3-Day Centering Prayer Retreat

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Beginning Tuesday evening, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. and concluding Thursday, April 22, around noon CDT

Offered in partnership with Contemplative Outreach 
Free-will offering (suggested contribution, $40)
“Restore Our Earth” is the theme of the 2021 Earth Day. As we live together through these three days, we will occasionally break silence to consider the myriad and simple ways that the natural world calls us into contemplative silence and walking gently upon the earth. Men & women of all faiths desiring to deepen their prayer life will benefit from this retreat. Participants will be encouraged to share with the larger group excerpts from their favorite poets or readings from scripture or the mystics which celebrate the creation.  Hosted via Zoom, our time together will include gathering for introductions and conversation, an optional review of the method of centering prayer for beginners (or any who would like a refresher), contemplative worship, and the practice of Centering Prayer. The retreat has been designed in such a way as to provide structure and rhythm to this virtual experience throughout the retreat. Retreatants will be encouraged, as much as their circumstances allow, to spend these days in prayerful quiet.
Please register by April 15. Once your registration is completed, you should receive a confirmation email within a week. Zoom meeting links, along with any additional details and materials the presenters would like you to have, will be emailed to you the day prior to each session.  We look forward to seeing you online.
As a free-will offering, no payment is required, but we are grateful for any amount contributed, if you are able. Click here if you would like to contribute now.
Denise (Dennie) Oades, Ph.D. is a Contemplative Outreach commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer, Centering Prayer as 11th Step, and Welcoming Prayer. She is a retired United Methodist pastor and a graduate of the Souljourners Program in Spiritual Guidance through the Sophia Center in Atchison, Kansas.
Kevin Kelley is a commissioned presenter with Contemplative Outreach, a member of the Leadership Team of the Mystic Misfits (a spirituality group in KCMO), and the pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Platte City. Kevin completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from Eden Theological Seminary in May with a final research project and paper focusing on spirituality groups, mysticism, and contemplative practices. Much of this research involved demographic data and personal experiences from individuals involved with the Mystic Misfits alongside the writings and theories of James Finley and other scholars.
Rev. Rob Carr has represented Contemplative Outreach Kansas City as a centering prayer presenter and retreat leader since 2002. He has also been active in leadership with the Academy for Spiritual Formation for 15 years and is a graduate of the Souljourners Program in Spiritual Guidance through the Sophia Center.