention and contemplative living. We will examine how lectio divina, nature, ordinary life, art practices, spiritual direction and psychotherapy can be used to deepen our practice and lead us into mindful living. Co-teachers Steve Standiford and Lindsay Boyer join David in teaching this retreat.

Centered Life, Mindful Life

A retreat with a weekend or seven day option

March 15 – 21

The Garrison Institute, Garrison NY

  • Option I: Centering Prayer with the Sacred Breath: Weekend Retreat from the evening of Friday, March 15 through lunch on Sunday, March 17

  • Option II: Centering Prayer and Sacred Mindfulness: Seven day retreat from the evening of Friday, March 15 through lunch on Thursday, March 21

  • Option III: Sacred Attention & Contemplative Living: Free talk on Friday, March 15 at 7:30 pm

Click here to register for the retreats or here to RSVP for the free talk,

or to register or for more information, you can email Lindsay Boyer at lindsay@lindsayboyer.com.

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Contemplative Services featuring Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Experience the transcendent music of Bach’s Cello Suites in simple contemplative services.

For six Tuesdays in Lent, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7 p.m., cellist Jennifer DeVore will play one of the suites alternating with intervals of silence and brief contemplative readings.

Free of charge. All are welcome!

February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26

7 p.m.

Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
254 Hicks Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(click address for map)

Free.

For more information, contact Lindsay Boyer at mail@lindsayboyer.com.

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Introduction to Centering Prayer — NYU Catholic Center Chapel

[THIS EVENT IS SCHEDULED TO GO ON AS PLANNED. THE PRESENTER, ILDIKO VICZIAN WILL BE THERE AND SOME PARTICIPANTS HAVE CONFIRMED.]

Saturday, February 9

10 AM to 4 PM

NYU Catholic Center Chapel

238 Thompson Street (at Washington Square South)

Donations are welcome.

Follow Up Sessions: 6 Wednesdays beginning February 13 from 6-8 pm at the NYU Catholic Center Chapel.

Information: Ildiko Viczian, 212-673-6016

www.catholiccenternyu.org

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PROGRAM CHANGE – Thursday cancelled; remaining three events featuring David Frenette proceeding as scheduled

[DUE TO TODAY’S NOR’EASTER, DAVID FRENETTE’S FLIGHT HAS BEEN ALTERED. THE THURSDAY EVENT IS CANCELLED, BUT THE REST OF THE WEEKEND’S EVENTS CONTINUE. Please come instead to the workshop, “Practicing Centering Prayer with the Sacred Breath” during the day on Friday at General Theological, the dialogue on Buddhist and Christian Meditation on Sunday at Grace Church in Brooklyn and the talk on Saturday morning in Armonk about his new book.]

This book, in my view, is the best, most comprehensive and most practical book on Centering Prayer. – Father Thomas Keating

David Frenette has taught Centering Prayer under the guidance of Father Thomas Keating since 1984.  He lives in Boulder, CO, but in November will be visiting the New York area to talk about his new book, The Path of Centering Prayer; Deepening Your Experience of God. David has spent much of the past 25 years in retreat and contemplative practice, including 10 years as a leader of a lay monastic community.  He teaches and offers spiritual direction at the Center for Contemplative Living in Denver, is an Adjunct Faculty in the Religious Studies Department at Naropa University, and has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology.

Copies of The Path of Centering Prayer; Deepening Your Experience of God will be available for purchase at all of the events listed below.

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Practicing Centering Prayer with the Sacred Breath — A Workshop with David Frenette

Friday, November 9th, 1pm to 5pm

General Theological Seminary’s Seabury Auditorium

440 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011

Co-sponsored by General Theological Seminary’s Center for Christian Spirituality and Contemplative Outreach of New York

$50

While the basic teaching on Centering Prayer generally focuses on the use of the sacred word, it is also possible to practice Centering Prayer with other sacred symbols. In this afternoon retreat-like workshop, you will explore the sacred breath as a way of deepening your own practice of Centering Prayer.

In the workshop, David Frenette will teach how the practice of Centering Prayer with the sacred breath may be particularly appropriate at certain seasons of the spiritual journey. He’ll also reveal how this contemplative practice may help you to realize that God, like the breath, is always within you.

