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Join Jeff Renner & Rabbi Olivier BenHaim in an interreligious exploration of two ancient meditative and contemplative practices: Christian Centering Prayer and Kabbalah.
Rabbi Olivier will introduce us to some key principles of Kabbalah, guide us through a Kabbalistic interpretation of the Bible and support our exploring of Jewish meditation as practiced by the mystics.
Jeff Renner (right) pictured here next to Father Thomas Keating, founder of Contemplative Outreach, will be our introducing guide to the practice of Christian Centering Prayer. He serves as Chapter Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach Puget Sound North, and on the Contemplative Outreach team responsible for guiding the formation of new presenters/teachers of the practice. Jeff continues to learn and be humbled daily by the process of seeking to live his faith as a contemplative. He especially interested in the intersection of faith and science.
What is Centering Prayer? Centering Prayer is based on the practice called Hesychasm developed by the desert fathers and mothers of Egypt in the third and fourth centuries. Hesychasm (from the Greek for stillness, rest, quiet, silence) was the practice of interior silence and continual prayer. It has been refined and adapted by three Cistercian monks--Father Thomas Keating, Father Basil Pennington and Father William Menninger into what is now called Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplation; prayer in which we experience the Divine presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
This program is sponsored jointly by Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue and Contemplative Outreach Puget Sound North.
Refreshments will be offered at the conclusion of the program!