We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. In the Christian tradition Contemplative Prayer is considered to be the pure gift of God. It is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Through grace we open our awareness to God whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than choosing - closer than consciousness itself.
Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer: rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.
Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Thomas Study Group is currently not meeting until further notice.
The Gospel of Thomas is an early Christian text consisting of 114 short teachings (no narrative) of Jesus and was not included in the New Testament canon as mandated in the 4th C. Using the contemplative methods of meditation, Lectio Divina, and respectful discussion, the group studies one saying each meeting under shared leadership. This group appears to appeal mostly to people seeking spiritual depth, growth and community found outside of the mainstream Christian religious and liturgical milieu.
Contact: Bronwen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisdom Meditation Circle
The Wednesday Morning Wisdom Circle continues to meet weekly at 8:00 am. It works consciously with the Gospel of Thomas through the method of meditation and Lectio Divina. This gathering has shared lay-leadership.
Contact Paula Selmayr at email@example.com