Journeying Towards the Inner Chambers

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Journeying Towards the Inner Chambers

The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity, by Paula Pryce

“Based on nearly four years research among semi-cloistered Christian monastics and a dispersed network of non-monastic Christian contemplatives…The Monk’s Cell shows how religious practitioners in both settings combined social action and intentional living with intellectual study and intensive contemplative practices in an effort to modify their ways of knowing, sensing, and experiencing the world. (The text) shows how practices like solitude, chant, contemplation, attention, and a paradoxical capacity to combine ritual with intentional “unknowing” develop and hone a powerful sense of communion with the world.” (inside jacket of book)

In this 8 week class, we will gather to explore Dr. Pryce’s text in detail. Grounding first in meditation, we will enter into the spiritual practices of lectio divina and contemplative dialogue in order to delve into the rich depths of her work. [Optional “field trip” to Chicago to hear Dr. Pryce speak on Saturday, Nov 2.]

8 Wednesdays Sept 11, 25, Oct 9, 23, Nov 6, 20, Dec 4, 18              2019

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Middleton Community Church

645 Schewe Road (corner of Old Sauk and Schewe)

$130 (class only—-participants will need to purchase their own text)

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Meditation

Centering Prayer I
Centering Prayer I

 

Be still and know that I am God.   -Psalm 46:10

For those new to Centering Prayer or who have completed an Introductory Workshop, these classes will look to Christian meditation as a means of transformation of hearts and consciousness. Each class will include teachings, dialogue, and meditation period.

Check back for future offerings of this class. Please contact Beth if you would like to have this class presented to your group as a series of 6 classes or an all day retreat.

Private instruction in Centering Prayer Meditation is also available during a one-on-one Spiritual Direction session. (See the Spiritual Direction page to schedule a session.)

 
Centering Prayer II

Centering Prayer II: Exploring the Dimensions

 

Be still and know that I am God.   -Psalm 46: 10

Centering Prayer meditation is a method of receptive, silent prayer that prepares us to open to the gift of contemplative prayer . . . a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.  This class will explore the subtleties and nuances of Centering Prayer as the prayer deepens; teachings on Witnessing Presence are included.

The Welcoming (Prayer) Practice will also be introduced.

Check back for future offerings of this class. Please contact Beth if you would like to have this class presented to your group as a series of 6 classes or an all day retreat.

Private instruction in Centering Prayer II Meditation is also available during one-on-one Spiritual Direction sessions. (See the Spiritual Direction page to schedule a session.)


Listening With the Ear of the Heart

Contemplative Dialogue

Thomas Merton
 

Living contemplatively calls us to slow down, pay attention, look closely, and listen deeply.  This conscious way of being together in dialogue —- listening with the ear of our heart or Contemplative Dialogue —- is based on a method originally developed by The Thomas Merton Society. Group classes are available upon request.

Contact Beth for more details and to make arrangements for your group.

Private instruction in Contemplative Dialogue is also available, working one-on-one during a Spiritual Direction session. See Spiritual Direction page on website for more information or to schedule a session.



Spiritual Direction

Amma Theodora

Amma Theodora

Spiritual Direction as Contemplative Practice

 

Within each of us lies a yearning and a deep desire to find meaning in our lives, grow closer to God, and come to know our True Self.  Since the earliest centuries of Christianity, spiritual ammas and abbas (mothers and fathers) have served as spiritual directors---encouraging others in their search for God.  This 2-session class will look particularly at "spiritual direction for contemplatives".

This class is available upon request. Contact Beth for more details and to make arrangements for your group.

 


 
"We are all mystics seeking to solve the  mysteries of existence." -Father Keating

"We are all mystics seeking to solve the

mysteries of existence." -Father Keating