Contemplation is a change in consciousness.  It brings us to see the big picture. . .. to see beyond our own boundaries, beyond our own denominations, beyond even our own doctrines and dogmas and institutional self-interest, straight into the face of a mothering God from whose womb has come all the life that is. (Joan Chittister)


Christian Contemplative Ministries at St. Barnabas is about diving deep into the Heart of Divine Reality.  Everyone has the capacity to engage in contemplation and grow deeper in their relationship with the Cosmic Christ.  “You are made both of and for contemplation.  It is the secret longing of your being. . . . It is in the wilderness of your heart that you discover a reality beyond every religious form.  (Beverly Lanzetta)

We invite you to learn how to live 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. Our practices engage heart, mind and body – the three centers of knowing for human beings.


Opportunities to practice and develop in Contemplative Wisdom include:



CENTERING PRAYER: Practice of the Heart and Body

Centering Prayer formally meets at 7:30 am every Tuesday in the silence of our homes, following a format that is sent out on Sundays to those who are interested in learning or continuing their practice. The format may be used at any time during the week and includes a recorded chant, directions for a body prayer, time for silence, and a reading with Commentary. 
Interested? Contact The Rev. Patricia Robertson,

BOOK STUDY:  Practice of the Mind

For ongoing learning, we meet on monthly occasions after group practice of centering prayer  throughout the year to read and discuss a book that leads us further in our practice of the Contemplative Wisdom Way of Being. See details below on the Spring Book Study!

Spring Book Study

Eye of the Heart by Cynthia Bourgeault

Led by The Rev. Patricia Rome Robertson, Assisting Priest for Contemplative Ministry St. Barnabas Episcopal Church


In Eye of the Heart Cynthia Bourgeault invites us on a journey that is profoundly personal and opens us to a truly fresh and panoramic vision of the purpose of human existence.”
-Russ Hudson, Co-author of The Wisdom of the Enneagram

In this groundbreaking book, Cynthia shares her own Christian journey which interweaves the person and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, along with followers G.I. Gurdjieff and Teilhard de Chardin, and the wisdom of mystics, as well as Buddhist, Sufi and Vedantic traditions.  Ultimately, she presents us with a new cosmology that enlightens our own place and purpose as human beings in the Cosmos.  This book will challenge your previous understandings and open you to new horizons of thought, spiritual practice and prayer. Please join us!

Book Study meets on ZOOM at 10 am. on the following Tuesdays:  ZOOM room opens at 9:45 am. and we conclude at 11 am.

January 26 – Prelude, Chapters 1 and 2

February 9  – Chapters 3 and 4

February 23 – Chapters 5, Trope, and 6

March 23 – Trope, Chapters 7 and 8

April 6 – Chapters 9, Trope and Afterward

April 20 – Implications and summing up


This class includes notes and questions for reflection received prior to meetings.  Please register with Patricia Robertson – and you will receive notes as well as the ZOOM information and connection.  Feel free to contact her with any questions you may have, or for help in using ZOOM.  (Hint:  It’s VERY easy!)


WISDOM RETREAT DAYS: Practice of Heart, Body and Mind together

Based on the teachings of Cynthia Bourgeault, as provided in her book, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, we gather on a Saturday 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.


Next Wisdom Day is TBD


From The Rev. Patricia Rome Robertson — BIO

I am so grateful to the Rector of 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 Contemplative Wisdom since 1998 when Thomas Keating came to the parish where I was serving for a weekend of teaching and practice of Centering Prayer. That practice, along with engagement of Wisdom School teachings with Cynthia Bourgeault, 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, developing and awakening of the spiritual heart and body awareness that is embedded in all human beings but often lies dormant. Please feel free to email me at with questions about this ministry. Join us for a deepening of your life in Christ!

Patricia provides a periodic blog entitled “Along the Way”.  You can access and subscribe here.