Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington

SILENCE • SOLITUDE • SOLIDARITY • SERVICE

“Be Still and Know that I am God”

PSALM 46:10

COMW CELEBRATES 25 YEARS ~ Full Day Retreat

How Contemplation Can
Heal A Violent World

In the 25th Anniversary celebration of Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington DC (COMW), the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of Maryland, COMW co-founder, will lead a full-day retreat on how contemplation is as relevant as ever in today’s world of violence at all levels of our lives, both domestically and globally. Indeed, Centering Prayer, as one form of contemplation, is a method for stilling our minds, and in silence opening our hearts to peace and understanding, thereby creating a foundation for a nonviolent response to any event that occurs in our lives.

Join us Saturday, September 10, 2022

at Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia, MD

Welcome to the Maryland and Washington DC chapter of Contemplative Outreach (COMW)

We are an ecumenical group of women and men volunteers serving  those who want to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of Centering Prayer. We welcome people of all faith denominations.

Centering Prayer is an ancient method of Christian prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer. It was promoted by Thomas Keating. Learn more here.

COMW is one of more than 90 active chapters in 39 countries formed by Contemplative Outreach Ltd., an international interdenominational group of individuals and groups that are committed to living  the contemplative dimension of everyday life.

We support centering prayer groups that meet in homes, churches, and institutions. As a local chapter we are part of a global community of oneness in silence.

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COMW Programs

COMW offers Centering Prayer Retreats focused on a wide range of topics and led by those highly experienced in this contemplative practice. Monthly, half-day sessions are offered virtually on Saturday mornings. View our schedule and learn how to register for our retreats.
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Centering Prayer Groups

What is Centering Prayer? Learn from those who have engaged in this spiritual practice for many years. Interested in joining a local Centering Prayer group or learning more about Centering Prayer practices? Let us help you take the next step to find a group in the Washington metro area. Resources>

COMW News

No matter where you are on your Centering Prayer journey, know that you have fellow travelers to encourage you, guide you and share their own discoveries. View our latest announcements of upcoming programs offered by individuals and other chapters and other relevant info.
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Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.


Luke 10:27