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Centering Prayer



Be still and know that I am God. –Psalm 45


Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop at June 2017
Contemplative prayer is God’s personal and unique gift to us and has been a part of our Christian heritage for centuries. If we are open to the gift of contemplation, it may profoundly affect our daily life.

The Centering Prayer Introductory Program explains the gift of contemplative prayer and the deepening of our relationship with God. The method of Centering Prayer will be presented along with opportunities to practice the prayer. Presented at St. Olaf’s in Fleming Hall from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., it will take place on three consecutive Saturdays:

Saturday, June 10, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Presentation: Prayer as Relationship and the Method of Centering Prayer
Practice: Two sessions of centering prayer.

Saturday, June 17, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Presentation: The Method of Centering Prayer
Practice: Twenty minutes of centering prayer.
Presentation: Thoughts and the Use of the Sacred Word
Practice: Twenty minutes of centering prayer.

Saturday, June 24, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Practice: Two sessions of centering prayer.
Presentation: Deepening our Relationship with God.

The program is presented by experienced practitioners of Centering Prayer, commissioned by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. (

Join us and discover the meaning of Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God.” For more information or to sign up, please contact Carol Quest at



Support Groups and Teaching in Centering Prayer/Meditation
Saturday mornings
9:00 – 11:00 am in Cowley Hall

This is an open and ongoing group offering support to persons committed to Centering Prayer or some form of meditation. It provides introduction and continuing spiritual formation. From 9:00 to 10:00 am, there are two 20-minute prayer periods, with a meditative walk between them. There is reflection on the experiences, difficulties, benefits of this prayer. From 10:00 to 11:00 am, there is instruction and discussion. Video and audio tapes on some aspects of prayer/meditation and the spiritual journey are used, as well as a variety of teachers and spiritual guides.


Suggested Reading for Centering Prayer/Christian Meditation/Lectio Divina:

Thomas Keating — Open Mind, Open Heart, 1986 (Contemplative Dimension of Gospel)
Cynthia Bourgeault — Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, 2004; The Wisdom Way of Knowing, 2003
Basil Pennington — Centering Prayer, 1979; Lectio Divina, 1998
Anonymous — The Cloud of Unknowing
James Finley — The Contemplative Heart, 2000
Lawrence Freeman — John Main: Essential Writings, 2002
Bede Griffiths — A New Vision of Reality, 1989
Thelma Hall — Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina, 1988
John Main — Word Into Silence, 1980; The Present Christ, 1991
Thomas Merton — Contemplative Prayer, 1971 (and other writings)
Guinilla Norris — Sharing Silence, 1992
Henry Nouwen — Out of Solitude, 1974 (and other writings)
Ronald Rolheiser — The Holy Longing, 1999
Laura Swan — The Forgotten Desert Mothers, 2001
Evelyn Underhill — Practical Mysticism (and other writings)