Join with fellow seekers embarking on a NEW chapter of Adventures in Contemplation.
Adventures in Contemplation is a community of women and men at Old St. Patrick’s who support one another in learning about and practicing meditation. This experience may be for you if you have ever: Felt called to deeper experiences of silence; Longed to free yourself from the tyranny of your habitual thinking; Been interested in exploring and practicing a new spiritual path; Already have a contemplative practice and are looking to be part of a community of like minded practitioners; Desired an introduction to the Christian mystics.
The cornerstone of our eight month journey together will be a twenty-minute “contemplative sit” that we will do our best to commit ourselves to each day. The model of our contemplative sit we will use is the Christian practice of Centering Prayer. It is a practice of self-emptying, continually letting go of our attachments to thoughts and feelings. A sustained contemplative practice frees us from simple reaction as we become more present and open to God, others and the world. The fruit of contemplative practice is living a more creative and loving life.
Centering Prayer Centering Prayer in large part arises from Fr. Thomas Keating’s famous challenge, is it not possible to put the essence of the Christian contemplative path into a meditation method accessible to modern people living in the world? Dismayed by the growing defection of young Christian seekers to Eastern meditation paths, Fr. Thomas asked for the help of his Trappist brethren to unearth the Christian contemplative treasure hidden for centuries to most Christians. Fr. William Menninger turned to the 14th century Christian classic, The Cloud of Unknowing, and identified the structure that would come to be known as Centering Prayer. Since the 1970’s, hundreds of thousands of Christians have been lead to rediscover the contemplative dimension of the Gospel through the practice of Centering Prayer.
Adventures in Contemplation Specifics What: a structured eight-month contemplation practice done in community. The cornerstone of the practice will be a daily twenty-minute “contemplative sit,” reinforced by two half-day long and one day long retreat and eleven evening group experiences that will offer opportunity for instruction and communal contemplative practice. Throughout the eight months, we will be using the texts of select Christian writers to feed our prayer and open our hearts. The experience will include: Regular gatherings for learning, sharing and experiencing new approaches to enrich and deepen our contemplative practice. A theological and psychological framework to give context to our contemplative practice. Becoming immersed in both ancient and contemporary writings on the Christian practice of Centering Prayer. A virtual connection to all who are participating in the community to make it easier to be present to one another in our daily practice.
When: While you may not be able to make every session, we hope attendance will be a priority and you make as many as you can.
All meetings will be held at 711 W Monroe, except our final retreat on Friday, May 4 which will take place at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
Dates of our gatherings will be: Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 Noon – 5 pm
Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 7 pm – 9 pm
Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 6 pm – 8 pm
Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 7 pm – 9 pm
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 6 pm – 8 pm
Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 7 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 7 pm – 9 pm
Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 7 pm – 9 pm
Sunday, Mar 18, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Thursday, April 5, 2018 7 pm – 9 pm
Sunday, April 15, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Friday, May 4, 2018 8 am – 4 pm
Cost: $200 ($100 per semester) will include one day long and two half day retreats, eleven evening meetings, all books and handouts, as well as meals/snacks served at each of our three retreats. If the cost is prohibitive, please offer what is affordable…anyone drawn to participate is welcome to participate.
Texts: Readings will include the following: Cloud of Unknowing and Privy Counsel, Carmen Acevedo Butcher trans. Open Heart, Open Mind, Thomas Keating The Loving Search for God, William Menninger Tales from the Magic Monastery, Theopane the Monk
Facilitator: Al Gustafson
To Register: Contact Tammy Roeder at 312-798-2350 or email@example.com