An Introduction to Centering Prayer will be hosted by Saint Anna's Catholic Church, 1401 Alcovy Street, Monroe, GA presented by Contemplative Outreach of Atlanta beginning with an all-day workshop from 8:30 am–3:00 pm on October 20, 2018.
Do you seek the still small voice of God? Do you seek a more intimate relationship with God? Centering Prayer, a prayer of consent, is sitting silently in the presence of God in a loving relationship. It is both a relationship with God and a discipline in total service to the relationship.
About Centering Prayer“Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to cooperate with this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times (e.g. the 14th century book The Cloud of Unknowing) in an updated form and to put a certain order and regularity into it. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; it simply puts other kinds of prayer into a new and fuller perspective. During the time of prayer, we consent to God’s presence and action within. At other times, our attention moves outward to discover God’s presence everywhere.” – Fr. Thomas Keating
About the 7-Session Introductory Program The program consists of the all-day workshop and six evening continuing sessions. In the initial workshop, you will be presented with the four simple steps of Centering Prayer, be given an opportunity to practice the prayer, and learn the significance it will have on your daily life. Sessions 2–7 provide a comprehensive follow-through program to the workshop. These sessions are facilitated by the presenters of the introductory workshop and provide an expanded understanding of contemplation and the Centering Prayer practice. The group will watch a short video by Thomas Keating, discuss the video, and practice Centering Prayer.
Presenter Information The presenters of the Introductory Workshop have attended a 5-day “Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service” program and were trained by Contemplative Outreach faculty. The training was developed by Father Thomas Keating who is one of the primary teachers of Centering Prayer and who has done much to simplify ancient practices of contemplative prayer into modern language. They also have attended a 10-day intensive retreat and have a well-established daily practice of Centering Prayer.
Contemplative Outreach Vision Statement Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life through the practice of Centering Prayer. The contemplative dimension of the Gospel manifests itself in an ever-deepening union with the living Christ and the practical caring for others that flows from that relationship.
Our purpose is to share the method of Centering Prayer and its immediate conceptual background.
We identify with the Christian Contemplative Heritage. While we are formed by our respective denominations, we are united in our common search for God and the experience of the living Christ through Centering Prayer.
8:30 am–9:00 am Arrivals & Registration 9:00 am Opening prayer and Welcome Conference One: “Prayer as Relationship” Break Conference Two: “The Method of Centering Prayer” includes a 20-minute Centering Prayer Period Lunch: Box Lunch (Order a at preregistration) Conference Three: “Thoughts & Use of the Sacred Word” includes a 20-minute Centering Prayer Period Break Conference Four: “Deepening Your Relationship with God” 2:45 pm Closing remarks and information regarding follow-up sessions
Please note: The six continuing sessions will be held Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Anna’s