St Johns Bridge in Portland

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Artwork: Agni Yoga, by Nicholas Roerich

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Enter the Silence: A Centering Prayer Retreat

7-day Intensive or Post-Intensive
Monday to Sunday, October 28 – November 3, 2024

Twin Rocks Friends Camp
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of Portland & Contemplative Outreach Willamette Valley

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No Frills Second Sits

Mondays through Fridays 

Mondays through Fridays
4:30-5:00 pm (Pacific)

No chit-chat, no extras.
All are welcome.
Drop in any time

Contact councilcoordinating@gmail.com for login information.

Photo by Linda Garcia

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Spiritual Journey Course - Zoom

Spiritual Journey Course

Every Tuesday night, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
(right after No Frills – same link)

Community building as we walk the spiritual journey together
Come to all or drop in anytime

February topics: Prayer in Secret and Divine Therapy

Contact councilcoordinating@gmail.com for login information.

photo by Szabó Viktor

Discover Labyrinths

Labyrinth, Simple Supper, Taize

In Person

February 2, 2024
and First Fridays monthly

Labyrinth walk 5pm
Supper 6 pm
Taize 7 pm

Franciscan Spiritual Center
Marylhurst Commons
donations gratefully accepted

Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes

Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounds of the Village Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes Zoom

Saturday, February 3, 8-11 am Pacific

“Love and suffering are the ultimate crises for the human ego.” – Richard Rohr, OFM

Dr. Holmes is a faculty member of the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Gregorian Chant Sheet Music

Contemplative Chanting In Person

Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 10-11 am

Chant the Psalms, Taize, Gregorian, and contemporary as a way to connect with Spirit in Prayer.
Drop in anytime

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

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Group Spiritual Direction Online via Zoom

Are you interested in trying Group Spiritual Direction?  

Registration now open for the Franciscan Spiritual Center spring series, which meets once per month February through May.

There are a variety of days and times to choose from including evenings! 

Cynthia Bourgeault's book, The Wisdom Way of Knowing Book Cover

The Wisdom Way of Knowing

February 21 – May 1, 2024

Online via Zoom

Join us as we read Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, in a contemplative manner, seeking wisdom and guidance for our spiritual journey. 

St. Francis and the Wolf

Introduction to the Welcoming Prayer

Saturday, March 2, 2024, 9:30-12:30
In Person

Welcoming Prayer is a practice of consent-on-the-go. We will learn how to feel and sink into our physical and emotional reactions to daily life, and welcome God into our experience, 

Our presenter is Vicki Hess-Smith, who was mentored by Mary Dwyer, from CO-Ltd.

Franciscan Spiritual Center
Marylhurst Commons

suggested donation $20, at the door

image: St Francis and the Wolf

berries growing on a tree in the woods

Introduction to The Forgiveness Prayer

March 16, 2024 – Online Via Zoom

This workshop will teach the practice of The Forgiveness Prayer.  Is there someone in your life whom you find difficult to forgive?  The Prayer of Forgiveness is a powerful prayer that can help you forgive at the deepest level of your being. 

Chair by a window overlooking a forest

Introduction to the Welcoming Prayer

Saturday, March 16, 2024, 9 am-12 pm
In Person

Welcoming Prayer is a practice of consent-on-the-go. We will learn how to feel and sink into our physical and emotional reactions to daily life, and welcome God into our experience, 

Our presenter is Vicki Hess-Smith, who was mentored by Mary Dwyer, from CO-Ltd.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Email przimmer@comcast.net

photo: Benneth Husted

The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D.

The Very Rev. Michael Battle

Saturday, March 23, 2024
Online via Zoom
8:00 am – 2:00 pm Pacific Time

“The essence of African Christian mysticism (founded in the desert tradition of monasticism) is not taught but caught.” – Michael Battle

Online Cost: $60

Scholarships are available

stones stacked by the sea

Introduction to Centering Prayer In Person

Saturday, April 13, 2024
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Holy Name Catholic Church
50 S. Dean Street
Coquille, OR 97423

Email 3443elle@gmail.com for more information.

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Word of the Week

“Epiphany is the Christian celebration of what our brothers and sisters in other religions call enlightenment.

Enlightenment is the inward realization and consciousness of being identified with who we really are. We are not our false selves or egos. Kiss them goodbye. They have no future. We have to have an ego in some degree to function in this life, but the most important aspect of our life is the epiphany or revelation of God that is going on all the time in the details of life.”

– Thomas Keating,

artwork: Hilma af Klint, Altarpiece

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