St Johns Bridge in Portland
Welcoming Forgiveness and Centering Prayer Retreat

Welcoming Forgiveness and Centering Prayer Retreat

With Mary Dwyer

September 5, 2023 – September 10, 2023

This 6-day retreat will explore the dance between
Welcoming Prayer and Forgiveness.

There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer, Silence & Solitude.

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No Frills Second Sits

Mondays through Fridays, now through Nov. 18, 2022   
4:30-5:00pm (Pacific)
No chit-chat, no extras.
All are welcome.
Drop in any time

All are welcome – drop in any time. Contact for login information.

Photo by Chetan Kolte

Cynthia Bourgeault

Mystical Hope in our Times with Cynthia Bourgeault

November 5, 1 pm – 2:30 pm PT on Zoom

Spirituality & Practice is delighted that Cynthia Bourgeault, our most popular e-course presenter, will be doing a special “Benefit Talk and Q&A Conversation” about hope in our times. In her 2001 book Mystical Hope, she suggested a new way of understanding hope in the spiritual life. She explained that hope is not tied to a future desired outcome, some fix-it impulse. It has to do with presence, the experience of being met by something from within. It is an abiding sense of being that bears fruit in sensations of strength, joy, and satisfaction.

lighted staircase

New Spiritual Journey Course - Zoom

What does it mean to live a contemplative life?

Spiritual Journey Course
Every Tuesday night 5:00 – 6:00 pm
(right after NoFrills – same link)

Featured Ongoing Event

New and open to everyone!
A deep dive into Centering Prayer.
Guided lectio, video or audio, discussion.
Come to all in sequence or drop in.

November Lessons 2022
  • 11/1: #19 Formation Homemade Self Pt.2
  • 11/8: #20 Formation Homemade Self Pt 2 cont
  • 11/15: #21 Pre-Rational Energy Centers. Pt.1
  • 11/22: #22 Pre-Rational Energy Centers Pt.1 cont
  • 11/29: #23 Pre-Rational Energy Centers Pt. 2
 lone tree in a mystical fog.

Why am I reaching again for the brushes?
When I paint your portrait, God,
nothing happens.
But I can choose to feel you.

At my senses’ horizon
you appear hesitantly,
like scattered islands …

All creation holds its breath, listening within me,
because, to hear you, I keep silent.

(Image Kyryl Levenets – Unsplash)

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