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Centering Prayer and the Mystical Imagination

Saturday, October 29, 2022

10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Zoom Meeting

Contemplative Outreach Chicago

2022 One-Day Fall Workshop

Presented by

Carl McColman

Saturday, October 29

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM ( US/Canada Eastern)

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM ( US/Canada Central)

9:00 Am to 2:00 PM ( US/Canada Mountain)

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“Be still and know that I am God” is a promise from the Psalms: a promise that God may be known through stillness, silence, and contemplation. But how do we truly know God — and how does stillness truly invite us into this deeper way of knowing?

By weaving the wisdom of Centering Prayer with insights from Christian mystics like Julian of Norwich, Ignatius of Loyola and Thomas Merton, we can discover how silent prayer is more than just a way to consent to the Spirit’s presence in our lives: it is a tool for interior transformation and deep intuitive insight. When we learn to rest in the silence of Centering Prayer, we learn how to be more truly human — a Christlike presence for healing and hope in our troubled world.

Think of this day as a mini-retreat in your own home. When we gather on Zoom, we will have time for Centering Prayer, for spiritual exercises in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality, along with conversation about how to integrate these practices into our daily life, in response to the call of divine love.

This is a live, interactive online program in three sessions (All times in Central time zone):

  • Session 1     10:00am-11:15am
  • Short Break
  • Session 2     11:30am-12:45pm
  • Lunch Break
  • Session 3     1:30pm-2:45pm


Carl McColman:

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Carl McColman Our facilitator is the author of many books, including Eternal Heart and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. Based in Atlanta, he is a popular retreat leader, teacher, and spiritual director. Carl is a Lay Cistercian, a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer Introductory Workshops, and a popular blogger, podcaster and retreat leader. Visit Carl online at

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 required 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 stop your video during the workshop.

Ticket prices:

Recommended contribution - $30 (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 October 28th.

Registration closes at Noon (Central) on October 28th.

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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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