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Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop
Centering Prayer Introductory Series
Sundays: September 16, 2018; 1-5 pm
Continuing sessions: September 23 and October 7 & 14; 1-4 pm
(First session only, $40 or $85 for the series of four sessions)
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Are you feeling a desire to deepen your prayer or to learn about the Christian contemplative path?
Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to more fully receive the gift of God’s presence. This is traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental, or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.
This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.
Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, clinical psychologist, and adjunct program staff member at Mercy Center where she coordinates the Centering Prayer Program. Her great interest is in the renewal of contemplative practices as a path of transformation - of ourselves and of our world.
Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love. As a scientist, she sees in the physical world an expression of that love.
Marty Badgett is an Oblate of the Camaldoli Benedictine Community. He has co-led extended Centering Prayer retreats for many years, and hosted many one-day Contemplative Prayer days at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley.