Centering Prayer is a form of silent Christian meditation where one practices letting go of thoughts during periods of prayer lasting for one or more 20 minute periods. It is rooted in the self-emptying love that forms the heart of Jesus' teaching and life. The effect on those who practice it is an ever-increasing awareness of God's action and presence in the course of ordinary life.
Our Centering prayer group at St. James meets in the Oertle Room on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30. We read a short piece on contemplative living and center for two 20 minute periods followed by a prayer or a reading from the scriptures.
The group is open to and welcomes everyone. Beginners may speak with Melinda Crawford for more information and instruction on the method. Meditators from other traditions are welcome. We sit in silence in the Presence of God and one another. The effects of this practice are healing and profound.
If you wish to be placed on our mailing list to receive emails on our meetings, wisdom sayings, Centering Prayer introductory workshops and retreats, email Melinda. This would give you an insight into our practice if you are considering joining our group.
"While Centering Prayer is done privately most of the time,
a weekly sharing of the experience in a small group
has proven to be very supportive.
The weekly meeting serves as a means of accountability.
Knowing that one's support group is meeting together each week
is an enormous encouragement to the practice of centering prayer.
By sharing the experience of Centering Prayer with others,
one's own discernment of the ups and downs of the practice is sharpened.
The group serves as a source of encouragement."
- Thomas Keating
"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul." -Mahatma Gandhi