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Simple Presence

Saturday, January 21, 2023

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Zoom Meeting

Simple Presence

A Contemplative Prayer Experience

Presented by

Alan Krema

Saturday, January 21

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (US/Canada Eastern)

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (US/Canada Central)

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (US/Canada Mountain)

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (US/Canada Pacific)

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“Growing in interior silence seems to be the best means of opening to the divine presence.”

    -  Thomas Keating

In Simple Presence, the divine Presence becomes an invitation for our community to listen deeply to the Spirit’s movement and action within. 

The event will offer a communal prayer experience dedicated to contemplation of the Vision Statement of Contemplative Outreach: “We embrace transformation in Christ, both in ourselves and in others, through the practice of Centering Prayer.”

Each participant enters into inner awareness individually and then opens to the source of the Presence, which is shared by other members of the group. The underlying commonality of the intention is held sacred.

Simple Presence is being offered to those who are engaged with Contemplative Outreach on any level or simply have an interest in this community.  It will be assumed that participants have a regular Centering Prayer practice and are familiar with Lectio Divina and the Welcoming Prayer. 

The workshop will include embodied prayer, chant, reflective readings, Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer, and wisdom sharing.  Come prepared to sit in Simple Presence with the sacred words of the Vision.  

This prayerful event will be approximately two hours in length and will be presented online using Zoom.   


Alan Krema

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Alan Krema has been a facilitator and leader in Contemplative Outreach Chicago since 2000 and has recently retired as chapter coordinator. 

Some of Alan’s other affiliations:

  • Wisdom Waypoints Wisdom guide
  • Center for Action and Contemplation Living School
  • Shalem Institute: “Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats”

Registration Information:

NOTE: This will be a Zoom workshop. It will be recorded for on-demand viewing on the Contemplative Outreach Chicago YouTube channel in the spirit of sharing the workshop with others. During the registration process you will be asked to give Contemplative Outreach Chicago permission to use your image and voice in the recording, in the event you are recorded during the workshop.  If you do not wish to appear on the recording, please remember to stop your video during the workshop.

Ticket prices:

Recommended contribution - $20 (Your donation helps defray our costs, to help us continue developing and presenting contemplative workshops and retreats.)

Free - $0 - (All are welcome!)

The Zoom link and any materials will be emailed to you by Noon (Central) on January 20th.

Registration closes at Noon (Central) on January 20th.

Software Platform

Zoom for Windows, Mac, or mobile device; minimum recommended network bandwidth 1.5 Mbps. Please download Zoom for free at, and test your connection at


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