Contemplative living is a way of being in the world with an attention to the awareness of God’s presence in our lives. This group, led by Barbara Pendergrast (a spiritual director, chaplain, and Cathedral parishioner), invites us to practice listening to self and each other differently, to become more familiar with contemplative ways of being in the world, to practice staying present with self and others in those places that we want to change or fix in ourselves and others, to be introduced to literature and learning around contemplative writers and practitioners, to form spiritual community, and to have the opportunity to receive God’s love through setting aside intentional time for that awareness.
We will learn different forms of contemplative prayer such as centering prayer, welcoming prayer, Lectio Divina, the labyrinth, and Thomas Keating’s teachings on true/false self. In addition, the group will practice silent prayer each gathering and have an opportunity to check in (optional), holding one another’s stories with the response of holy silence. We will meet in the Lanier House living room on Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m., bi-monthly, for nine gatherings beginning Thursday, January 10. The text we will be reading together is Kitchen Table Wisdom, Stories that Heal, by Rachel Naomi Remen, which is available in the Cathedral Book Store. The cost of the offering is $180 for the nine weeks with the idea that those interested are intentional about participating in the whole offering. The group will be limited to twelve participants. For questions or more information contact Barbara Pendergrast at firstname.lastname@example.org.