ContemplativeMinContemplation is the ever-fresh world of the spiritual heart.  Non-contemplation is the ever-constricted world of the head, senses, and feelings separated from that heart.  The spiritual heart is the true center of our being.  ~Tilden Edwards

Contemplative Ministries at St. Barnabas is about growing in our ability to see and live into what/who is really in front of us from a deeper level.  It’s about being Present, being open to The Presence of the Holy which is always active in the world.  It’s about living into the non-dual Reality of Divine Love. This ability is developed through conscious, intentional practice that we engage in together and follow individually when we are apart.  Opportunities to practice and develop Contemplation include:

Centering Prayer | Group practice on Tuesday mornings at 9 am in the Church

Centering prayer is a practice that begins and sustains that possibility of allowing our spiritual heart to flourish through daily meditation based on the teachings of Thomas Keating and Cynthia Bourgeault.  Our time together includes a short reading, a simple chant and 20 minutes of silence in which we practice Centering Prayer together.  Anyone is welcome to join us and instruction in Centering Prayer is provided as needed.

Contemplative Book Study | Meets after Group Practice of Centering Prayer | 9:45am on April 4, May 2 and June 6

Our continuing book study this spring/summer features a new book by Cynthia Bourgeault: The Heart of Centering Prayer.  Bourgeault provides a practical, complete course in the practice of Centering Prayer and then goes deeper to analyze what actually happens in Centering Prayer: the mind effectively switches to a new operating system that makes possible the perception of nonduality. This book will deepen your practice, which will change your life!

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2017 Wisdom Retreat Days | Saturday, March 18 & Saturday, October 21

Based on the teachings of Cynthia Bourgeault, as provided in her book, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, we gather on two Saturdays each year for special teaching, practice of Centering Prayer, chanting, and mindful work together.  These gatherings have proven to be invaluable in the ongoing work of Contemplative Practice.

Spiritual Direction

A contemplative practice of companioning individuals or small groups who wish to deepen their relationship with the Holy. Arranged individually, a spiritual director serves more as a witness or a soul friend than a director. She listens prayerfully and mirrors back to you what you sometimes cannot hear. Common questions might be “Where is God in this?” or “What is your prayer in this?” or “Where have you noticed the Spirit’s movement in your life?” Sessions are scheduled typically once a month for about an hour. Patricia Robertson (see below) is a trained spiritual director who would be happy to support you in discovering the riches of having a soul friend that you meet with regularly.  She can help you identify the right person for you.

From The Rev. Patricia Rome Robertson  {BIO}

I am so grateful to St. Barnabas Church for inviting me to focus on the spiritual work that has meant so much to me for many years.  I’ve been a regular practitioner of centering prayer since 1998 when Thomas Keating came to the parish where I was serving for a weekend of teaching and practice. That practice started me on the road of learning about the transformation that spiritual practice brings about in individuals and communities and yes, I believe, the world. This is important work, this development and awakening of the spiritual heart that is embedded in all human beings but often lies dormant.  Please feel free to contact me {} with questions about this ministry.