A method for practicing contemplative prayer
There is, in all of us, an inherent desire to know God, to know ourselves, and to know why we are here. In our search for God, many of us have found the ancient Christian practice of centering prayer to be of great help. In the silence of the prayer, we intend to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s transformative action in our mind and heart. The practice of centering prayer is at the heart of all of our contemplative living ministries at Saint Barnabas.
We host four weekly online centering prayer groups. Those who have a practice of silence, be it centering prayer or any other form of meditation, may find our groups to be nourishing. There is no commitment necessary, and you can drop in anytime. Each group offers a period of communal silence, a time to go deeper into contemplative teachings, and a time to listen and share without the distraction of cross talk. Facilitated by long time practitioners of centering prayer, the groups are structured simply and led with gentleness.
For additional information, to get the online links to use, or to determine if these groups are a fit for you, contact one of the group facilitators listed below. All are welcome.
Monday evenings at 7:00 pm. Contact Liza Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 602 527-6161.
Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am. Contact Suzy Dodds, email@example.com, 480-390-4364.
Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Contact Debbie Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-942-8953.
Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm. An 11th Step centering prayer group for people with experience in any 12-step recovery fellowship. Contact Mary Stone, email@example.com, 480-993-4507.
The Centering Prayer method is taught at Saint Barnabas in programs consisting of an all-day Saturday workshop conducted by our Rector, The Rev. Jim Clark, and Liza Bell and five evening sessions that provide continued training. These programs are ecumenical–anyone who is interested in learning more about this practice is welcome to register to attend. This all-day workshop is followed by five evening sessions that provide continued training, and an invitation to participate in one of our weekly Centering Prayer groups. Please contact Liza Bell (or 602-527-6161) for more information or for the schedule of upcoming trainings.
We also have several Centering Prayer groups that meet weekly to support one another in the practice of Centering Prayer. Weekly groups each begin with 20 minutes of centering prayer, followed by a video presentation or literature study featuring topics relevant to living a life grounded in the abiding presence of God in all things. All centering prayer groups meet in the Small Chapel just south of the main Sanctuary. Click here to view our campus map. ALL are welcome. Questions? Contact Liza Bell.
Monday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Facilitator: Liza Bell, 602-527-6161.
Tuesday mornings, 9:00 – 10:30.
Facilitator: Suzy Dodds, 480-390-4364.
Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Facilitator: Debbie Moore, 508-942-8953.
To find additional centering prayer groups, retreats and contemplative life resources in the valley click here http://www.contemplativeoutreach-phoenix.org/
For more information about Centering Prayer, or to volunteer to help with room set-up for Centering Prayer groups, please contact Liza Bell.