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Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington


“Be Still and Know that I am God”
PSALM 46:10

Welcome to the Maryland and Washington Chapter of Contemplative Outreach (COMW)

We are an ecumenical group of women and men volunteers serving those who want to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of Centering Prayer. People of all faiths, religions, races, ethnicities, or sexual orientations are welcome to our Centering Prayer retreats and activities.

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of Christian silent prayer which deepens our relationship with God, the Indwelling Presence …  a prayer in which we open ourselves to God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. Learn more here.

COMW is one of more than 90 active chapters in 39 countries formed by Contemplative Outreach Ltd., an international interdenominational group of individuals and groups that are committed to living the contemplative dimension of everyday life.

We support centering prayer groups that meet in homes, churches, and institutions.

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COMW Programs

COMW offers Centering Prayer retreats focused on a wide range of topics and led by those highly experienced in this contemplative practice. Monthly, half-day sessions are offered in-person and virtually on Saturday mornings. View our schedule and learn how to register for our retreats.


Centering Prayer Groups

What is Centering Prayer? Learn from those who have engaged in this spiritual practice for many years. Interested in joining a local Centering Prayer group or learning more about Centering Prayer practices? Let us help you take the next step to find a group in the Washington metro area.

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COMW Video Library

Missed a favorite speaker? Looking to relive a retreat experience? Video recordings of past COMW retreats are available on our website. Click the button below to find a listing of available videos and a form to order them with.

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