Saturday, January 21
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (US/Canada Eastern)
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (US/Canada Central)
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (US/Canada Mountain)
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (US/Canada Pacific)
“Growing in interior silence seems to be
the best means of opening to the divine presence.”
– Thomas Keating
In Simple Presence, the divine Presence becomes an invitation for our community to listen deeply to the Spirit’s movement and action within.
The event will offer a communal prayer experience dedicated to contemplation of the Vision Statement of Contemplative Outreach: “We embrace transformation in Christ, both in ourselves and in others, through the practice of Centering Prayer.”
Each participant enters into inner awareness individually and then opens to the source of the Presence, which is shared by other members of the group. The underlying commonality of the intention is held sacred.
Simple Presence is being offered to those who are engaged with Contemplative Outreach on any level or simply have an interest in this community. It will be assumed that participants have a regular Centering Prayer practice and are familiar with Lectio Divina and the Welcoming Prayer.
The workshop will include embodied prayer, chant, reflective readings, Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer, and wisdom sharing. Come prepared to sit in Simple Presence with the sacred words of the Vision.
This prayerful event will be approximately two hours in length and will be presented online using Zoom.
Alan Krema has been a facilitator and leader in Contemplative Outreach Chicago since 2000 and has recently retired as chapter coordinator.
Some of Alan’s other affiliations:
- Wisdom Waypoints Wisdom guide
- Center for Action and Contemplation Living School
- Shalem Institute: “Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats”