Indianapolis, Indiana

"God's first language is silence. Everything else is a poor translation."

Thomas Keating

Indianapolis Chapter Servant Leadership Team

Mary Beth Riner Coordinator
Linda Farley Past Coordinator
John Drake Treasurer
Mary Kendall Secretary
Don Nicholas Education Coordinator
Karen Spear Communications and Prayer Group Liaison
Chris Haynes E-Communications Coordinator
Marilyn Webb Centering Prayer Gatherings Facilitator

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis continues to offer opportunities to nourish and support one another in our practice of Centering Prayer and the process of divine transformation.

For more information, please contact Mary Beth Riner on the Leadership Team.

Scheduled Events

Centering Prayer Introductory Program Workshop

The Indianapolis chapter of Contemplative Outreach invites you to an introductory workshop on Centering Prayer on Saturday, September 24 at St. Luke’s Methodist Church (100 W. 86th Street) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See the flyer to get more information and to register.

Weekend Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis is offering a Weekend Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat at the Benedict Inn and Retreat House in Beech Grove, IN, from Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, 2022. Get more information about the retreat and register by clicking here for the registration form.

Upcoming 2022 Programming

CO of Indianapolis meets via Zoom only from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of the month for Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina. On the 4th Saturday of the month, we meet in-person and via Zoom from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. with Centering Prayer and special programing. An invitation e-mail with the link to Zoom will continue to be sent out to the CO-Indy email list prior to the Saturday gatherings.

Dates for 2nd Saturday Meetings: Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina at 9:00 a.m.

  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10

Dates for 4th Saturday Meetings: Centering Prayer and Special Programming at 9:00 a.m.

  • July 23 – Mary Beth Riner - Lectio Divina III
  • August 27 – Karen Spear – Circles of Trust
  • September 24 – Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop

Lectio Divina

Engage with a small group as we explore the practice of Lectio Divina, a method of heart-to-heart conversation with God involving reading, reflecting, responding, and resting in the words of Scripture. Even if you practice Lectio, you will find this workshop will deepen the practice and will bring the scripture texts into your everyday life. This is not a scripture study. It is a way to allow God to have a conversation with you and to give you a gift of understanding.

Circles of Trust

Parker Palmer introduces the circle of trust as a safe space to invite the “shy soul” to emerge and dialogue with other shy souls. Learn more about Palmer’s vision for dialogue and join in a brief practice of a circle of trust.

Dates for Contemplative Nature Walks

  • Autumn Equinox – September 22, 2022
  • Winter Solstice – December 21, 2022
  • Spring Equinox, March 20, 2023
  • Summer Solstice – June 21, 2023

Contemplative Nature Walks

A contemplative walk in nature can foster our sense of connectedness to the natural world. It can create space for gratitude and honoring the creator of the world in which we live. For more information on taking a contemplative walk in nature, see our flyer.

The following Centering Prayer groups meet in the Central Indiana area.


Facilitator Contact

Meeting Times

St. Thomas Aquinas
535 W. State St.
West Lafayette, Indiana
Becky Dick
Mondays, 5:30 p.m.
North United Methodist Church
3808 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolic, Indiana
Donna Sandage
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
First United Church
2420 E. Third St.
Bloomington, Indiana
Chris Haynes
Zoom Centering Prayer
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Holy Spirit Church at Geist
10350 Glaser Way
Fishers, Indiana
Helen Jean Bluemle
2nd Wednesday, 12:45 p.m.
Northwest Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Marilyn Webb
3rd Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
4600 N. Illinois Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
Karen Spear
Thursday Evenings
Discussion at 6:00 PM
Centering at 6:30 pm
Face-to-face in the chapel and virtual.
St. Mathew Catholic Church
4100 E. 56th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Judy Hipskind
Centering Prayer and book discussion
Zoom gathering at this time--may be moving to face to face
Monday Evening 7-8 PM

About Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis is part of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Established in 1984 by Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk, Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. is a worldwide spiritual network made up of individuals and small faith communities committed to renewing the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life and to teach the method of Centering Prayer.

In the late 1980s, the Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center held a number of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina workshops and retreats; through these experiences, an interest in contemplative prayer and a desire of many for Contemplative Outreach opportunities grew in the Indianapolis area. The chapter of Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis began January 13, 2007, when 35 people met with the leaders from Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. to discern their intention to form a contemplative community. Today the Indianapolis CO chapter has an active leadership team identifying the needs of the chapter for on-going growth. As a chapter, we have facilitated two Living Flame series with national Contemplative Outreach teachers, several day retreats exploring St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Thomas Merton, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Kelly. We have prayed with and learned about the Welcoming Prayer, the Prayer of Forgiveness, Lectio Divina, Attention/Intention, and praying with poetry. In addition, we viewed many enlightening videos of Cynthia Bourgeault, Thomas Keating, James Finley, and Richard Rohr. Since 2020, we have met via ZOOM twice a month, praying and sharing Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina the 2nd Saturday of the month and offering prayer and education on the 4th Saturday. On April 23, 2022, we were pleased to return in person (while continuing virtually) on our 4th Saturday gatherings.

Contemplative Outreach Indianapolis continues to celebrate our past and plan for our future, offering opportunities to nourish and support one another in our practice of Centering Prayer.