Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington

SILENCE • SOLITUDE • SOLIDARITY • SERVICE

“Be Still and Know that I am God”

PSALM 46:10

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.

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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COMW Resources

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

COMW COORDINATING TEAM

Ellen Barlow

Marjorie Centofanti

Benedicte Vibe Christensen – Coordinator

Bill Haardt

Suzie Kindervatter

David Morgan

Kathleen Blank Riether


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