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Kathleen Deignan, CPD

Sister Kathleen Deignan

Thomas Merton: Guide Through the Dark Night of Earth

Sr. Kathleen Deignan will explore Merton’s message in a new millennium in this zoom event:  

May 7, 2022

Cynthia Bourgeault

The Mystery of Death Cynthia Bourgeault

The Mystery of Death Cynthia Bourgeault
Mon., April 18 – Fri., May 13

Wooden Cross

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

April 4-10, 2022

Single Occupancy – $625.00 (scholarships available)

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

Cynthia Bourgeault and Thomas Keating

Cynthia Bourgeault "Thomas Keating: The Last Thirty Years"

Featured Event

Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of Colorado

In Person and Zoom Presentation

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 8:00 – 2:00 pm Pacific Time

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United in Spirit

March 26th, 10 am to 3 pm
The Peace and Spirituality Center
Bellevue

Spend an enriching day participating in the United in Spirit in-person retreat March 26th.  This year, we will continue to offer opportunities for the practice of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina and we will also join with our brothers and sisters in faith from the other Abrahamic traditions of Judaism and Islam-to learn more of their spiritual practices and join in a day of spiritual fellowship.

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Introduction to Centering Prayer

With Adina Meyers and Sr. Anna-Camille Wooden, OSB

Saturday, March 26th, 2022, 9:00 – 1:00 pm Pacific Time

Registration $25.00

(register through St. Placid Priory Spirituality Center)

On Zoom

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Looking for an Apprentice Newsletter Editor!

A computer and light computer skills required.  Three sessions with me to learn the easy software. Format is already set up so it would be mostly copy and paste.

Contact Linda Garcia. Lgarciapdx@gmail.com

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Centering Prayer 9 Day Silent Retreat

March 17 – 25, 2022 at the Mercy Center
Auburn, California
(waitlist only)

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Forgiveness: A Growth in Love - 2022

Forgiveness: A Growth in Love – 2022 By Mary DwyerContemplative Outreach

Thursday, March 03 – Monday, April 11

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The Evolving Conciousness of Thomas Keating

The Evolving Conciousness of Thomas Keating with Cynthia Bourgeault and his nephew Ted Jones.
(1 1/2 hours).

https://youtu.be/qywK6MIQoxg

Mercy Center Outdoor Space with Trees

Centering Prayer 9 Day Silent Retreat

March 17 – 25, 2022 at the Mercy Center
Auburn, California
(waitlist only)

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The Welcoming Prayer

January 29, 2022, 9:00 am MT

“It is a way of turning everything over to God …”

Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart

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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.

 

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.

Christmas Gifts

Merry Christmas to you!

Watch as Fr. Carl Arico, a founder of Contemplative Outreach, with great joy and humor reflects on his 50-year relationship with his friend and spiritual father, Abbot Thomas Keating. Thanks are due to Contemplative Outreach Philippines for providing this recording from their event remembering the third anniversary of Fr. Keating’s death October 25, 2021.

YouTube:    https://youtu.be/deRgJjLuVdw

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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

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! 

Contact councilcoordinating@gmail.com for login information.
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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, bhusted@easystreet.net 

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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.

Learn More Today

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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.

Merton

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.

Wooden Cross

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

April 4-10, 2022

Single Occupancy – $625.00 (scholarships available)

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

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)

Morning Dew

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.

Father Pizzuto

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

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