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Spiritual Practices: Online & In-Person Group Opportunities

resources to support contemplative beginners and adepts, including individuals, families, small groups and congregational practices

Online Groups

Ongoing Centering Prayer Groups

BENEDICTINE CARE WELLNESS PROGRAM

Benedictine CARE integrates Contemplative Practices, the Benedictine Monastic Heritage, and Therapeutic Lifestyle Programming.

Old habits, choices we no longer want to make, over indulgences, and living within a loud culture all amplify internal static that makes it almost impossible to hear, to listen, to our embodied true selves.

Monthly gatherings are enrolling at all times for both in-person and online participation.

$89/month

Learn more and register here.

The Benedictine Center offers a weekly Centering Prayer Group (Wednesdays).

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Incarnation Lutheran Centering Prayer Group

  • contact: l.linderscholer@gmail.com
  • 4880 Hodgson Rd - Shoreview
  • Tuesdays, 7:30 AM

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Minnesota Contemplative Outreach offers First Things: Morning Centering Prayer (daily, 7:00 AM CST) and Thursday Evening Centering Prayer (7:00 PM CST).

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St Olaf Catholic Church Centering Prayer Group

  • occasionally over zoom
  • 20 minutes of centering prayer; an hour+ of reflection time
  • contact: questcarol@gmail.com
  • 215 S 8th St - Minneapolis
  • Saturdays, 9:00-10:30 AM

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Westminster Presbyterian Centering Prayer Group

  • zoom option available
  • contact: l.linderscholer@gmail.com
  • 1200 Marquette Ave - Minneapolis
  • Wednesdays, 12:00 PM/noon

Apps & Podcasts

Love. Period. — Podcast Series with Rev. Jacqui Lewis PhD

Do you yearn for a new vision of Christianity—one with love and justice at the core of its practice? Rev. Jacqui Lewis PhD animates a renewed faith for our times in her podcast Love. Period.

Turning to the Mystics with James Finley—a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation

“When we reach the end of what we know, that’s where we find God.”

— The Cloud of Unknowing

Encountering Silence

Encountering Silence podcast features global contemplatives discussing diverse approaches to and understandings of contemplative practices.

The Wisdom App Is In The World — Join This Adventure

The Wisdom app experience encompasses:

  • 10-15 minute Wisdom Practices, to take at your own pace and integrate into your life.
  • 2-4 minute Reflections that you can fold into daily rituals of meditation, silence, prayer, walking, or journaling – or use to create a new rhythm of practice.
  • Another calm place to listen to each week’s On Beingepisode. 

Taizé/Evening Prayer Gatherings

Ecumenical Taize Evening Prayer

  • St Frances Cabrini Catholic; Prospect Park UMC; Faith Mennonite; Compassion of Christ Community; Church of Gichitwaa Kteri, & Dignity/Twin Cities
  • meal traditionally precedes prayer time - on hold for now
  • contact: christ@cabrinimn.org
  • 1500 Franklin Ave SE - Minneapolis
  • check here for updated dates and locales

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Minnehaha United Methodist Taize Prayer

  • in-person as soon as safety allows; until then recorded and available via links here
  • contact: becky@minnehaha.org
  • 3701 E 50th St - Minneapolis
  • Second Fridays of each month (Oct.-May), 7:00 PM

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Sts. Luke & James Episcopal First Friday Taize Prayer

  • in-person, live-streamed here, and recorded here
  • contact: music@st-lukes.net
  • 4557 Colfax Ave. S - Minneapolis
  • First Fridays of each month, 7:00 PM

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Westminster Presbyterian Church offers Silence and Song

  • Gather In‐Person or via Live‐streaming here
  • for information contact: 612.322.3421 or www.wpc‐mpls.org or jteliczan@wpc‐mpls.org.
  • a weekly contemplative Evening Prayer
  • music from varying traditions, a brief reflection, and silence
  • 1200 Marquette Avenue Minneapolis
  • every Wednesday, 6:00‐6:30 p.m.

 

Creation Spirituality Worship

VIRTUAL CREATION SPIRITUALITY INTERFAITH WORSHIP EXPERIENCE

The Creation Spirituality Interfaith Worship Experience meets every Sunday at 6:00 PM CT. Register here for the zoom link.

Online Prayer Community

The Upper Room offers a global prayer community.

Visit The Prayer Wall and leave your sorrows, worries, or praises, and they will be seen and responded to by hundreds of people around the world.  

Take a quick tour of the prayer community; watch the short video to learn how to use the Prayer Wall. 

In-Person Gatherings

Christos Center for Spiritual Formation's Contemplative Pause

  • "come as you can" in-person
  • each 2 hour & 15 minute gathering includes:
    • silent prayer
    • brief meditation
    • personal reflection
    • 45-minute personal silence
    • sharing in triads
    • closing comments
  • contact: info@christoscenter.org
  • 1212 Holly Dr - Lino Lakes
  • Tuesdays, 9:45 AM - 12:00/noon

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Pilgrim Lutheran Celtic Contemplative Services

  • in-person and online options include:
    • Celtic Contemplative Communion
    • Contemplative Prayer from Nordic & Other Lands
    • Choral Contemplative Prayer: Compline
  • find up-to-date information regarding in-person and online options here
  • contact: communications@pilgrimstpaul.org
  • 1935 St Clair Ave - St Paul
  • September-May - dates vary

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Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality / Carondolet Center

  • Hot Topics in Spirituality: Well-Being Series
    • monthly gatherings
    • explore current topics relative to spirituality and well-being
    • support growth and development throughout all areas of life
    • Second Thursdays of each month; 7:00-8:00 pm CT
    • Online (at least through December, 2021)
  • Men's Centering Prayer
    • 1st & 3rd Wednesdays each month