Centering Prayer is drawn from ancient prayer practices of the Christian contemplative heritage, notably the Mothers and Fathers of the Desert tradition, and Lectio Divina (praying the scriptures). It is also inspired by the writings of major contributors to the Heritage such as the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, and the writings of St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila and Thomas Merton, among many others.

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

There is a group practice of Centering Prayer each Monday at 11 AM. Please contact Bill Laurie for more details.

You may also want to link to these websites to read more about this meditation practice Contemplative Outreach of Greater Vancouver or Contemplative Outreach