Parking is available in the lot on the north side of the church, accessible from Euclid Avenue, and on the lot behind the church, accessible from both Washington Avenue and the alley to the north of the church.

Contemplative Prayer

Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Incarnation, directly inside the front door, to the right
 
Our lives are full of activity, noise, and 24-hour accessibility. On Wednesdays we step out of that culture and into a sacred space to listen and remind ourselves of whose we are. We are a community of people seeking a time of silence, openness and attentiveness in order to hear God’s love for us. To know and experience that presence makes it possible to go into the world “to do the work you have given us to do”: working for justice, welcoming the stranger, loving our enemies, listening deeply, being kind. Richard Rohr reminds us, there is “…the inherent connection between action and contemplation, the dialogue between the outer journey and the inner journey. Contemplation is the connection to the Source of Love that allows grounded activists to stay engaged for the long haul without burning out. Moses shows us that this marriage of action and contemplation is essential and possible.”
 
Silence makes us pilgrims.
- Henri Nouwen
 
The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega. It is God’s brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blended note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings. You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to address the prayer to “World.” Distinctions blur. Quit your tents. Pray without ceasing.
- Annie Dillard

  • Introduction to Contemporary Prayer is available here.
  • Bibliography is available here.
  • Graphic of The Tree of Contemplative Practices is available here.
  • Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating is available here.

Facilitator: Mary Taylor