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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.

Carmen Acevedo Butcher: The Cloud, the
Presence and Centering Prayer

October 1, 2022

Learn more from a contemplative author.
Zoom presentation hosted by
Contemplative Outreach International
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Fall Silent Weekend Retreat

Doorway Into Silence

October 21-23, 2022
5:30 pm Fri. to 12:30 pm Sun.

Contemplative Outreach of Central Iowa is offering a weekend of silence and contemplation structured around Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer into a receptive prayer of resting in the presence of God.

This retreat is designed for those living busy lives yet seeking some time away for contemplation. Familiarity with Centering Prayer is helpful but staff will be on hand to offer support for those who are new to that prayer practice.

Lots of time will be free for private reflection. This is offered in the beautiful surroundings of the Rock River Retreat Center just south of Webster City Iowa where there are trails for walking or hiking, campfires each evening and plenty of space to relax and pray. Meals will be provided from Friday evening through lunch on Sunday.

Event location: Rock River Retreat Center, 1792 280th Street, Webster City, Iowa 50595. This lovely retreat center has accommodations for up to 18 people. This is an adult friendly center with 10 hotel style bedrooms, each furnished with two twin beds and a private bathroom.

Cost: $150 for a single room and $110 per person for those who would like to share a room.

For more information contact:
    Mary Jo Pfeifer Wulf (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 515-441-6446)
    Roz Gunnink (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 515-337-3487)
or Darla Ewalt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 515-290-1914)

Registration   Download Flyer

COCI Meeting Schedule

Download Full Schedule for October 2022 - April 2023

Expressions of Gratitude

The month of November
Online journal opportunity for COCI
More information to come.

Advent Retreat

December 3rd, 9:00-3:30
Grace Lutheran Church 3010 52nd St.
Des Moines, IA
Registration coming in November.

Winter Solstice: Seven Sacred Pauses

December 21st

Immanuel UMC, 2900 49th Street
7:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Noon 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Paul Witmer


December 21st Evening
Immanuel UMC, 2900 49th Street

6:00 p.m. Taize Rehearsal/Supper
7:00 p.m. Taize

New Year Retreat Day on Zoom

January 1. 2022
More information to come.

Facilitators Support Workshop

January 21, 2023
More information to come.

Lenten 18 Hour Retreat

Feb. 24th & 25th
More information to come

United in Prayer Day and Retreat

More information to come.

Good Friday: Seven Sacred Pauses

Immanuel UMC, 2900 49th Street
April 7th

6:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.  
Noon 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.  6:00 p.m.
Paul Witmer


April 22 or 23 
More information to come.

8 Day Post-intensive Retreat

July 14-21, 2023
Benet House, Rock Island IL

More information to come.



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