The workshop, appropriate for both experienced practitioners and beginners, will include:

  • new teachings on how to practice Centering Prayer with the sacred breath

  • discussion of how contemplative attitudes may be brought into all aspects of life

  • extended practice of Centering Prayer.

To register go to http://centeringprayer-gts.eventbrite.com/

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An Introduction to Buddhist and Christian Meditation, with Dialogue, with David Frenette and Robert Gunn

Sunday November 11th, 2pm to 4pm

Grace Church Brooklyn

254 Hicks Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Co-sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of New York

Donations gratefully accepted

Receive instruction in meditation practice from two traditions: Christian centering prayer and Zen meditation.  This workshop will provide an opportunity to practice both methods of meditation, followed by a dialogue about their differences and points of intersection.

Zen meditation will be introduced by Robert Gunn, a Soto Zen priest at the Village Zendo, pastor in the United Church of Christ, psychotherapist, and Lecturer at Union Theological Seminary.  Centering prayer will be introduced by David Frenette who has practiced centering prayer under the guidance of Father Thomas Keating for almost 30 years and is a spiritual director and Adjunct Professor at Naropa University.

Copies of Robert Gunn’s book Journeys into Emptiness: Dogen, Merton and Jung and the Quest for Transformation and David Frenette’s The Path of Centering Prayer; Deepening Your Experience of God will be available for purchase.

 In addition to those two events sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of New York, David Frenette will be doing these two others in the area:

[DUE TO TODAY’S NOR’EASTER, DAVID FRENETTE’S TRAVEL PLANS HAVE BEEN ALTERED. THE THURSDAY EVENT IS CANCELLED.]

Sacred Attention & Contemplative Living — An Evening of Learning & Practice with David Frenette
Thursday, November 8th, 7pm
General Theological Seminary’s Seabury Auditorium
440 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011
Sponsored by General Seminary’s Wellness Program in Partnership with the Center for Christian Spirituality
Free and open to the public

We live in a world of complexity, fragmentation, noise, and haste. The sheer quantity of tasks, appointments, and commitments can be overwhelming. How can we experience God in the midst of the busyness, responsibilities, and activities of our daily lives? By practice. By living more in the present moment. By practicing the presence of God in the present moment.

We can abide in this Presence as we prepare dinner, help our children with their homework, take a phone call, go shopping in the local mall, attend a contentious business meeting, or walk down the street. The practice is surprisingly simple: Pay attention to what you are doing and do it for the love of God.

This evening presentation will help you with your practice of sacred attention.

To register for complimentary admission, go to http://sacredattention-gts.eventbrite.com/

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A Talk by David Frenette From His New Book The Path of Centering Prayer; Deepening Your Experience of God

Saturday, November 10th, 9am to 1pm

St. Patrick’s Church, 29 Cox Avenue, Armonk, NY 10504

Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of Westchester

Suggested donation $20

David’s new teachings in this book are meant to assist long time contemplative practitioners along the journey to union with God, along with providing newcomers a fresh introduction to the path of Centering Prayer, a Christian form of meditation. Come learn, renew or deepen your Centering Prayer practice. For more information call 914.478.7801

The Path of Centering Prayer; Deepening Your Experience of God is a guide to centering prayer for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.  David Frenette has a great gift for describing the subtle interior experience of centering  prayer.  Thomas Keating in his classic Open Mind Open Heart mentions that centering prayer may be practiced using several different forms of the sacred symbol: the sacred word, the sacred breath, the sacred glance, or the sacred nothingness. David expands in very practical detail on the use of each of these sacred symbols, discussing how each may be suited for different people at different seasons of the spiritual journey.  He also looks at eight contemplative attitudes: receiving, consent, simplicity, gentleness, letting go, resting, embracing, and integrating and describes how these attitudes represent subtly different ways of being in the prayer that allow one to relate to the sacred symbol more and more deeply.

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Fr. William Meninger in NYC with Contemplative Outreach of New York City
Friday, May 18, 2012 – Sunday, May 20, 2012
St. Luke in the Fields & St. Joseph’s Church

Get your tickets in advance online here! You’ll be sure you can attend and it will help us with expenses in advance of the event. You can attend any or all of the three events separately, or prebuy all three together for a 20% discount.

