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12 Step Outreach

Contemplative Dimensions of the 12 Steps

Exploring Centering Prayer as an 11th Step Practice


Groups will reconvene in the fall.


“The enlightenment you seek in other religions has been present in Christianity from the beginning.  Richard Rohr, a global leader in spiritual awakening, helps you recognize the forces (such as ego resistance and dual thinking) that separate you from your deeper self.  Then, drawing from the Gospels and the greatest Christian contemplatives, he shows you what it means to be spiritually awake. “
Location: Covenant Christian Church
2700 72nd Street, Urbandale
Format: One hour meeting, including 20 minutes of centering prayer followed by discussion. We are currently reading The Naked Now, by Richard Rohr. While it is not an AA meeting, we follow the traditions and respect anonymity.
Contact: Paul Witmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 515.240.1653


12 Step Outreach Is One of the Service Teams of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd

Our Vision: The vision of 12 Step Outreach is to pass on the gift of Centering Prayer and related spiritual practices to improve our conscious contact with a God of our understanding , wherever there is a desire for deeper healing from anyone in 12 Step recovery.

Our Mission: We are 12 Step people who practice Centering Prayer as our 11th Step and pass it on to others in 12 Step recovery.

Our Purpose: The purpose of 12 Step Outreach is to support one another in the process of spiritual transformation through the practice of Centering Prayer

In 2001, The 12 Step Outreach program of Contemplative Outreach was established to offer Centering Prayer to people in all 12 Step fellowships as an 11th Step prayer/meditation practice. We help individuals and groups establish contemplative prayer practices through workshops, retreats and formation programs. Thomas Keating's recent work, Divine Therapy and Addiction, reflects on the wisdom and the legacy of Alcoholics Anonymous and all 12 Step programs. The practice of Centering Prayer has parallels with other spiritual traditions and is easy to do.

For those who live by the 12 Steps found in AA, Al-Anon, SCA, OA, DA, NA, GA, and other programs, a Centering Prayer practice can be a key support system in the process of recovery and transformation.

Centering Prayer can help deepen our application of the 12 Steps generally, and the 11th Step specifically, through daily immersion in prayer and meditation. We believe that, when applied as a daily supplement to the 12 Steps, Centering Prayer open us to the deepest dimension of spirituality.

More information on Centering Prayer as the 11th Step visit the 12 Step Outreach website.

Upcoming Events

12-Step Centering Prayer Retreat
August 9-11, 2019
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8-Day Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat
Sept 20-27, 2019
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“The root of prayer is interior silence.  We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words.  But this is only one expression.  Deep prayer is the laying aside of thoughts.  It is the opening of mind and heart, body and feelings—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond words, thoughts and emotions.”  (OM, 136)