Welcome to our listing of upcoming regional events sponsored by Contemplative Outreach Chicago and other Contemplative Outreach chapters. Please click on the Registration link to register.
In-person with Julian Davis Reid on February 15This unique event brings Notes of Rest to the lovely St. Andrew’s Church at St. Leonard’s Ministries, the very effective westside Chicago program that has been serving post-incarcerated people and greatly reducing recidivism – i.e., keeping people out of prison – since 1954!
Some readers may have experienced Notes of Rest when we presented Julian Davis Reid on Zoom in the spring of 2022. This musical-textual retreat is a Spirit-led ministry grounded in Christian Scripture and Black sacred music (Rest Assured) that invites people to receive God’s gift of rest. Weaving together live piano music and reflections on a passage from the Bible, Julian will create a welcoming space for reflection on how to rely on God amidst uncertainty, transition, and even danger. Listen. Share. Flourish together.
In late 2022, St. Leonard’s chaplain, Wes Smedley, approached Contemplative Outreach Chicago and asked if we would like to help introduce Centering Prayer to the program’s participants. Alan Krema has been working to do just that, and this event is being offered free of charge to St. Leonard’s residents and staff as part of that effort.
Other guests are most welcome at no charge, as well, although free-will offerings are appreciated. No registration is necessary. (If you do choose to contribute, any amount is welcome. The recommended contribution of $25 helps defray the costs of presenting this event. A sponsorship contribution of $50 helps support the ongoing work of Contemplative Outreach Chicago. If you’d like to make a donation, you may do so here or at the event.)
We hope to you will join us for Notes of Rest at St. Leonard’s Ministries on Thursday, February 15, 6:30 – 8:00 PM. The event will be held in St. Andrew’s church on the St. Leonard’s campus, 48 N. Hoyne St., Chicago.
In-person or online March 2 with Carl McColman; presented in collaboration with the Theosophical Society in America
Drawing on his own work of integrating Celtic wisdom, Zen, and Christian mysticism, Carl weaves stories, myths, wisdom teachings, imaginal exercises, and deep silence together to celebrate our existential unity as children of one earth and one love. The program will be experiential, with time for meditation, contemplation, visualization, journaling and optional conversation.
As part of this online retreat experience, participants will:
- Practice several methods of meditation from around the world;
- Explore how the human heart is the ultimate teacher of mystical truth;
- Learn to see the mystical union underlying our cultural and religious differences;
- Visualize your unique path for living a joyful mystical life.
This hybrid event will take place at the Theosophical Society’s headquarters in Wheaton, or you may participate online. It will also be recorded, with the recording available for on-demand viewing by registrants for two weeks following the program date.
[Important note: Because of our co-sponsorship of this event, you are invited to take advantage of the discount offered to Theosophical Society members. Be sure to choose the discounted price when registering.]