Contemplative Outreach of Maryland
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and Washington ( COMW )




2019 Half-Day Retreat Series
The purpose of these half-day retreats is to deepen our awareness of God's transforming presence in our lives.
Some Ancient Versions of Centering Prayer

Part 2
Saturday November 16, 2019
Our modern version of Centering Prayer was directly inspired by the anonymous  Cloud of Unknowing , written around 1375 AD. But the essentials of the practice had been known for many centuries. In fact, the anonymous author of the  Cloud  had many direct and indirect influences, including Aristotle, Plotinus, and especially Pseudo-Dionysius, whom Anonymous translated into Middle English. What Anonymous calls the “cloud” was called the  nous  in Greek and  intellectus  in Latin. This two-part presentation will trace the outlines of Centering Prayer practice from its earliest written versions up through Nicholas of Cusa (c. 1450 AD). 
 
The morning will include three 30 minute periods of centering prayer and an interactive discussion. 

Led by Steve Thompson
Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington ( COMW
9:00 am - 1:00pm
Saturday November 16, 2019

     12319 New Hampshire Avenue
     In the Library - Look for COMW signage 
     Silver Spring, MD 20904
     Light Refreshments Served
     Books Available for Sale
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Future retreat schedule below   
Subject to change (As of 10/21/2019)
 
December 2019: No Half Day Retreat in December
 
January 18, 2020: The Contemplative Experience of Jesus (Part 1)
- Location:  The Church of the Redeemer , Baltimore MD  
- Led by COMW Leadership Team Member L.J. Milone

February 15, 2020: The Contemplative Experience of Jesus (Part 2)
- Location: TBD
- Led by COMW Leadership Team Member L.J. Milone

March 21, 2020: The Contemplative Experience of Jesus (Part 3)
- Location: TBD
- Led by COMW Leadership Team Member L.J. Milone 
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Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW)
Centering Prayer  is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. 

This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.
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