Please call or email the contact person to confirm the group is meeting and to get specifics on the meeting location.
Saturday 8:15 am St. Anthony's Church, Lower Main St, Wailuku, Maui
Contact: Jim Vorndran
Monday 6:15 for book discussion, 6:45 pm for Centering Prayer, Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 100 Kulanihakoi St., Kihei
Contact: Paula Baldwincenteringprayer@gmail.com
We meet in the outdoor church, Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 100 Kulanihakoi St., Kihei in the outdoor church. We finish by 8 pm. All are welcome. Bring a light sweater and wear long pants this time of year. To be out in nature is wonderful and we share it with winged creatures also.
We discussed and discerned our way through Gerald May’s Dark Night of the Soul. Fr. Austin Murray leads the book discussions and has suggested we take up Thomas Keating’s Open Mind, Open Heart. This will be a great time to welcome new people to centering and a great review for us who have been at it for awhile. We meet at Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 Kulanihakoi St., Kihei in the outdoor church. We begin at 6:15 for book discussion, 6:45 for centering prayer. We finish by 8pm. All are welcome. Bring a light sweater and wear long pants this time of year. To be out in nature is wonderful and we share it with winged creatures also.
Silence is God’s language. Everything else is a poor translation. Thomas Keating
ABOUT THE MAUI CENTERING PRAYER GROUPS
Kihei Centering Prayer Group
by Paula Baldwin, June 2012
The Kihei Centering prayer group meets Mondays at 6:45 pm in the outdoor church. These 2 changes (time and place) have made our time together even more prayerful and sacred. To be on sacred ground among nature’s trees, wind, (and yes a little rain last week) brings God closer to each of us and each of us closer to the Other. I invite you to join us and to bring a friend. Also bring a light sweater and a pillow.
A few weeks ago this group used the sense of sight as the Lectio Divina. I brought in 3 images and laid them on the altar. I asked people to gaze at them, see what images, thoughts, questions came up for them. Then if they wanted, I asked them to share. Each of the 3 images were picked by someone in the group. All shared with very deep thoughts.
I used a picture of a small bench in a deep forest, a majestic entrance with one set of doors open and one set closed, and a drawing of small turtles heading for the ocean with one definitely leading.
Centering Prayer Community (Wailuku)
By Jonna Zane
From the Spring 2012 Newsletter
For some, the call to contemplative prayer comes as gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit. Others, like Brother Jim Vorndran, need a bit of a push. In 1975, at the direction of his Superior, Jim reluctantly attended a Centering Prayer Retreat at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. The retreat was led by Basil Pennington, William Meninger, and Thomas Keating. The rest, as they say, is history. Jim returned to Dayton, Ohio committed to a personal practice of Centering Prayer (CP).
In time, Jim began offering CP retreats on weekends at the Marianist Retreat Center in Dayton. Soon he was traveling around the country leading CP workshops and intensive retreats. Those interested in CP were mostly lay people. In 1985 he began nursing school and became a registered nurse. While his work left no time for teaching, he faithfully maintained his practice of CP. He retired from nursing in 2005 and moved to Maui. Some years later, a friend persuaded him to contact Contemplative Outreach of Hawaii (COHI) and this led him to begin teaching CP once again. In 2010, the first CP workshop was offered in Wailuku, Maui and the seed that would grow into the St. Anthony’s CP community was planted.
Today, there are upwards of 40 people practicing CP throughout the Island of Maui. A core group of 6 -8 meets each Saturday at 8:15 am at St. Anthony’s for CP and Lectio Divina, the prayerful reading of scripture, followed by discussion. A second CP group is forming at Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church in Kihei. All who sense a call to learn more about Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, the prayerful reading of scripture are welcome to contact Jim Vorndran via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or COHI at 1-808-536-6090.