SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | 9 am – 4 pm

How Contemplation Can Heal a Violent World

Full-day Retreat led by the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of Maryland and COMW Co-founder 

In the 25th Anniversary celebration of Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW), the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton 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. 

We are grateful that Christ Episcopal Church has agreed to host our celebration, a church rich in history in the heartland of Maryland. The “Old Brick” church building is one of the first Episcopal churches in Maryland. It welcomes people of all ages and has a rich multicultural background and is known for active volunteer services and outreach to ALL people in need, not only locally but globally.


The retreat will start at 9 AM on September 10th, but the doors will open at 8:15 AM for registration and coffee or tea. Water will be available too. It will consist of three conferences on how contemplation can heal a violent world by the Right Rev. Eugene Sutton, followed by a discussion, as well as two 30-minutes Centering Prayer sits and one meditative walk. A buffet lunch, which is included in the retreat payment, will cater to people with different dietary needs. Discussion will be encouraged during lunch, and select participants will present COMW’s history and their experiences with Centering Prayer. The retreat welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths.

Please read the Listening Guidelines before the retreat. Click here


COVID PROTOCOLS As the new highly infectious COVID variant, BA-5, is spreading, it is important to keep all participants, and particularly the immuno-compromised, safe at all times. In line with current Contemplative Outreach practice, we are requiring participants to be vaccinated, on the honor system, and to wear masks indoors. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact Benedicte Vibe Christensen. 

REQUIRED Please read the COVID Protocols before registering …  

Retreat Registration: $45 (Deadline is August 31, 2022)

Includes full-day retreat and buffet lunch

Registration is Required

If anyone has particular financial hardship, please contact Linda Hall, COMW Treasurer

When you register, you will be prompted to pay via PayPal or by check. PayPal also gives you the option to pay by other major credit cards. Retreat payment is non-refundable except in the case of cancellation of the retreat.

Mail checks to: Linda Hall, COMW Treasurer, 1959 39th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(Please add “COMW25 Retreat” and/or COMW Future Programming Fund” to Memo line on check)


Donations to the COMW25 Future Programming Fund are welcome! COMW has always made its retreats available at the cost of providing them. You might consider adding a donation for the benefit of our future programs to allow us to expand outreach activities. Make your donation here


Christ Episcopal Church is located at 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, MD. Onsite parking is available. You may reach their parish office at: 410.381.9365

Retreat space will be limited. Early registration is encouraged!


“SAVE THE DATE” for our Fall Retreats!

OCTOBER 15, 2022
“Praying with Sacred Images” led by Carole Crumley

NOVEMBER 19, 2022
Thomas Keating and the Snowmass Dialogue” led by Netanel Miles-Yepez

DECEMBER 17, 2022
“Embodying Centering Prayer” led by Ildiko Viczian

These retreats all take place virtually on the third Saturday of the month, via Zoom. Additional program information and registration details to come! 

Maryland/Washington metro area

Facilitator Training/Enrichment

In partnership with our national organization, Contemplative Outreach Ltd. (COL), COMW offers a three-step, hybrid path for Facilitator training/enrichment for those in the Maryland/Washington DC area. It combines:

  • COL’s Online Training: Level I Facilitator Formation Workshop (Level 1 Facilitator Training videos and a document about how to use the videos).
  • For would-be Facilitators in Maryland or Washington, D.C., a mentoring period in conjunction with the online Level 1 Facilitator Formation workshop (above) is available. Occasional mentoring is also available for present COMW Facilitators.

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When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:6