Vision and Guiding Principles of Contemplative Outreach

The Vision Of Contemplative Outreach

The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.

"As your sensitivity to the spiritual dimension of your being develops through the daily practice of centering prayer, you may begin to find the awareness of God’s presence arising at times in ordinary activity. You may feel called to turn interiorly to God without knowing why. The quality of your spiritual life is developing and enabling you to pick up vibrations from a world you did not previously perceive. Without deliberately thinking of God, you may find that He is often present in the midst of your daily occupations.”

Thomas Keating
Open Mind Open Heart

Theological Principles

  1. Contemplative Outreach is a community of individuals and Centering Prayer groups committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life.
  2. A commitment to the daily practice of Centering Prayer is the primary expression of belonging.
  3. Listening to the word of God in scripture through the practice of Lectio Divina is encouraged, particularly its movement into contemplative prayer, which a daily practice of Centering Prayer facilitates.
  4. The source of Centering Prayer is the Indwelling Trinity. Its practice consists of responding to the call of the Holy Spirit to consent to the Divine presence and action within.
  5. The Divine presence affirms our basic core of goodness made in the image of God.
  6. The Divine action is the process of transformation in Christ which inspires and deepens our consent.
  7. The contemplative dimension of the Gospel manifests as an ever- deepening union with Christ and the practical caring for others that flows from this relationship. It reveals the deeper meaning of Christ's life and teaching.
  8. Our relationship with the living Christ is the bond uniting us together in mutual love.
  9. While formed by our respective denominations, we are united in our common search for God and our experience of Christ through Centering Prayer.
  10. We identify with the Christian contemplative heritage in which Centering Prayer is rooted. We recognize this heritage as the common ground for Christian unity.
  11. We affirm our solidarity with the contemplative dimension of other religions and sacred traditions.
  12. Through the continuing practice of Centering Prayer, we experience a deepening commitment to the needs and rights of each member of the human family and an increasing respect for the interdependence of all creation.
  13. We foster a spirit of unity, generosity and utmost charity in all our relationships.
  14. Following the teachings of Jesus, we exercise leadership through an attitude of humility, listening and service.
  15. We recognize and maintain a spiritual relationship with Saint Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado.
  16. We acknowledge that any good accomplished by Contemplative Outreach is the work of the Holy Spirit.