Friday, May 18, 7 – 9 p.m.
Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., between Christopher & Barrow
Julian of Norwich: A Mystic for the 21st Century

Born into a time of church-state tension and economic upheaval, Julian of Norwich, the anchoress, mystic and theologian, speaks to us across six centuries. She is a living example of the contemplative attitude, her “Revelations” a concrete manifestation of how a contemplative views God, neighbor, sin, death, hell, punishment, forgiveness, mercy, the Church, the Trinity and the feminine in God. Join Fr. William Meninger, author of Julian of Norwich: a mystic for today, for this talk on Julian’s relevance today. $25. Buy tickets in advance at cony.eventbrite.com!

Saturday, May 19, 9 – 12 / 1 – 4 p.m.
Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., between Christopher & Barrow
Models of Contemplation: Theological Background of Contemplative Prayer and Meditation

Trappist monk Fr. William Meninger has been studying, practicing and teaching forms of contemplative prayer and meditation for over 40 years. Join him in this special day-long workshop exploring different methods and approaches to contemplative prayer and meditation, including Walter Hilton, Julian of Norwich, The Cloud of Unknowing, St. Augustine, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, with references to Buddhist and Hindu approaches to meditation. Beginners and longtime practitioners of Centering Prayer are welcome. $75. Buy tickets in advance at cony.eventbrite.com!

Sunday, May 20, 1 – 5 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village, 371 Sixth Avenue
The Process of Forgiveness and Centering Prayer

“Forgive men their trespasses,” Christ commanded us, and He demonstrated its importance in the final act of his earthly life.  But how do we forgive?   What if the emotional trauma is so deep, the hurt so bad, the wounds so hideous, the offense so vivid that forgiveness seems beyond our power?  Why do some people say, “I want to forgive but I cannot?” Join Father William Meninger as he offers practical insights, drawn from his extensive experience as a pastor and counselor, in how to move beyond the pain and anguish we have suffered and let the Loving Spirit of Christ teach us how to forgive. Centering Prayer, the “work of love,” teaches us to embrace God, one another, and the past, present and future. $50. Buy tickets in advance at cony.eventbrite.com!

Father William Meninger 

In 1974, Fr. William Meninger, a Trappist monk and retreat master at St. Josephs Abbey in Spencer, Mass. found a dusty little book in the abbey library, The Cloud of Unknowing. As he read it he was delighted to discover that this anonymous 14th century book presented contemplative meditation as a teachable, spiritual process enabling the ordinary person to enter and receive a direct experience of union with God.

This form of meditation, recently known as ‘Centering Prayer’ (from a text of Thomas Merton) can be traced from and through the earliest centuries of Christianity. Centering Prayer centers one on God. Later, his workshop was taken up by his abbot, Thomas Keating, and Basil Pennington, both of whom had been looking for a teachable form of Christian contemplative meditation to offset the movement of young Catholics toward Eastern meditation techniques.

Like Abbot Keating, Father Meninger takes a limited time each year from his silent monastic life to travel the world and teach contemplative prayer. His book, The Loving Search For God is an effort to bring the message of The Cloud of Unknowing to men and women of the 21st Century.

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20th Annual United in Prayer Day on Saturday March 17

Uniting the worldwide network of Contemplative Outreach 

in a single bond of Centering Prayer and meditation

UNITY IN CONTEMPLATION

Saturday, March 17, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The General Theological Seminary

440 W. 21st Street

New York, NY 10011

United in Prayer Day is an opportunity for the worldwide Contemplative Outreach community to join in a silent bond of prayer and spiritual nourishment. Along with periods of Centering Prayer, the day will feature The House of God, The Womb of God, a talk by Fr. Thomas Keating, as well as a revealing interview with Fr. Thomas. There is no charge. All donations help Contemplative Outreach offer future contemplative enrichment activities.

DIRECTIONS

General Theological Seminary occupies the full block between 9th and 10th Avenues from W 20th to W 21st Street. Enter at the gate midway between 9th and 10th Aves. on the south side of 21st St. Buzz for entry. Proceed to receptionist for further directions.

BY SUBWAY: The 1 train stops at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue. The C and E trains stop at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue.

PARKING: There is some street parking. Garages are located at 23rd St. between 9th and 10th Aves. and on 27th St. between 8th and 9th Aves.

