Fall Prayer Series – Centering Prayer

This week was the third session at the University of St. Thomas of the Fall Prayer Series I’m offering this Fall at both UST and at St. Hubert’s in Chanhassen. The series is designed to introduce participants to different prayer forms and styles (although even those with some familiarity and experience with the particular styles and forms of prayer can benefit from hearing something they have heard before in a different way).

This week, our subject was Centering Prayer. Because Centering Prayer is not a regular part of my prayer practice, I asked my friend and colleague Jennifer Wright, who has been practicing Centering Prayer for a number of years, to faciliate this week’s session. She gave basic instruction in the form of prayer and also talked about the theological bases of Centering Prayer and what one might experience from it. During the session, participants had time to experience this form of prayer and then ask questions of Jennifer.

You can access a podcast of Jennifer’s talk (which I post with her permission) here. (The podcast runs for 26:22, and ends at the point at which participants engaged in their silent prayer.) At the end of the session, Jennifer distributed a handout with some guidelines for Centering Prayer as well as some suggestions for further reading.