Ancient Contemplative Wisdom:
A workshop with Ward Bauman
Plymouth Congregational Church (map)
Saturday, April 29th
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Gather with us as Ward Bauman explores the development of Christian contemplative thought and practice from the time of Jesus’ teaching, and how we might continue to learn from this ancient wisdom and deepen our own practice of Centering Prayer today.
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New Centering Prayer Groups
Church of the Risen Savior
Wednesdays, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Thursdays, 6:15-6:45 p.m.
House of Hope Presbyterian Church
Mondays, 11:00 a.m.
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Save The Date: Fall Retreat 2017
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, Minnesota
The Wisdom of Father Keating
The Prodigal Son
Everything I have is yours.
Luke 15:31 NLT
The chief point of ... [the Parable of the Prodigal Son] is the invitation to each of us (whichever son you wish to identify with) to recognize that the reign of God is sheer gift. The divine inheritance does not belong to us or anyone else. It is the result of the sheer goodness of our Father. The father in this parable is characterized by unconditional love toward both his sons, each of whom abused the inheritance by wanting to take possession of it in his own way. Each is equally guilty of rejecting the goodness and love of this extraordinary father who is not put off by either of them; neither by the wild dissipation of the younger son, nor by the bitter self-righteousness of the elder. The Elder Son is offered just as much mercy as the younger, but because of his self-righteousness, it is harder for him to receive it. His prode will not allow him to accept the inheritance as sheer gift. (MC, 49-50)
Filled with love and compassion,
he ran to his son embraced him, and kissed him.
Luke 15:20 NLT
From: The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living
Excerpts from the works of Father Thomas Keating
Compiled by S. Stephanie Iachetta
Reflections on the 2016 Fall Retreat
Photo Album, by David Jorgenson
God Saw Her, a poem by Lynn Johnson
Three Affirmations of Humility, by Carol Quest
Scriptural Reflections, by Robert Tredray
Movements of Humility, by Shawn Kafader
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- We are an ecumenical group of women and men volunteers ministering together to support and nurture the practitioners of Centering Prayer in Minnesota. We do this by providing teachers, sharing resources and building community.
- Centering Prayer is an ancient form of Christian meditation that deepens a practitioner's relationship with God.
- Minnesota Contemplative Outreach is one of more than 120 chapters in 53 countries formed by National Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a worldwide spiritual network that provides support and resources for Centering Prayer Practitioners.
- We have 21 teachers offering introductory classes, retreats and other enrichment opportunities throughout the year. We also support Centering Prayer groups throughout the state.
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