Spiritual Enrichment and Formation for Facilitators of Centering Prayer Groups via Zoom
February 26 – 27, 2021
This retreat is for current facilitators, as well as those considering becoming facilitators, to enrich and deepen their spirituality and explore the skills and attributes conducive to effective facilitation and functioning of prayer groups. Further topics include principles of facilitating Centering Prayer groups; faith sharing and group dynamics; establishing guidelines and agreements; practical aspects and tools of facilitating; and Zoom hosting skills. Time will also be given to resources such as the Contemplative Outreach Facilitator Handbook and materials available online.
The Retreat is scheduled from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Central Time on Friday, February 26th, and from10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time on Saturday, February 27th.
This retreat is offered and presented by the Centering Prayer Group Facilitator Support Service Team. Bob Mischke, Denver, Colorado; Michele Jankanish, Seattle, WA; Pattye Spezia, San Antonio, Texas; Jim Bailey, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Eileen McCaffrey Schuman, New Jersey.
Further information and to register: https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/event/spiritual-enrichment-and-formation-for-facilitators-of-centering-prayer-groups/
Free Online Videos of Centering Prayer
A Centering Prayer Introductory Program in five parts was recorded this summer and is available on the Contemplative Outreach YouTube channel here. It includes the Centering Prayer Workshop with presenters Keith Kristich, Patricia Clough, Adam Gordon and Irene Chang presenting Prayer as Relationship, The Method of Centering Prayer, Thoughts and the Use of the Sacred Word, and Deepening Our Relationship with God respectively. Parts 2 – 5 are four continuing sessions including Q&A, a time to pause the video for 20 minutes of Centering Prayer and a video by Fr. Thomas Keating. This Zoom-enabled program was sponsored by Contemplative Outreach and the Centering Prayer Introductory Program Service Team.
There are two new groups on Meditation Chapel especially for people new to Centering Prayer with special support for establishing a practice, i.e., learning more about Centering Prayer, Q&A, etc. They are ongoing and open to all. They are especially helpful for those who have recently attended an Introduction to Centering Prayer and are looking to join a group with others new to this prayer practice. You can find those groups in the Peace Chapel:
- Tuesdays at 7pm Central Time, hosted by Irene Chang and Dennis Davis
- Thursdays at 9am Central Time, hosted by Pattye Spezia and Michele Jankanish