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Shalem Group Spiritual Direction Retreat

September 17 - 20

 

Group spiritual direction is a wonderful way to enter into spiritual community and the Shalem small group method, based on Rose Mary Dougherty's Group Spiritual Direction, is the best that I have tried. This retreat, which I did a few years ago, trains you in the method in a beautiful setting in Lexington, Virginia. Register here.

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Centering Prayer by Video

Wednesday April 19th and May 17th at 7 pm EST

 

We will begin with some brief prayers and practice twenty minutes of silent prayer together followed by lectio divina. You are welcome to practice centering prayer or any other form of silent meditation with which you are comfortable during the twenty minutes of silence. The program should last about 40 minutes. 

I am now using Zoom, similar to Skype but easier to use on your computer or phone.  It can easily be used by voice only for those who do not have a camera. You do not need a Zoom account.  To participate, email me and I will send you instructions and a link.

 

Learn more.

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Three Workshops Coming Up in March

 


How do we pray when words fail us or when we are filled with fear, anger, or despair?  In this quiet day we will explore three practices that can help us to remain prayerful and centered as we cope with challenging emotions and situations.  Centering prayer is a form of silent, wordless prayer from the Christian tradition in which we rest silently in God's presence.  The lament psalms of the Bible provide beautiful, powerful prayers that can help us to express our more difficult emotions to God in prayer.  We will look at ways to develop or refine a rule of life to help us to live mindfully and fruitfully, examining how we can create more time for prayerful activities and control the influence of digital media in our lives while strengthening the support we find in community.  We will also explore the relationship of prayer and action.


The quiet day will be lead by Lindsay Boyer, a spiritual director, adjunct professor at General Theological Seminary and contemplative retreat leader.  $25 cost includes lunch. 

For more information, contact Lindsay Boyer.
To RSVP, contact Trinity Wall Street.

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Introduction to Centering Prayer
with Lindsay Boyer, Paula Hastings, and Mark Lewis
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 254 Hicks Street


Five hour introduction March 4th, 10 am - 3 pm
Four follow-up sessions, Saturday March 11, 25, April 1, 8, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

 

Join us for an introduction to centering prayer, a silent, wordless form of prayer that derives from 14th century Christian methods of prayer. 


This is a great introduction for beginners and will also be helpful for those who would like to refresh and renew their practice.  All are welcome.  We ask for a suggested donation of $20 to cover the cost of lunch, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway! 
We will meet four additional Saturdays to practice centering prayer and to view and discuss short videos by Father Thomas Keating, one of the founders of centering prayer.  These followup sessions are free and open to all.


For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer.

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Finding and Living from Your Center
Church of the Ascension, Parish House,
12 West 11th St, New York NY
Saturday, March 25th, 10 am - 2 pm (Bagels and hot drinks available from 9:30)

 

In this quiet day we will explore practices that can help us remain prayerful, centered and present - present to the pain and wonder of the world; to our own deep feelings and longings; to our beloveds and our enemies; and present to God.

We will explore centering prayer as a method of being present to God and all that is within us. We will look at ways to develop or refine a rule of life to help us to protect and live out of this sense of presence.

For more information, contact Lindsay Boyer.
To register, call the Ascension parish office: 212-254-8620.

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Free Guided Meditation in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Every Saturday morning at 10:30 am from now through September 17th

 

As a response to recent violent events, a series of care sessions offered as part of Simone Leigh's exhibition “The Waiting Room” at The New Museum 235 Bowery, New York NY has been expanded to include this weekly guided meditation, in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. 

 

All meditation sessions are FREE and open to the public. Space is limited, and RSVP is required to attend. Please email to reserve a spot with “Meditation” and the requested session date in the subject line (for example, “Meditation, Saturday July 30”). Reservations will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be admitted and tea will be served at 10am, and the guided meditation will begin at 10:30am and end by 11:30am. All sessions will be led by Aimee Meredith Cox and Mona Chopra.

 

Chopra writes: “In these sessions, participants will be led through meditation practices rooted in the Buddhist tradition to help in settling, soothing, and healing our stressed hearts, minds, and bodies. By cultivating patience, calmness, and clarity of thinking, we can, as Pema Chödrön notes, ‘soften what is rigid in our hearts.’ By helping to bring us closer in touch with our own humanity and the humanity of others, meditation enables us to be sources of increasing peace in the world.”

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Finding Support for Your Spiritual Journey
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
Saturday May 14th, 2016, 10 am - 3 pm

 

Spend time reflecting on ways to support yourself on your spiritual journey with community, practice, sabbath time, spiritual direction, retreats, and a rule of life. We will practice centering prayer and lectio divina, eat lunch together in silence and close with a liturgy written especially for the day as we pray for strength, discernment, and guidance on our way.

