Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer. Utilizing the books and videotapes of Fr. Thomas Keating and other teachers of contemplative practice in the spiritual journey, we study contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, practice Centering Prayer together and support one another in the ongoing spiritual journey. In association with Contemplative Outreach of Boulder County, we have the opportunity to participate in conferences, workshops and retreats locally as well as at St. Benedict’s monastery in Snowmass, CO. We welcome all to experience this ancient practice used by the Desert Mothers and Fathers and in monasteries for centuries.
St. John's is fortunate to have a contemplative prayer room, located in the northwest corner of the main sanctuary building, and accessed by the main east door of the sanctuary (overlooking the labyrinth) and walking up the left-hand aisle past the pulpit.
The Tuesday Morning Centering Prayer group meets from 9:00 – 10:30 am in the contemplative prayer room. If the door to the centering prayer room is closed when you arrive, please have a seat in a sanctuary pew for quiet reflection or prayer while we finish our first prayer sit, then join us in the contemplative walk in the sanctuary at about 9:25 for the rest of the session in the prayer room. If you have questions or would like to talk with one of the facilitators beforehand, please contact Eben Carsey (303-449-3041, email@example.com ), Pat Laudisio (303-919-0944), or Anne Skamarock (720-201-4490, firstname.lastname@example.org ).
The Wednesday Evening Centering Prayer group, which is a women's group that meets from 6:45-8:00 pm in the contemplative prayer room. The doors to the sanctuary are locked in the evening so please contact Michelle Danson at MADanson@me.com to learn where the group gathers.
The Thursday Morning Centering Prayer group meets from 7 - 7:30 am in the contemplative prayer room. Please contact Bob Morse, Bob.Morse@comcast.net, and/or Eben Carsey, ECarsey@comcast.net, for more information.
To get a list of other centering prayer groups in Boulder County and to get on an email list for county centering prayer workshops and retreats, send an email to ECarsey@comcast.net. To receive information about other local spiritual workshops and retreats, please visit www.contemplativebeehive.com
For more information and resources for the practice of Centering Prayer, please go to the Contemplative Outreach International Website. For information about programs of Contemplative Outreach in Colorado, go to www.contemplativeoutreach-co.org/