Are you in the Philadelphia PA area?
Invite me to your group to teach or speak about Centering Prayer!
I teach Centering Prayer in both church and college/university settings. (I live in Ambler PA with my wife and three children.)
Some of the churches/universities I have worked with include: UCC Christ Church Norristown, Glenside UCC, UCC Warminster, St. Peter’s Episcopal in Glenside, St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Wales, Church of the Advent in Hatboro and Penn State Ogontz. I will meet with Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, PA.
The silence of Centering Prayer has changed my life and I want to share it with others. Centering Prayer is not a race. It is a long term marathon with God. Centering Prayer practiced daily, monthly, yearly will transform you. Centering Prayer does not replace other forms of prayer. It complements them.
Centering Prayer is a contemporary name for the practice that Jesus refers to as “prayer in secret” in the Sermon on the Mount.
I am finalizing my book that I am writing with Amos Smith titled: Centering Prayer Journey: Discovering and Mirroring the Dynamic Christ and the Human Jesus which is scheduled to come out in 2018. Amos is author of Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots. You can learn more about Amos at Recover Christianity’s Mystic Roots.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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