May 2011

Meditation Opportunities


Thursday evenings at 1st Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in May and June from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. in the fellowship hall. Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  For the second hour, we are practicing group contemplative listening.  We listen to a short reading from a contemplative author or poet, sit together for a period of silence, and share our reflections with the group.  This is a wonderful way to practice deep listening to each other.  All are welcome to join us at any time


Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house

Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  It is one half hour of sitting meditation.

Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.

May Retreat Day

Retreat Day    Saturday, May 21 2011         8:30 am – 3:00 pm

A Day of Zen Sitting                                     Fellowship Hall

Joseph Cotham will lead our May retreat day with a focus on Zen meditation.  We will have an hour and a half silent meditation in the morning, a two-hour talk and discussion time, a lunch break, and conclude with another hour and a half time of silent meditation.  Come join us as we learn from Zen practice how to deepen our silence and bring more love and peace into the world.  Please bring a sack lunch.  Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available.

All are welcome.


Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                       Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

June 25                                        MMG Retreat Day with Prof.

John Provost—The Poetry of Rumi

August 7 – 12                                East/West Sesshin at MercyCenter

August 26 – 28                              Living the Gospel of Matthew

Dr. Joann Branson/St. Francis

Retreat Center

No MMG Retreat day in August

September 17                               MMG Retreat Day

October 21 -22                             Retreat with Ruben Habito

In closing,

May the deep blessings of earth be with us.

May the fathomless soundings of seas surge in our soul.

May boundless stretches of the universe echo in our depths

to open us to wonder

to strengthen us for love

to humble us with gratitude

that we may find ourselves in one another

that we may lose ourselves in gladness

that we give ourselves to peace.

— John Philip Newell, Praying with the Earth: A Prayer Book for    Peace

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