Centering Prayer

Meets: Mondays @ 4:30 – 5:30 in the Lounge

Our Centering Prayer Group is grounded in the contemplative tradition.  This small group meets for a 20-minute period of Centering Prayer, 20 minutes of spiritual formation (a book, DVD) and 20 minutes of sharing life and thoughts.  Centering Prayer is a Christ-centered practice of sitting silently, or resting in God.   The Psalmist reminds us, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)  When in our prayer we become engaged with thoughts, which inevitably come, we gently return to the silence by a word chosen to remind us of our intention.

For more information, please contact our Centering Prayer Lead, Linda Dollins.



A Letter From Linda Dollins

       For over 10 years, our prayer group has met every Monday in the Lounge to pray in silence for 20 minutes, and this particular practice of resting in God is called Centering Prayer.  We meet at 4:30, have a short gathering time, and then begin our prayer.  Afterward we have a short study—a DVD, CD or book—and close the meeting by sharing with one another until 5:30.  Through this opportunity we deepen our relationship with God in community.  More than 50 people have come to the group, some a few times, others weekly for many years, and the group now averages between 12-15. 

      The founder of Centering Prayer is Fr. Thomas Keating who is 94 and lives at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, CO.  The author of 28 books, Fr. Keating has shared events with spiritual luminaries Ken Wilber, Laurence Freeman, Richard Rohr, and the Dali Lama.  In September a friend and I had the great privilege to confer with Fr. Keating for over an hour.  Not knowing what to expect, I was nervous, but he quickly put us at ease, and we talked about a variety of subjects including the recent Contemplative Outreach conference I had attended in Denver.  Just experiencing the presence of this holy man has deeply enriched my faith journey and heightened my resolve to share Centering Prayer with others. 

       If you ever feel drawn to come to one of our meetings, I strongly encourage you to follow your heart and do so.  God is nudging you to come.  Or if you would just like to talk to me about Centering Prayer, please call 760-743-8297.    

Linda Dollins