Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ. – Adopted from Contemplative Outreach
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Find A Centering Prayer Group in East Tennessee
Sunday at 5 p.m.
St. Francis Episcopal Church, 154 W Norris Rd, Norris, TN 37828
The Centering Prayer Group meets every Sunday evening. All are welcome – just come.
Monday at 6:15 p.m.
The Meaningful Life Center, 116 Carr St., Knoxville, TN 37919
Facilitator: Ronda Redden Reitz
Phone: (865) 833-5833 or (865) 382-2747
For thousands of years, the world’s wisdom traditions have affirmed that there is more to life than the everyday things on which we spend much of our time. Meaningful Life Center participants explore, study, and discuss the components of a meaningful life and consider what is most important for their own lives in light of the guidance of a range of ideas from philosophy, psychology, science, art, music, literature, poetry, and the world’s wisdom traditions and practices. Within this context, Centering Prayer, in the Christian contemplative tradition, meets on Monday evenings for 30″of prayer beginning at 6:15 pm (please arrive a couple of minutes early), which during the school term is followed by reading and discussion of a relevant text as it applies to our practices. We end at 7:30 pm (earlier in the summer when we don’t read a book.)
Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W 7th St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
The Centering Prayer group at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga meets from 12:30-1:30 every Wednesday. After a brief check-in, we read a psalm and enter into 20 minutes of silence. After centering a poem is read, and then we watch a DVD study and briefly discuss it. Our current study is The Future of Christianity-A Startling New Vision of Hope for the 21st Century. This study addresses the question of “How can Christianity become a transforming force for the 21st Century?” Renowned Christian contemplative Father Thomas Keating and best-selling author and philosopher Ken Wilbur suggest major changes are needed. This DVD contains their suggestions for a transformed church, one that truly supports the human development of its members.
Monday at 1 p.m.
The Center for Mindful Living, 400 E Main St #150, Chattanooga, TN 37408
The Centering Prayer group at the Center for Mindful Living meets from 1-2 every Monday. After a brief check-in, a poem is read as we enter into 20 minutes of silence. Following that centering, we watch a DVD study and then briefly discuss it. Our current study, which started June 20, is The Enneagram as a Tool for your Spiritual Journey. The DVD was recorded during a 2009 conference with Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, and Russ Hudson, co-founder of the Enneagram Institute. There is no charge for members of the Center for Mindful Living, but non-members are expected to make a small donation to the Center.
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 848 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415