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Centering Prayer Retreat

February 21-27, 2022 (3 p.m. Monday – 11 a.m. Sunday)

St. Benedict’s Guesthouse, Mt. Angel Abbey, Oregon

Expansive views of the Willamette Valley, walking the stations of the cross on the park-like grounds, opportunities to pray with the monks, or simply soaking in the silence, will enhance your Centering Prayer retreat whether you are coming for the first time (Intensive Retreat) or returning (Post-Intensive Retreat). Thomas Keating’s Spiritual Journey videos will be available.

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No Frills Second Sits

To help each other with the prescribed second sit each day, we have created a Monday – Friday  4:30-5:00 pm (Pacific) centering prayer Zoom session.  The team is committed to offering this from Sept. 15 – Dec. 15, 2021.

Come sit with us.  All are welcome – drop in any day or come to all!

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Prison Outreach Service Team

Rita Weick and Robert Currie from Bend go into Deer Ridge Prison, in Madras to teach CP and facilitate a Prayer group. The prison is still closed for Covid, but they hope to be able to go in again soon. The newly formed Prison Outreach Service Team is active during this time, supporting volunteers and those considering volunteering.

View the full announcement with contact ad sign-up information.

In addition, Contact Rita Weick to express your interest and stay up to date on Oregon outreach opportunities.

Two Sits Plus Lectio Divina

Fourth Tuesdays

Two Sits Plus Lectio Divina
Nov. 23, 2021
10 – 11:30 am


You are cordially invited to share some time with our family of contemplatives…
All are welcome! 

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Advent Evening

December 1, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

You are invited to attend a mini-introduction to Centering Prayer at Spirit of Grace in Beaverton, either in person (masks required) or on zoom, Wednesday, December 1, 7-8 pm. Whether you are just curious or wishing for a refresher, this is an opportunity to dip a toe into the realm of silence.

To receive Zoom link please email Benneth, 

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The Voice

Service to Contemplative Outreach – it’s a great way to support your practice. The national office publishes a quarterly newsletter for what we call ‘servant leaders’. The Voice is a publication for anyone who practices centering prayer and particularly anyone who volunteers in any capacity including facilitators or occasional facilitators. It has a wealth of information to support your practice while you are in service to others.

Please always know that COOP welcomes anyone who feels a call to serve our local area in any capacity. Just give Benneth, Linda or Gini a call and we will help you find your way.

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Advent Retreat

 sponsored by Contemplative Outreach Puget Sound North

Time: 9:30 am to 3 pm
Location: The Peace and Spirituality Center, St. Mary on the Lake, Bellevue.

Registration: $30 in person; including handouts, beverages, and pre-retreat snacks. You will be able to pre-order a boxed lunch or bring your own food for lunch.

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Tuesdays with Merton

“I love beer, and, by that very fact, the world.”

– The Humor (and Humanity) of Thomas Merton presented by Paul M. Pearson

Dec. 14, 2021, 8 pm EST.

A webinar series presented by the International Thomas Merton Society and the Center for Spirituality at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame on the second Tuesday of each month. Free and open to the public. Registration required.

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Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat Monastery of St. Gertrude (with Donna Kreiensieck)

April 4-10, 2022

Single Occupancy – $625.00 (scholarships available)

Spirit Center at Monastery of St. Gertrude
465 Keuterville Rd. Cottonwood, Idaho 83522

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Holy Smokes!

Check out these e-bulletins put out by Contemplative Outreach Ltd. The Oct. 2021 mentions four YouTubes with Basil Pennington. Definitely worthwhile monthly reads!

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We are kept from the experience of Spirit because our inner world is cluttered with past traumas . . . As we begin to clear away this clutter, the energy of divine light and love begins to flow through our being.

Thomas Keating

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Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address

This Thanksgiving address was used by the six nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) to open and close major gatherings or meetings. The prayer was also sometimes used individually at the beginning or end of the day.

The People

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.

Now our minds are one.

The Earth Mother

We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Waters

We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms- waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.

Now our minds are one.

The Fish

We turn our minds to the all the Fish life in the water. They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water. They also give themselves to us as food. We are grateful that we can still find pure water. So, we turn now to the Fish and send our greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Plants

Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.

Now our minds are one.

The Food Plants

With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Medicine Herbs

Now we turn to all the Medicine herbs of the world. From the beginning they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the Medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.

The Animals

We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We are honored by them when they give up their lives so we may use their bodies as food for our people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.

Now our minds are one.

The Trees

We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many people of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.

Now our minds are one.

The Birds

We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader. To all the Birds-from the smallest to the largest-we send our joyful greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Four Winds

We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help us to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.

Closing Words

We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.

Now our minds are one.

Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World English version: John Stokes and Kanawahienton (David Benedict, Turtle Clan/Mohawk) Mohawk version: Rokwaho (Dan Thompson, Wolf Clan/Mohawk) Original inspiration: Tekaronianekon (Jake Swamp, Wolf Clan/Mohawk).

Available through the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.