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Lectio Divina ("Sacred Reading" in Latin) is reading with the heart of a few lines from Scripture. The scholastic method of Lectio Divinia has four moments and can be practiced alone or in a group :

The Scripture passage is read slowly 2 -3 times during each moment. If at any time we would like to have the Scripture passage read again during these four moments, we say so.

  1. Lectio - Reading the Word of God Listen carefully as the Psalm is read each time. Immerse yourself in the Word of God.

  2. Meditatio- Reflecting on the Word of God As the Psalm is read each time, notice what one Word or short phrase stirs your soul. Savor it. Absorb the Word or phrase that the Spirit speaks to you. Listen fully and allow the Word or phrase to take root in your heart. Offer up the Word or phrase aloud or silently.

  3. Oratio - Speaking to God As the Psalm is read each time, respond to the Word given to you by the Spirit. You may offer aloud or silently what you feel about the Word or phrase placed in your heart.

  4. Contemplatio - Resting in God As the Scripture Passage is read this time, the Word given to you by the Spirit becomes your Sacred Word pduring this time of Centering Prayer. The prayer period ends with final reading of the Psalm.

Please contact Tim Goldman if you have any questions or would like more information about Lectio Divinia. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 745-9842.

The COCI service team is requesting that event attendees please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, or bringing scented candles to our programs as we have some folks who are allergic and cannot enjoy the event.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

“Within Our Darkest Night”
Winter Solstice Taizè Worship

Saturday, December 21, 7:00 p.m.
Immanuel United Methodist Church
2900 49th Street

Please join us for a beautiful, candlelight worship expe-rience embracing the presence of the Holy One on the darkest night of the year. We will worship with the songs and prayers of Taizè. A free-will offering will be taken to support a newly established scholarship fund for Contemplative Outreach of Central Iowa.


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Praying With Scripture

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Facilitator: Tim Goldman

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church: Parish Hall
1020 24th St. in West Des Moines, IA

Exploring Lectio Divina as a Meditative Practice Lectio Divina is a traditional way of cultivating friendship with the Divine. It is a way of listening to the texts of scripture as if we were in conversation with the Divine. We listen with the “ear of the heart.”

Sign in and refreshments begin at 8:30. Program from 9 AM – 12 Noon.
Cost: A $15 donation is suggested.

Information: Tim Goldman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-745-9842

Please Register


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Discernment Matters

Beginning Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Third Saturday of the month through June 20th
10 - 11AM
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
24th and Ashworth in West Des Moines.

You are invited to join in a monthly study of the book Discernment Matters: Listening with the Ear of the Heart by Mary Margaret (Meg) Funk, OSB.
This is an opportunity for those who want to learn and practice discernment as taught by the early monastic tradition. Together we'll learn about discernment as a spiritual practice that gives us a foundation for making decisions grounded in sacred wisdom and prayer; the difference between discernment and decision-making; and the consideration of important tools of discernment essential for making decisions today.

If you'd like, please join us beforehand at 9AM for lectio divina and centering prayer.


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Lenten Retreat

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Facilitator: Mary Jo Pfeifer Wulf

Westminster Presbyterian Church
1416 20th Street, Ames

Sign in and refreshments begin at 8:30. Program from 9 AM – 12 Noon.
Cost: A $15 donation is suggested.

Information: Mary Jo Pfeifer Wulf - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-441-6446

Please Register


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Sustained Lectio Divina

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Facilitator: Tim Goldman

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church,  Rm 133
1020 24th St. in West Des Moines, IA

For those experienced in Lectio Divina, come journey more deeply into the method of Lectio Divina as described in the book Lectio Matters by Mary Margaret Funk, OSB. Sustained Lectio is a way of life, what Sister Meg calls “a culture of God consciousness”. where lectio is what we do “whenever we are not doing something else”.

Saturdays starting March 14 from 10am -11am through May 9
Cost: A $15 donation for the series is suggested.

Information: Tim Goldman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-745-9842

Please Register


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 United in Prayer Day

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Hamilton's Funeral Home
3601Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA

Participate with your local contemplative community in a special day of world-wide prayer, fellowship, enrichment and reflection.
Hamilton's Funeral Home, 3601Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA

Sign in and refreshments begin at 9:00 AM. Program from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon.
Cost: A $15 donation is suggested.

Information: Cheri Grauer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-979-1988

Please Register


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 Intro to the Welcoming Prayer Retreat

Friday – Sunday, May 1-3, 2020
Facilitator: Mary Lapham, Contemplative Outreach LTD

Rock River Retreat Center
1792 280th St. Webster City, IA.

Friday evening thru Sunday afternoon.
Cost: TBD

More details to follow.


Information: Mary Jo Pfeifer Wulf - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-441-6446


 

Summer 2020
Weekend Centering Prayer/12-step Retreat

Annual 12 step Centering Prayer retreat for folks in recovery (and their families and friends) who practice CP as an 11th Step discipline.

Check back for details.

 

 

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American Martyrs Retreat House, Cedar Falls, IA