Centering Prayer Seminar. Led by Rev. Bob Shield
Fri October 20 from 10am to 3pm
Christ United Methodist Church (map)
What is the Cost of the Seminar?
The cost of the workshop is $55.00 (which includes lunch). For those who are registered for the Centering Prayer Retreat at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, the cost for the one day seminar will be $25.00. Reservations may be made on a first-come, first-served basis 1) using the registration form on the right side of this page (a small credit card fee is added to online registrations), or 2) by calling 336-323-8957.
What are the Details of the Retreat?
The workshop will be offered from 10am to 3pm on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC.
What is Centering Prayer? (As Defined by Contemplative Outreach)
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. In the Christian tradition Contemplative Prayer is considered to be the pure gift of God. It is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. Through grace we open our awareness to God whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than choosing – closer than consciousness itself.
Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer, rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him
Centering Prayer is based on the wisdom saying of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: “…But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
Who is Rev. Bob Shield?
Dr. Robert C. Shield serves as the Senior Pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Beaumont, TX. Bob has a deep interest in spiritual formation and especially in the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. He has practiced Centering Prayer daily for many years and twice a year attends a ten-day intensive Centering Prayer retreat at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, CO.
Bob received his Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at SMU and his Doctor of Ministry at Princeton Seminary, where he focused on bringing together Centering Prayer and Family Systems Theory. (Father Thomas Keating consulted with Bob on his dissertation.) He is affiliated with Contemplative Outreach, the international organization founded by Father Keating that facilitates Centering Prayer throughout the world. Bob has served as Chair of the Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and as Chair of the Order of Elders.