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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!

Contact councilcoordinating@gmail.com for login information.

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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. They are in fact having a monthly meeting for active and prospective volunteers this Monday.

In addition, Contact Rita Weick to express your interest and stay up to date on Oregon outreach opportunities.
2weicks@bendbroadband.com

Living Flame 2

November 9, 2021 @ 9:00 am – April 12, 2022 @ 2:30 pm

A Formation Program
O living flame of love that tenderly wounds my soul
in its deepest center! – John of the Cross

Starts November 9 on Zoom!

This extraordinary program includes seven full-day offerings of in-depth spiritual study presented over a seven-month period by commissioned Living Flame presenters from  Contemplative Outreach Ltd.

When: Second Tuesday of each month – Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. On Zoom.

Fee: $100 suggested, but pay what you are able.

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Introduction to Centering Prayer for 12 Step Programs (an 11th-Step Practice)

Saturday, Oct. 30th, 2021; 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Pacific Time
On Zoom, Free of charge

The primary purpose of the 12-Step outreach team of CONW is to deepen our practice of the 11th step: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” We try to pass on the simple method of Centering Prayer to others in recovery.

Honor All Saints Day &  Dia de los Muertos by Creating Personal Memorial Altars

Honor All Saints Day & Dia de los Muertos by Creating Personal Memorial Altars

Tues., Oct. 26 – 3-4:30pm – OR – Wed., Oct. 27 – 1-2:30PM

Cost: $20 per person
(Note supply list in more info)

Fourth Tuesdays

Two Sits Plus Lectio Divina

October 26, 2021, 10 – 11:30 am

You are cordially invited to share some time with our family of contemplatives.

All are welcome!

Contact councilcoordinating@gmail.com for login information

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Save the Dates

Retreat Update, October 2021

After a glorious week at the newly renovated Mt. Angel Abbey guesthouse last August, we are excited about returning there in 2022! The dates we have chosen are February 21-27 and October 3-9 – two 6-night/7-day retreats to choose from!

Registration is not open yet, but please save the dates in your calendars and stay tuned for the COOP e-news in November where more details will be revealed. Registration will be online.

In the meantime, consider Zoom day retreats each month with the Living Flame program, on second Tuesdays 9 am-2:30 pm, beginning on November 9. A different presenter from Contemplative Outreach National will be featured each month through May 2022.

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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!

“God has made all kinds of creatures. A flower turns its face to the sun, and if it could speak, would say, ‘Here I am.’ Just being a flower is the glory that it gives God. But a human being is made differently … What distinguishes us from the rest of material creation is freedom. It is when, with our capacity for acting freely, we turn to God and say, ‘Here I am,’ that we begin to glorify our Creator.

“At the same time, it is not enough to have transcendent experiences. We have to translate those experiences into daily life and into our humdrum routine. We have to bring all our faculties into harmony with higher states of consciousness and express that knowledge in human terms, in the dusts of this world.”

- Thomas Keating,

The Heart of the World: An Introduction to Christian Contemplation

Contemplative Outreach of Portland Newsletter

Dew Drop

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!

Contact councilcoordinating@gmail.com for login information.

Heartfulness: Transformation in Christ

September 23 @ 5:30 pm – November 18 @ 7:00 pm

Course 6 in the Spiritual Journey Series.  Do you need a change of heart?  This is a 9 week online series in which Fr. Thomas builds upon the concepts of the Spiritual Journey classes and their relationship to our everyday lives.

This heartfulness series has always been reported as excellent and a must-do. We have never offered it in Oregon so we encourage you to consider it – especially now that it’s on Zoom!

Dates: Sept. 23 – Nov.18, 5:30 pm (Pacific)

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Contemplative Grief Group

October 5 – December 7

The Covid Pandemic has created many losses in our lives, and none of those losses compares to the loss of loved ones in our lives. We are pleased to be able to offer an online grief support group this Fall. We will join with 10 of you to create a safe place to mourn and to begin the reconciliation process in our lives. Our work will center around Contemplative practices and the work of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, who has shared his work on healing from grief extensively.

Two Sits Plus Lectio Divina

Sept. 28, 2021, 10 – 11:30 am

You are cordially invited to share some time with our family of contemplatives.

All are welcome!

Contact councilcoordinating@gmail.com for login information

Rami Shapiro “First, stop playing God.”

October 9 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Twelve-Step Spirituality is for everyone, because everyone suffers from the foundational addiction of humankind: playing God. In this talk Rabbi Rami will use elements of the Twelve Steps as well as insights common to all mystical traditions to explore the notion of playing God and the liberating realization that God is playing us.

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Mercy Center Auburn Retreat and Conference Center

October 13 – October 21

Auburn, California
Centering Prayer
October 13 – October 21, 2021

9-day Silent Intensive II and Post Intensive Retreat sponsored by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

The retreat will be facilitated by Susan Turpin, Marty Badgett, and Fr. Bill Sheehan, OMI. Susan, Marty, and Fr. Bill have served within the Contemplative Outreach network for many years and have led many Centering Prayer retreats and workshops. Retreat begins Wednesday, October 13th with registration from 3:00 to 5:30; dinner at 5:30pm; ends Thursday, October 21st after lunch.

Note: UPDATED PROTOCOL
All guests are required to be fully vaccinated.  Please send proof of vaccination with your registration. You may email to Robin Lionello or text her 530 906-2881.

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Christ in All Things Film Series with Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, PhD

Four-part video series Christ in All Things with Father Vincent Pizzuto, PhD.