For more information contact: Richard Kigel, 718-698-7514, 

Email: interiorsilence@gmail.com

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Lectio Divina workshop, March 3, 2012

LECTIO DIVINA: Divine Reading

listening to the Word of God in Scripture praying the Word

“… Human beings cannot live by bread alone but by every Word which comes from the mouth of God.” Dt 8:3 & Mt 4:4

“In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God.” Jn 1:1

We learn the Christian practice of listening and entering into dialogue with God’s Word in the Scripture, according to the monastic tradition of prayer: lectio, meditatio, oratio, contemplatio.

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Laughlin Hall at Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., between Christopher & Barrow

Contact Ildiko Viczian, 212-673-6016

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Introduction to Centering Prayer — Grace Church in Brooklyn

On Saturday, February 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., spiritual director Lindsay Boyer will lead an introduction to centering prayer at Grace Church Brooklyn, 254 Hicks Street. The introduction will include:

  • the basic method and background of the prayer,

  • how to deal with thoughts during centering prayer,

  • how to enter into a deeper relationship with God through the practice of centering prayer,

  • two 20 minute sessions of centering prayer.

This is a good introduction for beginners but will also be helpful for those who would like to refresh and renew their practice.

Lunch will be provided and a donation of $10 would be appreciated.

To sign up or for more information, contact Lindsay at lindsay@lindsayboyer.com or go to http://lindsayboyer.com/news.htm.

February 9th, 2012

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Introduction to Centering Prayer — St. Joseph’s

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

We begin the practice of Centering Prayer by giving our silent consent to the presence and action of God within, following the inspired method of the Christian Contemplative tradition.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

1-5 p.m. (after the 12:10 Mass)

Saint Joseph’s Church

371 Sixth Ave. / Washington Place

West 4th Street subway stop

Information: Ildiko Viczian

212-673-6016

Cosponsored by the University Parish of St. Joseph and Contemplative Outreach of New York City

January 28th, 2012

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Open Center class in November

NYC Chapter Coordinator Richard Kigel will be leading a introductory class on centering prayer at the Open Center. Here’s their catalog description:

Centering Prayer: Inner Silence as a Path to God

Centering Prayer is a method of contemplative prayer which involves the cultivation of interior silence. It is a discipline designed to withdraw our attention from the ordinary flow of thoughts into an awareness of the spiritual level of our being. It helps us develop tranquility of heart and an inner awareness of the presence of God. In this class, we will learn the basic method and focus on some core aspects of the practice—how to handle thoughts during prayer; integrate centering prayer into moment-to-moment, daily life; and make centering prayer a “divine therapy” that opens us to the discovery of the divine presence within. Sessions will include video talks by Centering Prayer pioneer Father Thomas Keating and other teachers, discussion, reflection and, of course, ample practice of Centering Prayer.

Free Introductory class on Thursday, November 3, at 6pm.

A WEEKLY COURSE

(4 sessions) Thursdays
November 10– December 8, 6–7:30pm
No class on November 24.
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Members: $80 / Nonmembers: $90

Go here to register: http://www.opencenter.org/centering-prayer/

September 13th, 2011

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Centering Prayer and Body-Mind Centering®

On the eve of United in Prayer Day, an invitation to practice two centering modalities: Centering Prayer and Body-Mind Centering®

Friday, March 18, 6-9 p.m.

Children’s Aid Society

219 Sullivan St. (one block south of Washington Square)

Auditorium in rear of building 2 flights up

Comfortable clothing

Free will offering

RSVP please, Ildiko Viczian, 212-673-6016

March 6th, 2011

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Journey in the Spirit — A monthly gathering for communion, conversation & contemplation

Join us for an evening of spiritual nourishment, contemplative prayer and reflection under the guidance of Father Thomas Keating.  Following 30 minutes of Centering Prayer, we will view a video of a talk by Fr. Thomas with an opportunity for conversation, questions and sharing.  There is no charge.  Donations gratefully accepted.  All are welcome.

