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Communion to Community: "That we may be one"

Saturday, April 13

9 a.m.-12 p.m. (EDT)


Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle

1725 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Reflecting on the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and Beatrice Bruteau, Colleen Thomas will lead us in exploring the heart of Jesus' teaching in the Gospel of John 17. In this Gospel, Jesus' final prayer can be summed up as "that they may be one, as we are one." As we commune with God through Centering Prayer, we become one with God.


Yet like the prayer itself, becoming one with others is not always so easy. Together we will reflect on the contemplative path as a movement beyond personal healing and transformation towards a prophetic and collective healing. 

"Community is how being, even Absolute Being, and therefore all being fundamentally is."

-Beatrice Bruteau

Meet Colleen Thomas


A spiritual director and long-time practitioner of Centering Prayer, Colleen Thomas delights in companioning others on their spiritual journey. Trained in the monastic arts of discernment, spiritual companionship, and retreat leadership, she leads contemplative prayer groups, workshops, and retreats. She serves as the Diversity Outreach Coordinator for Contemplative Outreach and as a Program Director for Stillpoint: A Center for Christian Spirituality. Her particular passion is aimed at expanding contemplative practice and teaching younger and BIPOC communities. 

Colleen earned her MA in Theology and Art from Fuller Theological Seminary. She worked in television in Los Angeles for 15 years before relocating to her hometown of Washington D.C., where she continues to explore her creative passions while enjoying the close companionship of her family. You can discover more about her work at and hear her in conversation about Centering Prayer and the contemplative life on the Opening Minds, Opening Hearts podcast.  

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Gay Hollahan, COMW Treasurer

4925 Western Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016


Questions? Please contact Linda Hall, facilitator.

When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:6



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