“Be Still and Know that I am God”

Psalm 46:10

The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.


As a chapter of Contemplative Outreach International, Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW) is comprised of volunteers and serves Maryland, Washington, DC and the surrounding area. COMW’s mission, as stated in the Vision Statement and Theological principles of Contemplative Outreach, is to support existing Centering Prayer groups, foster the formation of new Centering Prayer groups, and offer training for Group Facilitators and Presenters of the Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop.



COMW Half Day Retreat Series

Next Half Day Retreat is September 19, 2020

Details to follow

Join us July 18 for the Centering Prayer Intro Workshop!




July 18 Centering Prayer Intro Workshop — with Father Carl Arico and LJ Milone via Zoom!. Read More & Register Contact Ellen Barlow with questions.

LJ Milone’s Christian Contemplative Spirituality Zoom July Series!  Fiery Passion for God: A Series on Christian Mystics! Read More & Register

COMW May Overnight Facilitator Retreat – Posted 4/07/2020 Moved to May 14-15, 2021. Contact Marjorie at mcentofanti@jhmi.edu with questions.

October Silent Centering Prayer Retreat — Posted 5/20/2020 Moved to October 24-29, 2021. Contact Suzi Kindervatter with questions.



Contemplative Outreach Ltd June 18, 2020
Endorsed by Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington 

“To be in the kingdom is to participate in God’s solidarity with the poor by sharing with them the good things that have been given to us.  In the New Testament the great sin is to be deaf to the cry of the poor whether that cry springs from emotional, material, or spiritual need.  Although we cannot help but partake in some degree in social injustice because we live in this world, we must constantly reach out in concrete and practical ways to those in need.  Divine love is not a feeling, but a choice.”
– Thomas Keating, Meditations on the Parables of Jesus

In the spirit that exclaims, “we are all created equal,” Contemplative Outreach unites its voice with those who have been oppressed, violated, discriminated against, abused, exploited, and who now are asking to be considered normal human beings! At the same time we reject the use of violence in the struggle to achieve equality. We acknowledge that those who discriminate are also human beings and in need of healing as well.

Contemplative Outreach recognizes that discrimination, being part of our cultural conditioning, can be healed by contemplative practices like Centering Prayer. We invite all of us who consciously or unconsciously recognize that we participate or have participated in acts of discrimination to open our hearts to the healing power of God, so that united with those who have been the victims of discriminatory acts, we can all be healed together.

With the hope of love and peace for our world,
Your Governing Board