Contemplative Spirituality

Services

Sunday Worship VIRTUALLY at 8:15am or anytime after

Welcome to Contemplative Spirituality at Trinity...

Contemplative Spirituality is an ancient practice of bringing a deeper awareness of God’s presence in our lives through prayer and contemplation.

 

When we practice Contemplative Prayer in the midst of lives filled with busyness we begin to notice a new stillness which we carry within. We cannot change the external noise, however, we can practice staying fully present in each moment. The world needs this gift which we all carry within. All we have to do is practice. This is not easy, though it is indeed life changing. 

 

Here at Trinity you will find a quiet space where you can deepen your contemplative practice, or learn for the first time what contemplative spirituality is, and the impact it can have on your life. You have the opportunity to learn and practice Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina and other prayer practices which invite us into a place of deeper listening for the ways in which God speaks within us. We share in sacred listening and gratitude practice as well.  


All are welcome.  

 

SUNDAYS & WEDNESDAYS WITH CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY

Sunday mornings – Currently not meeting due to COVID

Begin your morning by bringing your full attention to the presence of God with you and within you. Each class begins with time to settle in as peaceful music plays followed by a meditative chant, the reading of scripture, a reflective reading and time of Lectio Divina. All are welcome in this quiet space.   

 

Wednesday evenings - 7-8:30pm in the Chapel on level 2 -Currently not meeting due to COVID

You will find a quiet space where you can deepen your contemplative practice or learn for the first time what contemplative spirituality is, and the impact it can have on your life. We practice Centering Prayer well as other prayer practices such as Lectio Divina, explore mandalas, reflect on the teaching of the ancient mystics and present day mystics. Each evening there is also time for small group sacred listening as we share what has been stirring in us during our practice. All are welcome.

 

 

PILGRIMAGE & RETREAT


Contemplative Retreat -There will not be a retreat this autumn due to COVID

We stay at the guest house at Mother Cabrini just outside Denver. During the retreat you have the opportunity to spend time together in quiet and prayer, learn about and practice contemplative prayer including centering prayer and meditation, lectio divina, and other prayer practices. This a wonderful place to begin if you have been curious about contemplative prayer or a time to deepen your current practice. No matter where you are on the journey you are welcome. Space is limited to 12. 

 

Pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland with John Philip Newell - September 9-19, 2021

(with option of additional days in Scotland)

Led by Cami Twilling, Director of Contemplative Spirituality

 

Once we arrive on Iona we will join a group of about forty pilgrims. John Philip Newell will lead the pilgrimage. Each day on Iona will begin and end with the rhythm of prayer and meditation together. In the mornings John Philip will teach on themes related to the oneness of the human soul and the healing of creation, asking what sacrifices we are to make in our lives as individuals, as nations, and as a species, if we and the world are to be well. The afternoons will be given to hiking, conversation, and rest, and the early evenings to embodiment practices of chant and meditative movement and further reflection on the way of transformation in our world. On one of the days we will walk the seven-mile island pilgrimage route together to reflect on the journey of our lives and universe. Wholesome breakfasts and evening meals, with provision from the organic gardens of the hotel, are an important part of our community life together. 

John Philip Newell is a poet, peacemaker, and scholar. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, having authored over 15 books. John Philip is the co-founder of Heartbeat: A Journey Towards Earth’s Wellbeing. He has a passion for peace in the world and a fresh vision for harmony between the great spiritual traditions of humanity.

 

Join us for this pilgrimage through the beautiful landscape of Scotland and the deep inner landscape of the soul.

Trinity member registration opens August 1, 2020

General registration opens August 7, 2020

There will be a waiting list once the 12 spaces are filled.

 

Registration and details : click here

 

Please email Cami Twilling with any questions:  ctwilling@trinityumc.org 


 

SCHOOL OF CELTIC CONSCSIOUSNESS 

In 2016 John Philip Newell founded the School of Celtic Consciousness (SCC). He did so in the belief that Celtic wisdom is needed at this moment in time, urgently. It is a spiritual tradition in the Christian household that can nurture vision of mind, strength of soul, and compassion of action.


SCC Purpose

  1. To consciously access the wisdom of our Celtic Christian inheritance.
  2. To deepen spiritual practice in relationship to this wisdom.
  3. To translate this study and practice into compassionate action.


What is Celtic Christianity…

One of the most cherished images in the Celtic world is the memory of John the Beloved leaning against Jesus at the Last Supper. It was said of him that he therefore heard the heartbeat of God. He became a symbol of the practice of listening, listening for the beat of the Sacred deep within ourselves, within one another, and within the body of the earth. This is the Christianity that emerged in the Celtic world in the earliest centuries. And it is a stream of Christian wisdom that is flowing again. It moves us to be aware of the Sacred at the heart of every moment and it calls us back into true relationship with the earth, with one another, and with what is deepest in ourselves, all made of God.


You are invited to…

  • Discover an ancient Christian wisdom which invites us into earth honoring spirituality.
  • Journey with others who find fresh insight within the Celtic tradition.
  • Find strength for the work of healing in the world.

 

Ways to connect and be involved:

Book Study: 2nd Sunday Each Month

6:30-8:00pm at Capital Tea (1450 S. Broadway)

We study the writings of John Philip Newell and explore Celtic themes which connect us to creation and the world today. Refreshments provided.  Contact: Angela Taylor: angelataylor5280@gmail.com

 

School of Celtic Consciousness- 2021

Join us for one of the Schools in May 2021 for year two of the curriculum.

A time of experiential time of learning, prayer, & chant rooted in the Celtic vision with John Philip Newell at the beautiful Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado on May 18-20, 2021 or at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center near Colorado Springs. May 7-9, 2021

 

SCC Curriculum

The SCC follows a three-year curriculum. In other words, the themes of Year 1 will not appear again until the fourth year of the School. Participants may join at any stage and, over a three year period, receive the full curriculum of teachings. The recommended prayer book for the School is Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter.


Year 1

‘In the Beginning was the Gift’ (Pelagius, St Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God.

 

Year 2

‘The Song of the Sacred Earth’ (Eriugena, the Carmina Gadelica, and John Muir). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God and The Book of Creation.

 

Year 3

‘Dreaming the Way Forward’ (Alexander Scott, Kenneth White, and George MacLeod). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God and Christ of the Celts.