Centering Prayer Programs

9 am – 12 noon via Zoom

Practical Mysticism: Teachings from Evelyn Underhill

Led by the Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor 

“God is the only reality, and we are only real in so far as we are in God’s order and God is in us…. So those who wonder where they are to begin might begin here, by trying to give spiritual quality to every detail of their everyday lives.” EVELYN UNDERHILL

As followers of Jesus, how do we give spiritual quality to every detail of our everyday lives? In a time of conflict across the globe and COVID 19 and deep divisions in this country, how do we discover and maintain our connection to the only reality?

However, our calling is not merely to be connected to God. Underhill wrote, “We are transmitters as well as receivers.” She is calling for us to be “agents of the Creative Spirit in this world.” What does that look like in 2022 especially in the state of this country?

About the Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor 

Porter Taylor is the retired Episcopal Bishop of Western North Carolina. Recently he has been a Visiting Bishop in the Diocese of Virginia. He holds a PhD in Literature and Theology from Emory University.  He is the author of two books: From Anger to Zion: An Alphabet of Faith and To Dream As God Dreams: Sermons of Community, Conversion, and Hope. His home is in Asheville, NC.

Registration is Required

Requested $25 Program Donation per Half-Day Retreat Registration

In order for us to meet our expenses, a Program Donation of $25 is requested. We need your help in order to be able to continue to offer these Half-Day Retreats and other programs online. When you register, you will be prompted to pay via PayPal or by check. NOTE: PayPal also gives you the option to pay by other major credit cards.

Suggested Program Donation: $25

Minimum Donation: $15

Please contribute what you are able.

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

Additional Donation: At your discretion

Mail checks to: Linda Hall, COMW Treasurer,

1959 39th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

(Please add Program name to Memo line on check)

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. (see contact below)  
  • Attend COMW’S in-person, overnight Facilitating Workshop (May 20-21, 2022) in Bethesda, MD.

Contact Marjorie Centofanti for details and registration.

MAY 20-21, 2022

Bethesda, MD

Overnight Facilitating Workshop

Hosted by Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington.

National Contemplative Outreach (CO Ltd.) presenters, along with COMW’s service team, offer this special event to encourage and enrich the experience of being a Centering Prayer group Facilitator. It’s the first of its kind in our area.

Our mission aims to help attendees:
1) recognize their calling more clearly;
2) encourage more meaningful group Centering Prayer;
3) deepen faith in the contemplative path;
4) become savvy about CO Ltd.’s many resources.


Registration for our Overnight Facilitating Workshop is now complete, but our waiting list is still active. If you’d like to get on our waiting list, please email Marjorie Centofanti with your contact info. We’ll fill any cancellations on a first-come/first-served basis and contact you about an opening. 

CLICK HERE for more workshop information regarding agenda,
workshop leaders, venue and registration fees.

Once registered, mail your $45 registration fee (check or money order only) to COMW Treasurer:

Linda Hall, 1959 39th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007 

(Please add Program name to Memo line on check)


Agenda & Registration, contact Marjorie Centofanti.

Scholarships & Funding, contact Linda Hall.

Rescheduled from May 2021.

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