Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.
One in Prayer! COMW is just one of a collection of regional groups under the umbrella of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., an international office based in Butler, NJ. The international office provides resources for practitioners and volunteers worldwide; publishes monthly and quarterly newsletters; lists online retreat and in-person workshops and retreat opportunities across the world; provides an online store with books and media by Thomas Keating and other resources for the contemplative journey; and provides contact information for coordinators and contact persons worldwide.
The 12 Step Outreach Program of Contemplative Outreach
This program was established to offer Centering Prayer to people in all 12 Step fellowships as an 11th Step prayer/meditation practice. We help individuals and groups establish contemplative prayer practices through workshops, retreats and formation programs. The practice of Centering Prayer, and the spiritual, historical and psychological basis of it, are described and elaborated in several of Thomas Keating’s works, including Open Mind, Open Heart and Invitation to Love. The practice of Centering Prayer has parallels with other traditional practices, and is simple and easy to do. For those who live by the 12 Steps found in AA, Al-Anon, SCA, OA, DA, NA, GA, and other programs, a Centering Prayer practice can be a key support system in the process of recovery and transformation.
Centering Prayer can help deepen our application of the 12 Steps generally, and the 11th Step specifically, through daily immersion in prayer and meditation. We believe that, when applied as a daily supplement to the 12 Steps, Centering Prayer opens us to the deepest dimension of spirituality.
"Opening Minds, Opening Hearts"
The new podcast series is available on all podcast streaming platforms (Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play) and on CO's YouTube Channel.