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 Musings are occasional reflections offered and designed to bring together contemplative work and current events in the church and the world. Feel free to send responses to these writings to

Here are links to current and past reflections:

September 2017

December 2016

January 2016

November 2015


FALL/WINTER CONTEMPLATIVE BOOK STUDY | Meets after Group Practice of Centering Prayer | Concludes January 9, 2018

For Fall/Winter 2017, our continuing book study will focus on Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this formula that Christians recite as though on autopilot lies the secrets for healing our world, rekindling our visionary imagination, and manifesting the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. It’s an astonishing claim, but one that is supported by Cynthia Bourgeault’s exploration of Trinitarian theology – and by her bold work in further articulating the deep truth it contains. She looks to the ancient concept in light of the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff and Jacob Boehme to reveal the Trinity as the “hidden driveshaft” within Christianity:  the compassionate expression of the Uncreated Reality in creation.

Dates & Discussion Schedule

The book study group meets on the second Tuesday of the month after Centering Prayer,
from about 9:45 am to 11 am in the Gowen Library at St. Barnabas.
October 10 – Intro and Part I
November 7 – Part II
December 12 – Part III
January 9 – Part IV
February 13 – Final session


2018 WISDOM RETREAT DAY | Saturday, February 17, 2018

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.

The next Wisdom Day, entitled “The Enneagram as Soul Work,” will be Saturday, February 17, 2018.  The session will be led by Sarah Walston, an Enneagram coach and teacher who has worked deeply for 18 years with this ancient and modern tool that illuminates nine distinct motivations of human behavior.  Registration started January 1, 2018 for St. Barnabas parishioners and January 15 for the general public. Participation is limited, so please register as soon as possible. Click HERE for a registration form.



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.