Sundays, 9:45 a.m-10:45 a.m – Room S101 (main floor of the sanctuary, near the south narthex). The Centering Prayer group at UUMC meets during Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings.
Centering Prayer is a 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 is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.
The session consists of a 20-minute meditation that starts at 10:00 a.m, scripture or sacred readings and optional sharing with other group members. The method of Centering Prayer we use can be found in the book, Open Mind, Open Heart, by Thomas Keating.