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We embrace the process of transformation in Christ, both in ourselves and in others, through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Live and Self-Guided Online Courses

A Journey of Discernment

Sr. Meg Funk is a long-time friend of Contemplative Outreach and a vibrant example of the contemplative life. Author of many books, most notably, the "Matter Series," which includes Discernment Matters: Listening With the Ear of the Heart, Thoughts Matter, and Lectio Matters. Sr. Meg is a practical witness and teacher of tools to live in and from Christ within in all aspects of life. Video excerpts of an unpublished talk she gave on Discernment Matters will be used as the foundation for this course to explore the contemplative approach to discerning the small and large decisions in life.

Discernment means sorting our thoughts and following the impulse of grace given by the Holy Spirit. As Sr. Meg writes, "Since we are not our thoughts, we can observe them rising and follow the ones that are from God." This is a way of coming more awake, discovering the spark of divinity burning in our hearts.

The course will have a strong emphasis on practice. It will consist of a combination of email and video and teachings, as well as the opportunity to share and connect with others in the online Practice Circle. 

You can expect:

12 email teachings sent on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays each week, including Scripture and other contemplative voices;

Video segments of Sr. Meg Funk;

Mini-practices to root a practice of contemplative discernment in your own life;

Led by Pamela Begeman and Mary Anne Best.

$59.95

4 CEHs for Chaplains available.

Partial scholarships are available through Contemplative Outreach. Please inquire at pamela@coutreach.org.
Please register here with our partner, Spirituality & Practice.

 

Silence and Centering Prayer: A Self-Guided Online Course

with retreat leaders Fr. Carl J. Arico and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

This online retreat assists participants in learning, renewing, and establishing a daily Centering Prayer practice as the foundation for the contemplative life. It consists of a combination of email, video and audio teachings.  It is self-guided and can be taken anytime, anywhere there is internet access.

This retreat also brings together two founding principals of Contemplative Outreach to offer the conceptual background, the method, and insights into Centering Prayer as a way of life. Gail and Fr. Carl draw upon their over 30 years of practiccing the prayer, as well as teaching it to thousands worldwide. They provide practical instruction of value to both new practitioners and even experienced practitioners about this transformative method of prayer.

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Embracing Living: The Welcoming Prayer

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. If Centering Prayer (or another daily prayer) is practiced for one hour of the day, the Welcoming Prayer is for the other 23 hours. It is a "letting go" in the present moment, in the midst of the activity of ordinary life. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored -- in the body.

Practicing the Welcoming Prayer offers us the opportunity to make choices -- responding instead of reacting to the present moment. Through the action of the Holy Spirit, the practice empowers us to take appropriate action as freely and lovingly as possible in any situation that presents itself.

"To welcome and to let go
is one of the most
radically loving, faith-filled
gestures we can make
in each moment of each day.
It is an open-hearted embrace
of all that is in ourselves
and in the world."
-- Mary Mrozowski, creator of the Welcoming Prayer

This retreat includes all new video teachings and a newly updated prayer practice. You can look forward to these components:

  •  12 emails that give the core teachings and practices.
  •  New videos, covering:
    1. The Human Condition
    2. The Method of the Welcoming Prayer
    3. Nuances and Practice
    4. Fruits of the Prayer
  • Step-by-step instructions on the Welcoming Prayer, plus an audio version of the prayer to assist your practice.
  • A one-hour teleconference with the e-course leaders from Contemplative Outreach
  • Mini-practices to root the Welcoming Prayer in your daily life.

Learn or deepen or renew your practice of this practical and profound prayer. The more we experience the Welcoming Prayer, the more we realize that we need to do the Welcoming Prayer. As we continue to consent, we open to God's healing on ever-deepening levels.

4 CEHs for chaplains available.

Partial scholarships are available through Contemplative Outreach. Please inquire at pamela@coutreach.org.

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Wisdom for Living: The Parables of Jesus

What is the Kingdom of God like?
And to what shall I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that someone
took and sowed in the garden;
it grew and became a tree,
and the birds of the air made nests
in its branches.
-- Luke 13: 18-19

"When rightly understood, the parables help us to see how extraordinary a wisdom teacher Jesus really was, and how revolutionary, in the best sense of the word, was the content of what he taught and to which he bore witness by his life and death.

"These insights cohere particularly well with the actual experience of people on the spiritual journey. When contemplative prayer is seriously embraced, we come upon [a] lived reality … the reversal of expectations, the gradual and often painful liberation from emotional programs for happiness, and the increasing discovery of the kingdom of God in the ordinary and everyday."
— Thomas Keating in the preface to Meditations on the Parables of Jesus

This online course is based on teaching excerpts from Thomas Keating's book, Meditations on the Parables of Jesus, which he recently picked as his "best book." 

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Forgiveness: A Growth in Love

This online retreat focuses on learning and practicing the Prayer of Forgiveness in various relationships and life events. 
Click here for more information or to register for the Forgiveness on-demand course.

 

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