Centering at UUMAN
Date(s) - Saturday, December 14
9:30 am - 11:15 am
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The opening words to our weekly gatherings tells you a lot about this group: “Welcome everyone once again to the centering circle, where we come together to trod those ancient paths wrought before us by mystics and madman, priestesses and saints……..to enter that mystical silence and touch the divine.” *
We gather almost every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. until about 11:00 a.m. We begin with approximately 45 minutes of practice which, among other things, includes a short reading, a simple a Capella hymn and thirty minutes of silent meditation. This is followed by a brief check in, a short topical reading, and a free flowing discussion of the reading. The meeting usually ends by 11:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter. At that point, some go home or off to do their Saturday errands, while others may choose to go to brunch for some extended fellowship time.
In the last half of the 20th Century, Centering Prayer was adapted from early writings of Christian mystics (the Desert Fathers and Mothers, St. Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, to name a few) but was also informed by the teachings of some of the eastern spiritual teachers who have been visiting the western world for the last couple of centuries. If you consider yourself a theist, this method of meditation will be perfect for you. But it can also easily be adapted to suit your needs if you are any type of non-theist (humanist, agnostic, atheist, Buddhist, etc.). And if that isn’t flexible enough for you, you are welcome to sit with us no matter what form of meditation you practice, as long as it’s silent.
We ask first timers who do not already have a meditation practice they are comfortable with to come early and be in your seat by 9:00 a.m. for some basic instructions. For more information on this program contact Carolyn Bommarito or Mary McGrath via Centering@uuman.org.
* Opening words by Colin Decker