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Contemplative Lounge: The Grateful Heart and Centering Prayer

Saturday, November 10, 2018

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is Thank You, that is enough.” This quote from the twelfth century mystic, Meister Eckhart, suggests that gratitude is a powerful spiritual value and practice. What does the Christian prayer of silence, known as Centering Prayer, have to do with healing wounds, cultivating a grateful heart, and sensing that we are meant to appreciate life’s gift of abundance?

This morning's “contemplative lounge” is an opportunity to join with others in informal conversation to explore this question and what it means to live abundantly while committing to grow in the contemplative values of silence, stillness, simplicity, and service. Whether you are a seasoned Centering Prayer practitioner, a beginner, one who struggles with meditation, or just curious, you are invited to reflect on thanksgiving and gratitude in a welcoming environment.

We will begin and end our time with communal Centering Prayer.

Facilitator: Kathy Reardon, Spiritual Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

Faith Lutheran Church, Clive, IA 
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 Des Moines: 10th Annual Advent Silent Retreat

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Please consider a donation of $15 for these events, payable at the door.

Grace Lutheran Church,  Des Moines.
Contact: Paul Witmer, 240-1653; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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 Ames: Advent Silent Retreat

Saturday, December 8, 2018
8:30 (coffee snacks), prayer:  9 - noon

Please consider a donation of $15 for these events, payable at the door.

First Christian Church,  in Ames.
Contact: Mary Jo Wulf, 515-441-6446, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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 18-Hour Lenten Retreat

March 8-9, 2019

Beginning with a simple supper on Friday evening and concluding with lunch on Saturday, we'll share about 18 hours of silence, prayer and reflection. In addition to ample Centering Prayer time shared together, other spiritual disciplines will be offered for prayer, inner work and worship.

Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cost: $55

Central Presbyterian Church,  Des Moines
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8-Day Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

September 20-27, 2019

St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska

This Post-Intensive Retreat will consist of continuous periods of Centering Prayer from before sunrise until the dinner hour, with breaks for meals. Attendees may participate in as much prayer as they are called to. Short pauses for entering and leaving the silence will be offered every 30 minutes. There will be no teaching and no reading during this immersion in silence. Those who wish may attend daily mass at the Priory.

Cost is $650, which includes single occupancy room with private bathroom, and all meals. A limited number of double occupancy rooms are available. Please visit with Chris Frantsvog about prices, scholarships, restrictions you have: (515) 306-1221.

Retreat Directors: Chris Frantsvog and Paul Witmer

Registrations are limited to 22 attendees

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American Martyrs Retreat House, Cedar Falls, IA

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Contemplative Lounge: The Grateful Heart and Centering Prayer
Nov 10, 2018
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Des Moines: 10th Annual Advent Silent Retreat
Dec. 8, 2018
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Ames: Advent Silent Retreat
Dec. 8, 2018
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18-Hour Lenten Retreat
March 8-9, 2019
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“The root of prayer is interior silence.  We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words.  But this is only one expression.  Deep prayer is the laying aside of thoughts.  It is the opening of mind and heart, body and feelings—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond words, thoughts and emotions.”  (OM, 136)