"Be Still and Know that I am God" – Psalms 46:10

The Vision Of Contemplative Outreach

The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Theological Principles

  • Contemplative Outreach is a community of individuals and Centering Prayer groups committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life.

  • A commitment to the daily practice of Centering Prayer is the primary expression of belonging.

  • Listening to the word of God in scripture through the practice of Lectio Divina is encouraged, particularly its movement into contemplative prayer, which a daily practice of Centering Prayer facilitates.

  • The source of Centering Prayer is the Indwelling Trinity. Its practice consists of responding to the call of the Holy Spirit to consent to the Divine presence and action within.

  • The Divine presence affirms our basic core of goodness made in the image of God.

  • The Divine action is the process of transformation in Christ which inspires and deepens our consent.

  • The contemplative dimension of the Gospel manifests as an ever- deepening union with Christ and the practical caring for others that flows from this relationship. It reveals the deeper meaning of Christ's life and teaching.

  • Our relationship with the living Christ is the bond uniting us together in mutual love.

  • While formed by our respective denominations, we are united in our common search for God and our experience of Christ through Centering Prayer.

  • We identify with the Christian contemplative heritage in which Centering Prayer is rooted. We recognize this heritage as the common ground for Christian unity.

  • We affirm our solidarity with the contemplative dimension of other religions and sacred traditions.

  • Through the continuing practice of Centering Prayer, we experience a deepening commitment to the needs and rights of each member of the human family and an increasing respect for the interdependence of all creation.

  • We foster a spirit of unity, generosity and utmost charity in all our relationships.

  • Following the teachings of Jesus, we exercise leadership through an attitude of humility, listening and service.

  • We recognize and maintain a spiritual relationship with Saint Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado.

  • We acknowledge that any good accomplished by Contemplative Outreach is the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • "Silence is God's first language."

    ~ Thomas Keating

    "If you want to pray, enter your inner room, lock the door and pray to your Father in secret. Your Father, who hears in secret, will reward you"

    ~ Matthew 6:6

    "Our greatest need is to be silent before this great God, with the appetite and with the tongue, for the only language He hears is the silent language of love."

    ~ St. John of the Cross, 'Letter 8,' The Letters

    "The careful balance between silence and words, withdrawal and involvement, distance and closeness, solitude and community, forms the basis of the Christian life."

    ~ Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude

    "Everything is now in the mind and heart of God. Let us often go to be refreshed and to be encouraged by each other's fidelity to the Centering Prayer practice."

    ~ Fr. Thomas Keating

    "An important part of response to divine love, once it has been received, is to pass it on to our neighbour in a way that is appropriate in the present moment."

    ~ Thomas Keating - Open Mind, Open Heart, Pg. 103

    "As we consent to the movement of the Spirit in our inmost being, we connect at the deepest level with every member of the human race, and with the whole of creation."

    ~ Fr. Thomas Keating ~ The Heart of the World

    "Contemplative prayer is not so much the absence of thoughts as detachment from them. It is the opening of the mind and heart, body and emotions – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond words, thoughts and emotions..."

    ~ Fr. Thomas Keating,Open Mind, Open Heart