Deepening our relationship with God
through the practice of Centering Prayer
For your personal meditation practice, using your cell phone or tablet, I recommend you go to the App Store and download the Centering Prayer app. It is free, and allows you to chose the intro and exit sounds, and set the duration.
During the COVID-19 time of social isolation, we are meeting online. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Normally during winter we meet weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel at the rear of the Maple Grove United Church Sanctuary. Usually, after we meditate for 20 minutes, we pause for a short break for tea, cookies and chatting, followed by reading and discussion or watching relevant videos. We read books and watch videos about Christian meditation by people such as Father Keating, Cynthia Bourgeault, Richard Rohr, Henri Nouwen, and others.
Please join us!
A June 2020 article on Maple Grove’s Centering Prayer Group in Mandate, a magazine for the United Church leadership.
A Review of a new book by Cynthia Bourgeault – https://silenceteaches.com/2017/04/01/heart-centering-prayer-book-review/
The spiritual discipline of contemplative prayer has an extremely long tradition in Christianity. Initially developed by hermits and monks, it has remained a sought-after method of experiencing the presence of God deep inside the self. One contemporary expression of this ancient practice is called Centering Prayer; you can experience it at Maple Grove United Church.
A video with Cynthia Bourgeault on The Welcome Practice and Waking Up – https://youtu.be/_bClyhR2ZPc
Richard Rohr Speaks on Christianity
If you’d like to understand how meditation works, here’s a short article:
Here is a summary of the contemporary practice of Centering Prayer – https://cac.org/centering-prayer-weekly-summary-2017-02-18/
To learn more about our practice, you can watch these videos:
- A brief video by Cynthia Bourgeault with an excellent description of how to do Centering Prayer and why it works – https://youtu.be/1aQmQu4lufo
- Other videos by Cynthia Bourgeault – https://youtu.be/LaaA5hJAI0c & https://youtu.be/5ALAgUlzxX0
- A 9 minute video on how to practise Centering Prayer
- A video with Father Keating
- An interview with Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest devoted to the contemplative path.
- The Centre for Action and Contemplation You can sign up for Rohr’s Daily Meditations on this site. I recommend them.
- Read about Centering Prayer on Wikipedia
- Or check out these resources – http://silenceteaches.com/resources/
One of the best ways to get to know what it is about is by getting in touch with group co-ordinator Joan Vinall-Cox – joan . vinallcox @ gmail . com (no spaces) and coming to our meetings.
We open our awareness to the Ultimate Mystery
whom we know by faith is within us,
closer than breathing, closer than thinking,
closer than choosing, closer than consciousness itself.
The Ultimate Mystery is the ground in which
our being is rooted,
the source from whom our life emerges