At such a time God may, perhaps, send out a shaft of spiritual light … and show you some of his secrets…
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February 2019

An Introduction to the Practice of Centering Prayer

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:45 pm
Hinsley Room,
Morpeth Terrace
London, United Kingdom
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A workshop introducing the basic principles of Centering Prayer with a detailed explanation of the method and opportunities to practice. All are welcome, whether you are completely new to this practice, or if you want to refresh your practice as well as spend time with others interested in the contemplative dimension of Christianity. Suggested donation £10. Bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

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March 2019

Exploring the Welcome Prayer Practice

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - March 4 @ 4:00 am
The House of Prayer,
35 Seymour Road
East Molesey, KT8 0PB United Kingdom
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Led by Jill Benet and Jacqueline Evans. Sometimes called ‘consent on the go’, the Welcome Prayer as described by Rev Dr Cynthia Bourgeault ‘is a powerful path for connecting the inner consent of Centering Prayer with the outer requirement of unconditional presence in daily life’. This longer weekend will allow time to revisit the method of the Welcome Prayer and review its background, as well as time to practise. There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and silence.

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Centering Prayer Introductory Programme

March 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
St. Peter’s Church,
Mount Park Road
Ealing, London W5 2RU United Kingdom
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Led by John O'Brien and Christiane Ghose. An Introduction to Centering Prayer running over five weekly afternoon sessions of about 1.5 hours each. It starts on March 7th and continues on the 14th, 21st, and 28th, concluding on April 4th. All are welcome. St. Peter's Church is only about 8 minutes walk from Ealing Broadway station which is on the Central and District lines and also on the rail main line. Please contact John (details below) for further details and…

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Introductory Workshop

March 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. Bede’s Pastoral Centre,
21 Blossom Street
York, YO24 1AQ United Kingdom
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A workshop both for those who may already practice Centering Prayer and also for those who are drawn to silent prayer and would like to explore. As well as times of prayer, the day will include talks on the “tools” and conceptual background, and opportunities for discussion. Led by Rev. Mel King and Rev. Mark Waters. Refreshments provided; please bring a packed lunch. To book register online: http://www.stbedes.org.uk/events-booking-form OR contact The Bede Pastoral Centre: Tel: 01904 464900 ; admin @stbedes.org

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Understanding the Human Condition

March 23 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
St. Giles Parish Centre,
Bury Lane
Codicote, Hertfordshire SG4 8XX United Kingdom
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This afternoon of enrichment consisting of periods of silent prayer and some teaching input will be of interest to those who already have an established practice of silent prayer or are seeking to establish one of whatever type. We will be looking at Fr. Thomas' teaching on the "False Self", that constellation of habits of mind, knee-jerk reactions and prejudices that controls our lives - if we let it. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please contact Steve Pearce (below)…

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April 2019

Centering Prayer: Revisiting the Practice

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Convent of Poor Clares,
Arundel, W. Sussex BN18 9PJ United Kingdom
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A day of encouragement for those who practice Centering Prayer and those who would like to re-invigorate their practice. Suggested donation £10. Space is limited! If you would like to attend please book with Sr. Clare Ruva (below) before 28th February. Tea and coffee will be provided; please bring a packed lunch.

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Living with the Mystics

April 13 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
St. Nicholas’ Community Centre,
Bury Street
Guildford, GU2 4AW United Kingdom
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Living the Contemplative Life: What gets in the way. Led by Jill Benet. Drawing on the work of Trappist monk and founder of the Centering Prayer movement, Fr. Thomas Keating and that of Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, wisdom teacher and hermit, we shall consider whether there is more than meets the eye in the obstacles we encounter in our contemplative practice. All welcome. Suggested donation £10. Bring your own lunch - tea and coffee provided from 10am.

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May 2019

Cynthia Bourgeault. From Performance to Gift: Deepening the Practice of Centering Prayer

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. Dunstan’s Church,
Earle Road
Liverpool, L7 6HD United Kingdom
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Cynthia has said that ‘there are too many doing Centering Prayer in their heads, preoccupied with the correct application of “their” sacred word or struggling to achieve a thought-free inner state.....Once the kenotic nature of the prayer is grasped and trusted all this falls away. As “letting go” becomes an embodied gesture rather than a spiritual attitude...Centering Prayer immediately drops out of the head... the practice shifts from some thing you perform to something you give.' Cynthia will lead practitioners…

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Cynthia Bourgeault. Preaching in Liverpool.

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

On Sunday 5 May 2019 Cynthia Bourgeault will be preaching in Liverpool. First, at 10.00am at St Bride’s Church, Percy Street, Liverpool L8 7LT; then at Evensong at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (L1 7AZ) at 3.00pm.

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Cynthia Bourgeault. Putting the Mind into the Heart.

May 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Bride’s Church,
Percy Street
Liverpool, L8 7LT United Kingdom
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Centering Prayer and the Christian Contemplative Tradition: ST BRIDE’S PUBLIC THEOLOGY LECTURE. This talk will explore the practice of Centering Prayer from both a theological and neurological perspective. It will look at how this no-frills method of meditation in the Christian tradition differs from the standard ‘entry-level’ mindfulness practice with which it is often confused. It will also explore how Centering Prayer sheds new light on that ancient Christian intuition that contemplation is not simply a spiritual pathway or devotional…

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