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Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”  Rm. 12:2

Indianapolis Chapter Servant Leadership Team

Linda Farley Coordinator
Brien Dick Treasurer
Mary Kendall Communications and Newsletter
Anita Thompson Hospitality
Marilyn Webb Intro to Centering Prayer Workshops

For more information on the Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis we invite you to contact Linda Farley from the leadership team.

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Indianapolis Area Centering Prayer Groups

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 of the individual practice. It can also be a means of continuing education in the contemplative traditions.

The purpose of the centering in community is for spiritual refreshment and mutual encouragement in the practice. By sharing the experience of centering prayer with others, one’s own discernment of the ups and downs of the practice is sharpened. The group serves as a source of encouragement and can normally solve problems that might arise regarding the method.

All Centering Prayer groups below welcome new members. Please contact the facilitator for specific times and places. If you have trouble contacting a facilitator, please feel free to contact any member of the Indianapolis chapter of Contemplative Outreach leadership team.

The following Centering Prayer groups meet in the Central Indiana area.


Facilitator Contact

Meeting Times

Second Presbyterian Church
7700 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Lindsay Miller
Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas
535 W. State St.
West Lafayette, Indiana
Becky Dick
Mondays, 5:30 p.m.
Southside Indianapolis
Southport and Bluff Rd.
Greenwood, IN
Jan Jett
Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.
North United Methodist Church
3808 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolic, Indiana
Donna Sandage
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
St. Christopher Catholic Church
5301 West W. 16th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
Phyllis Farley
Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.
First United Church
2420 E. Third St.
Bloomington, Indiana
Br. Ramon Garcia
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.
Holy Spirit Church at Geist
10350 Glaser Way
Fishers, Indiana
Helen Jean Bluemle
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Northwest Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Marilyn Webb
3rd Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
4600 N. Illinois Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
Karen Spear
Thursdays,  6:30 p.m.

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Scheduled Events

For more information regarding events contact Mary Kendall,

Centering Prayer Introductory Program Workshop

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.

Please join us as Commissioned Centering Prayer Facilitators from the Contemplative Outreach Indianapolis Chapter share this method of prayer.  There may be an opportunity for follow up session as well to deepen the practice. 
Location: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260
Room N101/102
Date: August 26, 2017, 9AM-1 PM
Cost: Free will offering
Registration: Contact Mary Kendall 
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Fall Programs

Please join our community where we will pray, learn and have fellowship together for the following programs. 

All sessions will be located at St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260
Room N101/102

   All Sessions
St. Luke’s Methodist Church
  100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260
  Room N101/102
Cost: Free will offering.
   Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
   Program: God is Love: The Heart of all Creation DVD Series
Thomas Keating with Carl Arico
Cosmology and Human Evolution
   Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
   Program: God is Love; The Heart of all Creation DVD Series
Thomas Keating with Carl Arico
Christ, Evolution and All Creation and Into Unity Consciousness
   Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
   Program: “The Last Testament of Devotion” by Thomas Kelly who was a Quaker mystic whose prose awakens the urge to center our lives on God’s presence, to find quiet and stillness within our hectic lives.  “A Testament of Devotion has been the single most helpful written resource for the most important endeavor of my life: practicing God’s presence.”—Gerald G. May
Panel Book Discussion
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Living Flame

Contemplative Outreach 2018 is pleased to bring the Living Flame Program series to Indianapolis.  Please see the attached brochure for information and registration. 

Living Flame is a series of seven, full-day gatherings spread over the course of one year. Each of the seven days includes periods of prayer, and discussion, but the heart of each day’s program will be a presentation by a nationally recognized Contemplative Outreach teacher on a specific aspect of the practice of Centering Prayer. Marilyn Webb, the National Service Team Leader of the Living Flame Program describes this panel of presenters as “excellent speakers who have a history of dedication to Centering Prayer and Contemplative Outreach.”

Living Flame participants will learn more about the background needed to support and enrich a faithful practice of Centering Prayer. They will develop a better understanding of the purification process and the benefits of divine therapy. They will have the opportunity to both give and receive spiritual companionship. They will also learn how to discern when psychological skills can be useful tools.

January 13, 2018 Refinement of Centering Prayer Cherry Hastens
February 10, 2018 Lectio Divina Mike Potter
March 10, 2018 The Human Condition Mary Dwyer
April 14, 2018 Divine Therapy Susan Komis
September 8, 2018 The Dark Night of Sense Shawn Kafader
October 13, 2018 The Welcoming Prayer Practice Therese Saulnier
November 10, 2018 The Discernment Practice Rickey Cotton
Location: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on 86th St.
    one block west of Meridian St. in Indianapolis.
The sessions will begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm.
Cost: The cost of the entire Living Flame program is $190 for those registering by September 30, 2017. After September 30, the cost of the program will be $210.
This price includes all seven day-long sessions, materials, and snacks. Each participant should bring a brown bag lunch.
Contact: Linda Farley   317-430-3822
  Attendance to the Living Flame is limited.
Individuals who want to participate in this program should register as soon as possible.
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About Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis is part of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Contemplative Outreach was established in 1984 by Father Thomas Keating a Trappist monk. It is a world-wide spiritual network made up of individuals and small faith communities committed to renewing the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life and to teach the method of Centering Prayer.

Numerous Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina workshops and retreats were held at Benedictine Retreat & Conference Center in the late 1980's; through these experiences, an interest in contemplative prayer and a desire of many for Contemplative Outreach opportunities grew in the Indianapolis area. The chapter of Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis began January 13, 2007, when 35 people met with Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. leadership to discern their intention to form a contemplative community. Today the

Indianapolis chapter has an active leadership team identifying the needs of the chapter for on-going growth.

In 2009 Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis brought the Living Flame Series to central Indiana. The program was so well received the participants continued with Living Flame II Series the following year. These regular meetings proved to be valuable as we learned about Centering Prayer and the contemplative life. In order to continue growing together the leadership team offers a different program series annually. Participants are able to commit to the entire series or select programs that fit their personal need.

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis offers many opportunities to nourish and support one another in our practice of Centering Prayer and the process of Divine transformation.

For more information, please contact on the Leadership Team.