Deepening our relationship with God through the practice of Centering Prayer
During the 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. In May, 2018, we started Richard Rohr’s Immortal Diamond.
Please join us!
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.
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
- 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.
- Read about Centering Prayer on Wikipedia
- Or check out these resources – http://silenceteaches.com/resources/
But one of the best ways to get to know what it is about is by getting in touch with group co-ordinator Michella Poetz at 905-827-6195 or michellapoetz @ gmail . com (with no spaces) or 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