Contemplative Life Ministry

Contemplative prayer strikes some as a bewildering concept and, in many ways, it is distinct from both corporate liturgical prayer on the one hand and individual prayers of petition, intercession, and thanksgiving on the other. It is most often silent and tends to involve resting in God’s presence and opening oneself to the “still, small voice.” This generally requires that one set aside one’s own agenda, perhaps sitting with a phrase, an image, or a narrative from scripture, poetry, or some other type of literature. While there are many approaches with deep roots in Christian tradition, the contemplative framework is surprisingly simple. All are capable of some degree of contemplative prayer and living.

The Contemplative Life Ministry at Christ Church aims to provide parishioners and others with the opportunity to learn about and experience various forms of contemplative practice. Ministry leaders work with the parish clergy to develop periodic opportunities which support individual and congregational spiritual growth.

Members of the Contemplative Life Ministry maintain connections with Episcopal monastic communities through time spent at their retreat houses, regular communication, and the shared life of prayer. In addition, parishioners are encouraged to consider arriving early for Sunday liturgies and participating in the Daily Office in the Chapel of Saint Jude. Both of these practices offer the opportunity for prayerful discernment and quiet alertness to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Christ Church is blessed in its opportunities for peaceful stillness in beautiful, holy spaces.

During the early autumn of 2020, the ministry is offering a series of six gatherings entitled Hermitage Living: A New Reliance on the Inner Life. For more information, click here.

For more information about the Contemplative Life Ministry at Christ Church, contact parishioners Merrill Carrington, Bill Burns, or Missy Daniel.