Introduction to Welcoming Prayer (via Zoom)

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March 5 | Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CST

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Dennie Oades, in partnership with Contemplative Outreach 
Cost: $15

“Welcoming Prayer” is a practice that complements and extends the effects of centering prayer practice into the activities of everyday life, continuing the work of transformation in Christ. Welcoming prayer is a way of consenting to God’s presence and action in both our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations of daily life. The purpose of practicing welcoming prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our days. You can think of it as “consent on the go.” We invite you to join us as we explore how welcoming prayer can enrich our lives and help us grow deeper in our prayer practice.

This three-hour workshop will include a presentation, discussion, and practice of the Welcoming Prayer method. There will be periodic breaks throughout the three hours. Persons with an established practice of centering prayer are likely to benefit the most from this introductory workshop.

*We are also offering a series of Zoom gatherings throughout March in which we will practice Welcoming and Centering prayer.” It will be a great opportunity for those who desire to build a more regular habit of practice. Click here for more information on Welcoming Prayer Practice Sessions.

Please register by February 28. Once we have received your registration, we will send you an invoice for the retreat. Please know we have scholarships available; if you would like to make a request, email S. Carol Ann at We strongly encourage you to add to your email contacts to ensure the delivery of emails regarding your retreat. We look forward to welcoming you online..

Rev. Dr. Dennie Oades holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a retired United Methodist clergywoman. She has been practicing centering prayer for 30 years and is commissioned by Contemplative Outreach to present workshops in centering prayer, centering prayer as an 11th step, and the welcoming prayer. Dennie also holds a certificate in spiritual direction from the Souljourners Program/Sophia Center.