“Slowly, steadily, Centering Prayer patterns into its practitioners what I would call the quintessential Jesus response: the meeting of any and all life situations by the complete, free giving of oneself.” ~Cynthia Bourgeault, The Heart of Centering Prayer
Through the ministry of Contemplative Outreach and its founder, Father Thomas Keating, thousands of people have been engaged in the practice of centering prayer. Author and teacher, Cynthia Bourgeault, gleans from her own experience and study, scientific research, and the ancient contemplative practice described in The Cloud of Unknowing in her new book, The Heart of Centering Prayer. She suggests that Centering Prayer is the uniquely Christian contribution to the wider world of meditation: “kenosis in meditation form.”
I invite those who are drawn to centering prayer to join me in an adventure. Can we commit to be regular daily practitioners of centering prayer with weekly meetings to practice together and read Cynthia Bourgeault’s book. Can we reflect together on what it means to “put on the mind of Christ” and live from that consciousness in these changing times? If so:
MEETING TIME: 7-8:30 pm Monday evenings beginning January 23, 7:00-8:30pm (second Monday of the month generally excepted)
LOCATION: Pathways Retreat and occasionally in Nina’s home
COMMITMENT: The practice of centering prayer with a goal of two, twenty minute sessions per day; regular attendance, as able
COST: Purchase two books: The Heart of Centering Prayer ($10.49) and The Cloud of Unknowing ($13.46); donation for use of Pathways Retreat
Nina Lanctot has attended two Wisdom Schools with Cynthia Bourgeault and is also strongly influenced by the teaching of Richard Rohr. She is the pastor of Florence Church of the Brethren Mennonite and a spiritual director.