The day will be led by Lindsay Boyer, spiritual direction sessions will be offered by Vickie McDonald, and the liturgy will be written and led by Judy Burns.

All are welcome. We ask for a suggested donation of $20 to cover the cost of lunch, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway! If you are interested in a brief spiritual direction session with Vickie, please sign up early.

Contact me for more information or to RSVP.

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The Jesus Prayer:  From Desert Contemplatives to Modern Urban Spirituality
A lecture by The Very Rev. John A McGuckin 

Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 pm  
General Theological Seminary


Professor John McGuckin will give a talk on the contemplative practice Prayer of the Heart, followed by a brief Prayer of the Heart service in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd and a book signing with light refreshments. McGuckin was my professor of early church history at Union Theological Seminary and leads a wonderful prayer of the heart service at UTS every Wednesday evening during the academic year. He is an extremely engaging speaker..  

The lecture is $10, free for students.  General Theological Seminary is at 440 West 21st Street, New York, NY.

For more information visit the GTS website or email ccs@gts.edu.

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Centering Prayer by Skype

Wednesday April 27th and May 11th at 7 pm EST

 

We will begin with some brief prayers and practice twenty minutes of silent prayer together followed by lectio divina. You are welcome to practice centering prayer or any other form of silent meditation with which you are comfortable during the twenty minutes of silence. The program should last about 30 - 40 minutes. To participate, email me and I will send you instructions and my Skype address.

Learn more.

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Quiet Day of  Healing 
Grace Church Brooklyn
Saturday, March 5th 10 am - 2 pm

Join us for a day of quiet reflection and meditation, concluding with a healing liturgy by the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian and Judy Burns.  We will reflect on the nature of healing, practice centering prayer, lectio divina, and guided meditation, and eat lunch together in silence.

All are welcome.  We ask for a suggested donation of $20 to cover the cost of lunch, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway!

Contact me for more information or to RSVP.

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Centering Prayer by Skype

Wednesday February 17th and March 16th at 7 pm EST

 

We will begin with some brief prayers and practice twenty minutes of silent prayer together followed by lectio divina. You are welcome to practice centering prayer or any other form of silent meditation with which you are comfortable during the twenty minutes of silence. The program should last about 30 - 40 minutes. To participate, email me and I will send you instructions and my Skype address.

Learn more.

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Contemplative Group Leadership
Saturday January 16th, 2016, 10 am - 2 pm

Grace Church Brooklyn Heights

 

Join us for a day of discernment and fellowship for contemplative group leaders. We will begin by reflecting on vocation, examining suggested guidelines for small prayer groups and discussing issues of group dynamics. There will be opportunities for sharing our discernment questions and our experience as group leaders, we will practice centering prayer and eat lunch together.

All are welcome. Come if you are or have been a contemplative group leader or if you would like to be. We ask for a suggested donation of $20 to cover the cost of lunch, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway!

Contact me for more information or to RSVP.

Grace Church Brooklyn Heights is located at 254 Hicks Street, Brooklyn NY 11201.

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Centering Prayer by Skype

Wednesday January 13th at 7 pm EST

 

We will begin with some brief prayers and practice twenty minutes of silent prayer together followed by lectio divina. You are welcome to practice centering prayer or any other form of silent meditation with which you are comfortable during the twenty minutes of silence. The program should last about 30 - 40 minutes. To participate, email me and I will send you instructions and my Skype address.

Learn more.

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Centering Prayer Refresher
Saturday November 21st, 2015, 10 am - 2 pm
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights

 

This centering prayer refresher will focus on the teachings of David Frenette from his book The Path of Centering Prayer. In particular we will examine how to deepen the practice of centering prayer and use the sacred breath as a sacred symbol. Beginners will find this a helpful introduction to the practice and longtime practitioners may appreciate a fresh approach. We will spend at least an hour and a half practicing centering prayer. Lunch will be provided and we will eat in silence. I helped to edit The Path of Centering Prayer and have facilitated retreats with David at the Garrison Institute in New York. Email me to sign up or for more information.

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Centering Prayer by Skype

Wednesday November 18th and December 9th at 7 pm EST

 

We will begin with some brief prayers and practice twenty minutes of silent prayer together followed by lectio divina. You are welcome to practice centering prayer or any other form of silent meditation with which you are comfortable during the twenty minutes of silence. The program should last about 30 - 40 minutes. To participate, email me and I will send you instructions and my Skype address.

Learn more.

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Introduction to Centering Prayer at The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields

There will be an introduction to centering prayer led by Richard Kigel on Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10AM – 3 PM at The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, Laughlin Hall, 487 Hudson Street, New York, NY, with follow-up sessions on Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 7 – 8:30 PM. Whether you are a beginner who would like to learn more about centering prayer or a longtime practitioner who would like to refresh and strengthen your practice, this would be a great way to start off the centering prayer season. For more information visit the CONY website or contact Richard Kigel at 718- 698 - 7514 or interiorsilence@gmail.com.

