• “Within Our Darkest Night”

    “Within Our Darkest Night”

    Winter Solstice Taizè Worship

    Saturday, December 21, 7 p.m.
    Please join us for a beautiful, candlelight worship experience embracing the presence of the Holy One on the darkest night of the year. We will worship with the songs and prayers of Taizè.

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  • Praying With Scripture ~ Exploring Lectio Divina as a Meditative Practice

    Praying With Scripture ~ Exploring Lectio Divina as a Meditative Practice

    Saturday, January 11, 2020, 08:30am - 12:00pm Lectio Divina is a traditional way of cultivating friendship with the Divine. It is a way of listening to the texts of scripture as if we were in conversation with the Divine. We listen with the “ear of the heart.” Read More
  • Discernment Matters

    Discernment Matters

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020
    You are invited to join in a monthly study of the book Discernment Matters: Listening with the Ear of the Heart by Mary Margaret (Meg) Funk, OSB.This is an opportunity for those who want to learn and practice discernment as taught by the early monastic tradition. Read More
  • Central Iowa Prayer Groups

    Central Iowa Prayer Groups

    Prayer Groups for the Des Moines and Ames area.
    "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, as well as a means of continuing education." – Fr. Thomas Keating Read More
  • Central Iowa Chapter Events

    Central Iowa Chapter Events

    In addition to engaging in individual and group Centering Prayer, many yearn for other experiences, reflections, and knowledge that will support them in their spiritual journey. COCI offers a variety of introductory events and programs as well as those that invite us to deepen our practices and presence. Read More
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Resources to support the practice of Centering Prayer in daily life.

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Contemplative Outreach of Central Iowa exists for the purpose of supporting our members in their daily practice of Centering Prayer. We are a chapter of Contemplative Outreach Ltd.

Contemplative Outreach is a community of individuals and Centering Prayer groups committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
I Corinthians 12:4-7