When:  

Saturday evenings from 7-9 PM

November 20, December 18, January 15,

February 19, April 16, May 21

Where:

The Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary

325 E. 33rd Street, between 1st & 2nd Avenues

Transportation:

The Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary is accessible by subway at 33rd and Park (6 train), then walk east. You can also take a subway to 6th and 34th  (F, V, B, D, N, Q, R, W), 7th and 34th (1,2,3), or 8th and 34th (A, C, E), transfer to the M16 or M34 crosstown bus on 34th Street and get off at 2nd Ave. & 34th. On the east side of Manhattan, you can take the M15 bus, which goes down 2nd Avenue and up 1st Avenue and get off at 34th St. From outside the city, you can take commuter lines to Penn Station, Port Authority or Grand Central, and transfer to a subway.

For more information contact: Richard Kigel, 718-698-7514, interiorsilence@gmail.com

November 14th, 2010

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Centering Prayer on TV

This segment can be viewed here.

If you’re in NY, tune in Thursday to Busted Halo columnist and NYC Contemplative Outreach asst. coordinator Phil Fox Rose on Currents talking about Centering Prayer and Christian meditation. The piece will air during Thursday’s broadcast on the cable network NET (used to be called the Prayer Channel): Thu, 6/24 at 7:30pm, 11:30pm and Fri 6:30am on Time Warner Cable ch97, Cablevision ch30. It will also appear on the network’s website, netny.net, within a few days.

June 23rd, 2010

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Introductory workshop in Brooklyn, May 8

Do you seek the still, small voice of God?

This workshop will help you to become more open to the God within and hear with the “ear of the heart.”

Centering Prayer is a renewal of an ancient form of Christian prayer. It is a method of consenting to the presence and action of Christ in the stillness of our being. It is an exercise of faith, hope and love, moving beyond conversation with Christ to communion. The fruit of this prayer is a growing sense of God’s leading us beyond anxiety into an inner stillness and peace, and outward in compassion and service. Anyone desiring to deepen his or her prayer life will benefit from this introduction to Centering Prayer as the workshop is for those who are new to Centering Prayer and for those who wish to renew their practice.

WHERE:  St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church Rectory, 116 Sixth Ave. (corner of Park Place), Park Slope, Brooklyn

WHEN:  Saturday, May 8, 2010 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Registration and Visiting starts at 9 a.m.

Follow-up sessions: May 13, 20 and June 3 and 10 — 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

COST:  Free — Donations graciously accepted

Coffee and Tea Provided — Bring Lunch or Deli nearby

CONTACT: Jean Prahl, 718-622-1712 — mjpbklny@gmail.com

Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of New York City and St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

April 10th, 2010

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Servant Leadership — Contemplation in Action

Join us for a very special event with Contemplative Outreach President Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

It is called “contemplative service” because we are willing to put ourselves in the role of lesser — one of servant, one who serves another and ultimately, one who lives in service to God’s will. We no longer need to be seen, to be first, to be recognized, to be useful or to be in control.  Contemplative service is the action side of our contemplative practices and manifests the fruit of Centering Prayer into the activity of daily encounters with ourselves, one another and God.

Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler is a founding member and the current president of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. She is an international speaker and retreat director, and has overseen and participated in the production of many Contemplative Outreach programs, including the Contemplative Life Program. She, along with Fr. Carl Arico and others, comprise the Gift Committee, which is dedicated to ensuring the legacy of Fr. Thomas Keating.

WHERE: Church of Saint Luke in the Fields Church at 487 Hudson St., Laughlin Hall

DIRECTIONS: For a Google map and driving directions, click here. For subway, take the 1 to Christopher St. or the A, C, E, B, F or D to West 4th St. Then, from the 1 stop, walk west on Christopher Street towards the river. At Hudson Street, turn left, and it’s one block down on your right. And from the W4th St. stop, walk south and turn right onto Bleecker, follow it across 7th Ave and turn left onto Grove. Follow Grove until it dead-ends at the church.

WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
COST: $25 suggested donation

Contact Richard Kigel at 718.698.7514 or interiorsilence@gmail.com

March 25th, 2010

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United in Prayer 2010

Silence. Quiet. Stillness. Openness. Listening. These are all words that suggest themselves to someone who is beginning to taste the reality of God’s presence within. You only have to be a human being to be eligible to be a contemplative. 

Thomas Keating

A worldwide wave of silence is coming and you are invited to jump in.

Join men and women all over the globe in the practice of Centering Prayer for the 18th annual United in Prayer Day sponsored by Contemplative Outreach International and Contemplative Outreach of New York.