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I begin my day with Richard Rohr's short, free, daily email reflections on contemplative spirituality. A Franciscan monk, Richard Rohr is one of the most eloquent teachers in the Christian tradition.  His meditations this year explore his "Wisdom Lineage," the teachers, texts, and traditions that have most influenced his spirituality. He has a deep appreciation of the spirituality of other religions and is very good at discussing with sensitivity and balance the ways in which Christians have gone off course and suggesting how Christian scripture and theology can be interpreted with intelligence, tolerance, simplicity, and love.

 

Sign up here.

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Course on Spiritual Companionship and Digital Media

Join me on July 13-16 and 20-23, 2015 at General Theological Seminary for a two credit course that will explore the use of digital media in spiritual community and practice. During the first week of the course we will meet solely by digital means using video, Skype, teleconference, email, and Facebook, while the second week we will meet on campus. We will explore how we are present to each other through spiritual practices such as lectio divina, centering prayer, group spiritual direction, intercessory prayer, pastoral care, and worship in traditional formats, and experience such practices via digital means. We will examine how digital media enable us to create community in new and creative ways for the populations in our specific ministries.


This class will be of interest not only to those who are interested in using digital media in ministry but also to those who are not particularly attracted to digital media but would like to learn more about the nature of spirituality using digital media as investigative tools. We will also explore the more troubling uses of digital media in our culture and the ways in which we may be called upon to lead and guide others in their use of digital media.

 

Register here.  This course is also open to auditors at a cost of $500.

 

Email me for more information.

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Centering Prayer Webinar

Attend a centering prayer group via webinar on Thursday May 28th at 7 pm EST. We will begin with some brief prayers and practice twenty minutes of silent prayer together followed by lectio divina. You are welcome to practice centering prayer or any other form of silent meditation with which you are comfortable during the twenty minutes of silence. The program should last about 30 - 40 minutes. To participate, email me and I will send you a link to join the webinar.

Learn more.

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Smells and bells!  Antiphonal chanting!  Join us for five Tuesdays in Lent for chanted liturgy and twenty minutes of silent meditation at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 254 Montague Street, Brooklyn NY 11201.

 

Email me for more information.

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This silent weekend retreat offers immersion in two contemplative practices from the Christian tradition: Centering Prayer, a form of silent meditation, and Lectio Divina, a way of listening to sacred texts with the ear of the heart.  As long-time meditators know, the best way to integrate contemplative prayer into our daily lives is through practice and silence. This retreat, suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners, will emphasize time spent in practice.  We will experience Lectio Divina as individuals and in groups.

Register here

Watch a brief introduction to Lectio Divina by my colleague Steve Standiford

 

Changed from a five day to a weekend retreat.

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• Like the Centering Prayer for Seekers Facebook Page to learn more about news and events or email me.

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I'm quoted in an article in America: The National Catholic Review called Centering Prayer: Contemplative Practice for the 21st Century.

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In this silent weekend retreat those of all faiths are invited to explore this form of contemplative prayer that derives from the Christian tradition. I have designed this retreat to support newcomers to meditation and contemplative prayer, those who have practiced meditation in other faith traditions, and those who have an established centering prayer practice and would like to practice in an ecumenical community.  The retreat will include instruction in the practice, regular periods of silent prayer, and discernment work to help retreatants explore their evolving roles in spiritual community.

Register here

Centering Prayer for Seekers Facebook Page

Read an article about centering prayer and my faith journey

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Centering Prayer Meditations: Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God, by David Frenette

David Frenette has just released a series of guided meditations for Centering Prayer practitioners, available on CD or audio download from Sounds True, Amazon or Audible.  David has taught Centering Prayer under Fr. Thomas Keating’s guidance since 1984 and is my own beloved teacher.  David's guided meditations are one of my favorite parts of being on retreat with him and these meditations focus on the eight contemplative attitudes described in his wonderful book The Path of Centering Prayer.  The meditations can be used to introduce a period of Centering Prayer, then paused for a period of silent prayer, then turned on again to end the session. It's a lovely way to frame a session if you have a little extra time, like being on a mini retreat with David.

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• Entering the Heart of Lectio Divina

Grace Church Brooklyn

Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm

This two hour workshop will offer an introduction to Lectio Divina, an ancient practice of listening to sacred texts with the ear of the heart which can be used by individuals or groups. We will explore the history and basic movements of this contemplative listening practice and experience a session of the practice.

The workshop will be led by myself and Steve Standiford, a psychotherapist and long time teacher with Contemplative Outreach and my colleague leading retreats at the Garrison Institute.

Email me to RSVP

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