UPCOMING  HALF -DAY  CENTERING  PRAYER   RETREATS

May 15, 2021

SPONSORED  BY  CONTEMPLATIVE  OUTREACH  OF  MARYLAND  AND  WASHINGTON

COMW Virtual Half-Day Retreat
Led by Fr. Vincent Pizzuto
“In the Shadow of Your Wings”
Saturday, May 15, 2021
1pm to 4pm EDT
Via Zoom
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Questions? Contact Bill Haardt, COMW Facilitator

“In the shadow of your wings I take refuge, until the times of destruction pass.”
PSALM 57:1

The world is moving into a liminal space, a time of great transition. As the global pandemic wanes under the assault of our vaccines there is renewed hope of a return to ‘normalcy,’ yet for many of us there are new questions emerging as well. What have we learned from a year of isolation: about ourselves, our society, and the counter-cultural nature of our contemplative practice? Undoubtedly in a post-COVID world, we will continue to face ongoing social and ecological upheaval. In light of these challenges, Fr. Pizzuto will discuss the importance of cultivating what he calls “a contemplative refuge of spiritually intimate communities that embody Christ in the world.” With the psalmist, we too are summoned to take refuge in the protective shadow of God’s wings, if we are to hold out the light of hope, healing, and ecological restoration.

Father Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D. is Professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Mysticism in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. As an Episcopal priest Vincent also serves as Vicar of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church and Retreat House in Inverness, California. Working for the advancement of contemplative Christianity, he has reinvigorated the mission and ministry of St. Columba’s through the introduction of contemplative eucharistic liturgies, public lectures, online courses, directed retreats, thought provoking sermons, an online blog and a weekly online study of his book through the Peace Chapel. Entitled “Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life,” his book seeks to bring his readers into a lived realization of the Christian doctrine of deification – that is, the affirmation that through the Incarnation, we have all be made partakers of the Divine Nature.

Registration is Required
Suggested $30 goodwill offering per Half-Day Retreat
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email providing information
on how to make your goodwill offering and instructions
on how to join the Zoom retreat.

June 26, 2021

SPONSORED  BY  CONTEMPLATIVE  OUTREACH  OF  MARYLAND  AND  WASHINGTON

COMW Virtual Half-Day Retreat
Led by LJ Milone
“The Cloud of Unknowing”
Saturday, June 26, 2021
9 am to 12 noon EDT Via Zoom
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Questions? Contact Ellen Barlow, COMW Facilitator

An anonymous Christian contemplative from the middle ages wrote the classic work The Cloud of Unknowing. Centering Prayer, of course, is based on this seminal work of spiritual practice. The whole of The Cloud of Unknowing is about contemplation. The practice of contemplation goes beyond the mind. It goes into unknowing. The author is insistent on this point. Our minds cannot grasp God because God is transcendent mystery. Therefore, we must pray beyond the thinking mind.

In this half-day retreat, we will seek to learn how to deepen our practice of Centering Prayer from the mysterious author of The Cloud of Unknowing. There is deep teaching in this work concerning how we deal with thoughts, humility, intention, and growth in divine unity.

LJ Milone
Having practiced Centering Prayer for 17 years, LJ Milone has gone deep into the Catholic tradition. His spirituality is greatly influenced by Francis of Assisi, Meister Eckhart, the Cloud of Unknowing, Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, Anthony De Mello, and, ultimately, the teachings of Jesus. As a pastoral minister at a Catholic parish in Silver Spring, MD, he has served the faith formation needs of children, as well as adults since June 2007. A leader of many retreats, lectures, and classes on the topics of the teachings of Jesus, contemplative prayer, Centering Prayer, Christian mysticism, and contemporary spirituality, LJ is also a spiritual director receiving his training at the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction in Tucson, AZ. Learn more>

July 10, 2021

SPONSORED  BY  CONTEMPLATIVE  OUTREACH  OF  MARYLAND  AND  WASHINGTON

COMW Virtual Half-Day Retreat
Led by Bob Mischke
Guard of the Heart
A Traditional Way to Enrich Your Contemplative Practice
Saturday, July 10, 2021
11 am to 2 pm EDT Via Zoom
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Watch Bob’s Welcome Video
Questions? Contact Marjorie Centofanti, COMW Leadership Team

“Guard of the Heart … disposes us to let go of personal likes and dislikes and to accept painful situations as they arise.”

“It deals with the whole of life. It expresses our ongoing intention to be with God in the present moment and sustains it.”
Fr. Thomas Keating as told to Bob Mischke

Bob Mischke is a National Contemplative Outreach Ltd. speaker, serves on the Contemplative Outreach Ltd.’s Group Facilitator Support Service Team, and volunteers for the Denver Center for Contemplative Living.

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” PROVERBS 4:23

Enrich your contemplative practice. Register today!

Registration is Required
Suggested $25 goodwill offering per Half-Day Retreat
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email providing information
on how to make your goodwill offering and instructions
on how to join the Zoom retreat.