The United in Prayer Day will consist of two periods of Centering Prayer and Meditation, viewing of a DVD recorded live at the 2009 Annual Conference of Contemplative Outreach in Austin, Texas, featuring presentations by Fr. Thomas Keating O.C.S.O. and time for discussion and reflection.

Ride the wave. Join the silence. All are welcome. There is no charge. All donations will help Contemplative Outreach offer future contemplative enrichment activities like this.

When:

Saturday, March 20, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where:

The Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary

325 E. 33rd Street, between 1st & 2nd Avenues

Transportation:

The Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary is accessible by public transportation, blocks from Penn Station, Port Authority and Grand Central.

There are major subway stations at 33rd and Park (6 train), 34th and 6th (F, V, B, D, N, Q, R, W) , 34th and 7th (1,2,3) and 34th and 8th (A, C, E). Transfer to the M16 or the M34 Crosstown bus on 34th Street and get off at 2nd Ave. & 34th. The M15 bus goes down 2nd Avenue and up 1st Avenue.

Click here to download a printable PDF flyer for this event, which you can distribute at your local groups or post in appropriate places. Thanks for spreading the word!

For more information contact:

Richard Kigel

Phone: 718-698-7514

email: interiorsilence@gmail.com

Father Father Michael Holleran

Phone: 646-221-9794

Email: celestial49@msn.com

March 9th, 2010

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Heartfulness: Transformation in Christ video series with Thomas Keating and Betty Sue Flowers

The St. Blandina Society & Contemplative Outreach of New York City are pleased to co-sponsor and invite you to experience…

Heartfulness: Transformation in Christ
with Thomas Keating and Betty Sue Flowers

“In this new series, the accumulated wisdom of Fr. Thomas’ many years of teaching and practice are condensed to addresses the big questions of spirituality for our time. With clarity and depth, insight and wit, he guides the viewer toward a profound understanding of the contemplative dimension of the Gospel and its extraordinary implications for personal freedom and global peace. He explains that the inherent human quest for happiness is itself the greatest proof of God’s existence.”

General Theological Seminary

440 W. 21St Street, New York, NY 10011

Sherred Hall, Room 1B

Saturdays, 9:00am-10:15am, February 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24

Time will be spent in silent prayer, viewing of the new DVD series, and reflection and sharing. This event is free and all are invited. Copies of the series guidebook are also available for $25.

We invite you to join us!

For additional information regarding this program, and/ or to place an order for a guidebook (kindly email guidebook order requests by Wednesday, February 17) please contact Rebecca Barnes at rbarnes@gts.edu.

February 15th, 2010

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The Sound of Sheer Silence: The Inner Peace of Centering Prayer

NEW DATES SET

Silence.  Quiet.  Stillness.  Openness.  Listening.  These are words that describe the experience of someone who is beginning to taste the reality of God’s presence within.

“Silence,” wrote Father Thomas Keating, “is God’s first language.  All other languages are poor translations.”

How can we listen to God?  How will we know God?  Where can we find God?

The mystery of the Divine Presence was described in 1 Kings 19:11-12 when Elijah climbed Mt. Horeb and waited for God to come.

An angel said: “Go out and stand on the mountain for the Lord is about to pass by.”  A great wind came.  But God was not in the wind.  Then came an earthquake, then fire.  But Elijah knew that God was not in the earthquake and not in the fire.

Then, the presence of God appeared to Elijah.  It came in the sound of sheer silence.

“The Father spoke one word in all eternity and he spoke it in silence,” wrote St. John of the Cross.  “And it is in silence that we hear it.”

In the midst of the turmoil and troubles of today’s fast-paced world, Centering Prayer is a way for us to stop the merry-go-round.  This simple practice, a renewal of the Christian tradition of Contemplation, helps us discover the reality of God’s presence in the silence within. Psalm 46:10 reminds us: Be still and know that I am God.

Centering Prayer:  An Introductory Workshop

WHERE:  Church of Saint Luke in the Fields Church at 487 Hudson St., Laughlin Hall

WHEN:  Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Follow-up sessions: Tuesdays, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 7-8:30 PM

Contact Richard Kigel at 718.698.7514 or interiorsilence@gmail.com

November 17th, 2009