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Carolyn Goddard’s "Reflection on Discernment"

Monday, February 13, 2023

05:00 PM - 07:00 PM


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Using gardening as a metaphor, this workshop will look at the process of discernment in terms of tilling the soil of one’s soul, planting a seed for discernment and watching for sunlit growth.

The session will begin with Centering Prayer, and there will also be time for individual reflection as well as questions during the discernment discussion. Materials for this presentation are drawn from books by Sr. Mary Margaret Funk, Henri Nouwen and Contemplative Outreach’s booklets on Discernment.

The workshop is limited to 25 participants, so please register early.

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Presenter: Carolyn Goddard first encountered Centering Prayer in 1986, and her involvement deepened in 2000 when Thomas Keating came to Nashville. Since then, she has lead introductory Centering Prayer workshops as well as sessions on Centering Prayer as an 11th Step practice, lectio divina and the welcoming prayer. She has also facilitated support groups and serves on the Contemplative Outreach of Middle Tennessee Leadership Team. Currently Carolyn writes for CO’s Word of the Week program and facilitates weekly Prayer Chapels as part of that program. She has a BA from Vanderbilt University and a Masters degree in Religious Education from Loyola in New Orleans. Her two children are adults and live in Nashville, and she and her husband retired in December of 2021. 

Registration Information:

This will be a Zoom workshop. Please note that this workshop will NOT be recorded. If you cannot make the presentation, Carolyn will send you the notes of the presentation and will be available for any questions and comments.

Ticket prices:

Suggested contribution - $20 (Your donation helps to defray the costs of presenting this workshop.)

Sponsorship contribution - $50 (For those who would like to make an additional contribution to the ongoing work of Contemplative Outreach Chicago.)

Free - $0 - (All are welcome!)

The Zoom link and any additional pre-workshop materials will be emailed to you by Noon (Central) on February 12th.

Registration closes at Noon (Central) on February 12th.

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