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What is Contemplative Outreach?

Organized in 1984, Contemplative Outreach (CO) is a worldwide spiritual community of individuals and small faith groups committed to renewing the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life.  The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.  We present the method of Centering Prayer and its immediate conceptual background (the psychological context) and we encourage and support one another in living out the fruits of Centering Prayer in our daily lives. We also present Lectio Divina, particularly its movement into contemplative prayer, which is facilitated by a regular and established practice of Centering Prayer. A commitment to a regular practice of Centering Prayer is the primary expression of belonging to the CO interdenominational community.

We also support the renewal of the contemplative Christian tradition, especially through the teachings and works of Fr. Thomas Keating.  Read more about our vision, theological and administrative principles here.  Read more about the history of CO here.