Indianapolis, Indiana

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Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”  Rm. 12:2

Indianapolis Chapter Servant Leadership Team

Linda Farley Coordinator
John Drake Treasurer
Mary Kendall Communications
Joe Pressner Website
Jody Clapper Chapter Program Contributor
Lyn Reece Chapter Program Contributor
Marilyn Webb Centering Prayer Intro Workshop Organizer

For more information on the Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis we invite you to contact Linda Farley from the leadership team.

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Indianapolis Area Centering Prayer Groups

While centering prayer is done privately most of the time, a weekly sharing of the experience in a small group has proven to be very supportive of the individual practice. It can also be a means of continuing education in the contemplative traditions.

The purpose of the centering in community is for spiritual refreshment and mutual encouragement in the practice. By sharing the experience of centering prayer with others, one’s own discernment of the ups and downs of the practice is sharpened. The group serves as a source of encouragement and can normally solve problems that might arise regarding the method.

All Centering Prayer groups below welcome new members. Please contact the facilitator for specific times and places. If you have trouble contacting a facilitator, please feel free to contact any member of the Indianapolis chapter of Contemplative Outreach leadership team.

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

Location

Facilitator Contact

Meeting Times

Second Presbyterian Church
7700 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Lindsay Miller
   
Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas
535 W. State St.
West Lafayette, Indiana
Becky Dick
  
Mondays, 5:30 p.m.
Southside Indianapolis
Southport and US 31
Indianapolis, Indiana
Mary Kendall
  
Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.
North United Methodist Church
3808 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolic, Indiana
Donna Sandage
  
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
St. Christopher Catholic Church
5301 W. 16th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
Phyllis Farley
  
Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.
First United Church
2420 E. Third St.
Bloomington, Indiana
Br. Ramon Garcia
  
Wednesdays, 6:00 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
  
Thursdays,  6:30 p.m.
St. Mathew Catholic Church
4100 E. 56th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Judy Hipskind
  
Mondays,  7:00 p.m.
North Christian Church
850 Tipton Lane
Columbus, Indiana
Lanny C. Lawler
  
Fridays,  10:30 a.m.
St. Luke's United Methodist
100 W 86th St
Indianapolis, Indiana
Judy Homer
  
Mondays,  4:00 p.m.
Enter door 6 and go to the prayer chapel.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
600 Paul Hand Boulevard
Franklin, Indiana
Church office at
  
Alternate Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
Queen of All Saints Church
606 S. Woodland Ave.
Michigan City, Indiana
Wendy Shafer
  
  
Wednesdays, 4:00pm

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Scheduled Events

For more information regarding events contact Mary Kendall,

Centering Prayer Introductory Program Workshop

Anyone interested in hosting a Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop may contact Marilyn Webb at .

Winter/Spring 2020 Program

From January through June, Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis will continue to offer monthly, short programs one Saturday each month. These meetings will allow participants to practice Centering Prayer together and to listen to and discuss a different presentation each month. The meetings are open to all who practice Centering Prayer or are interested in Centering Prayer.

The format for each meeting is:

8:45 -- Gathering
9:00 -- A 20-minute period of Centering Prayer
9:30 -- Selected Presentation
10:10 -- Small or large group discussion about the presentation
10:40 -- Closing with Lectio Divina

The meetings from January through April will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month. The May and June meetings will be held on the second Saturday of each month. The meetings are all held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church located on 86th St. In Indianapolis, one block west of Meridian Street. The meetings are held in Rooms N101/102 subject to change based on the needs of the greater Church community.

Fourth Saturday Programs

January 25, 2020 –- “The Gospel of St. Thomas” presented by Marilyn Webb

The Gospel of Thomas, part of the collection of manuscripts known as the Nag Hammadi Library, and found in the mid-20th century, was known to have existed in the first centuries of Christianity.  This gospel contains wisdom sayings of Jesus - called logions - many of which were not recorded in the canonical texts of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  

Several persons in the Northwest Indianapolis Centering Prayer Group have been reflecting on these sayings for the past 2-3 years prior to their centering prayer period.  For the January presentation there will be a brief explanation of the origins of the Gospel of Thomas, followed by time to reflect on a few of the logions.  Come, explore, and taste the wisdom in this gospel for yourself.

February 29*, 2020 –- “Pray as you Go App for Lectio Divina” presented by Mary Beth Riner

* Note this is the FIFTH Saturday of this month.

This session draws on the Ignatian way of engaging with the scriptures that invites individuals to imagine themselves in the scene or observing it. During the session, we will use an App sponsored by the Ignatians from the United Kingdom to listen to music, scripture readings and prompts for reflection.

March 28, 2020 –- The Universal Christ – Part 1 (A Video by Fr. Richard Rohr)

The selection will be about 40 minutes long. Questions for discussion will be based on the Companion Guide for Groups from Fr. Rohr’s book The Universal Christ.

April 25, 2020 -- The Universal Christ – Part 2 (A Video by Fr. Richard Rohr)

This video will continue Fr. Rohr’s presentation on the Universal Christ with additional questions from the Companion Guide.

Second Saturday Programs

May 9, 2020 -- The Universal Christ Part 3 (A Video by Fr. Richard Rohr)

This video will conclude Fr. Rohr’s presentation on the Universal Christ with additional questions from the Companion Guide.

June 13, 2020 –- “Love Songs: Listening for the Spirit in Popular Music presented by Joe Pressner

During this presentation we will listen to a number of songs in a way that may cast some light on our relationships with God. The presentation is designed to be a template for how to engage in a contemplative relationship in an ongoing basis during our busy lives.


Contact: For more information please contact Linda Farley, chapter coordinator at

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About Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis is part of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Contemplative Outreach was established in 1984 by Father Thomas Keating a Trappist monk. It is a world-wide 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.

Numerous Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina workshops and retreats were held at Benedictine Retreat & Conference Center in the late 1980's; 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 Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. leadership to discern their intention to form a contemplative community. Today the

Indianapolis chapter has an active leadership team identifying the needs of the chapter for on-going growth.

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis offers many opportunities to nourish and support one another in our practice of Centering Prayer and the process of Divine transformation.

For more information, please contact on the Leadership Team.