General Theological Seminary is delighted to be hosting two programs in early November led by David Frenette, author of the newly released The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God. Frenette has been teaching Centering Prayer since 1984 under the guidance of Fr. Thomas Keating, an architect of this contemporary contemplative practice. On Thursday evening, November 8, beginning at 7:00 p.m., Frenette will offer a program on Sacred Attention and Contemplative Living, as part of the seminary's Wellness Program series. The program will help participants practice the presence of God in the present moment, despite a world of complexity, fragmentation, noise, and haste. Whether preparing dinner, helping children with homework, taking a phone call, or attending a contentious business meeting, you can pay attention to what you are doing and do it for the love of God. This program is free and open to the public. To learn more and to register, click here.
Then, on Friday afternoon, November 9, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Frenette will offer a workshop for those who wish to learn the art of Centering Prayer with the Sacred Breath. While the basic teaching on Centering Prayer generally focuses on the use of the sacred word, it is also possible to practice Centering Prayer with other sacred symbols, such as the sacred breath. This workshop, appropriate for both beginners and experienced practitioners, will include new teachings on how to practice Centering Prayer with the sacred breath, including how this practice might be particularly appropriate during certain seasons of the spiritual journey. To learn more and to reserve your place in the workshop, co-sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of New York, click here. The participation fee for the workshop is $50.