E-bulletin from Contemplative Outreach April 2020

April 2020
“God is totally committed to the transformation of each of us into Godself.”

Thomas Keating, From the Mind to the Heart

“Oneness: The Secret Embrace”
Zoom Video Conference with
Cynthia Bourgeault

April 30 – May 2, 2020 
Free and open to all
(suggested donation of $35 USD)Offered in partnership with Contemplative Outreach of South Africa, this Zoom-video conference will be held from April 30th to May 2nd from about 12:30pm GMT/2:30pm South Africa Time/ 8:30am Eastern  (New York) Time each day and will include Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, teachings from Cynthia, and the opportunity to submit questions via the Zoom chat feature. Each day will be about two hours long and participants are free to come and go as need be. The conference will be recorded and made available to all at a later date. 

Cynthia will unpack Thomas Keating’s emerging final vision of Oneness: a state of consciousness/selfhood, oneness among the religions and oneness in our fragile and embattled world. Paul calls this becoming a “New Creation”.

“For Christians, it is to be a kind of fifth Gospel:
to become the word of God and to manifest God … empty of self and full of God”
– Thomas Keating, The Human Condition


Register here

The Welcoming Prayer in Moments of Crisis
With Mary DwyerQ: How can the Welcoming Prayer help us during this time of Covid-19?

  • Read Mary’s response here.
  • Watch a live Welcoming Prayer experiential session with Mary in the Meditation Chapel here.

More resources:

  • 30-minute experiential Welcoming Prayer practice twice a week in the Meditation Chapel. Find more information in the “New in the Meditation Chapel” section below.
  • Contemplative Life Program (CLP) booklet on the Welcoming Prayer available through the Contemplative Outreach Bookstore.
  • Welcoming Prayer Playlist on our YouTube channel.
  • Live Welcoming Prayer online course will be offered this Fall through Spirituality and Practice.     

By Rashani Read

There is a brokenness
out of which comes the unbroken,
a shatteredness
out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow
beyond all grief which leads to joy
and a fragility
out of whose depths emerges strength.
There is a hollow space too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss,
out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being.
There is a cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut the heart
as we break open
to the place inside which is unbreakable
and whole
while learning to sing.

Read the full e-bulletin here   https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/april2020-e-bulletin?e=9aa0837e74