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Prayer in Practice

September 8–December 15, 2020


  • Sept. 8 - The Daily Office - Led by Frances Sullinger (RECORDED)
  • Sept. 22 - The Examen and Ignatian Spirituality - Led by Rachel Stott (RECORDED)
  • Oct. 6 - Chant as Prayer - Led by Dr. David Kelley (RECORDED)
  • Oct. 20 - Centering Prayer - Led by Mike Croghan (RECORDED)
  • Nov. 3 - Extemporaneous Prayer and Praying with Stones - Led by Frances Sullinger and Margaret Bain (RECORDED)
  • Nov. 17 - Body Movement as Prayer - Led by Celestine Jones (RECORDED)
  • Dec. 1 - Lectio Divina - Led by Mike Croghan (RECORDED)
  • Dec. 15 - Prayer for Discernment and Practicing the Presence of God - Led by Frances Sullinger (RECORDED)

Questions? Please contact Frances Sullinger.

Why Prayer in Practice?

There are many rich traditions of Christian prayer and spiritual practice that provide unique opportunities for experiencing peace, joy, insight, discernment, and communion with God. Prayer in Practice is an opportunity to learn about spiritual practices that may not be familiar to you, but which could become a part of your daily and weekly spiritual life if they speak to you. And there’s no better way to find out if a practice resonates with you than to practice it, so we spend a significant part of every session actually practicing these traditions.

What’s involved?

For each session, we introduce a form of prayer and engage the group in practicing it, as well as introducing other spiritual practices and/or meditations. We expect energetic participation!


  • The Daily Office - including Morning, Noon, and Evening Prayer, and Compline
  • Chants – with the opportunity to chant along with a YouTube video of Taizé chants
  • Movement or Body Prayer
  • Centering Prayer
  • Lectio Divina
  • Christian Meditation on a Bible passage
  • Ignatian Examen
  • Extemporaneous Prayer - participants may write their own and share with the group
  • Prayer for Discernment
  • Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence - everyday activities as prayer
  • Simple meditations, like those from Listening Hearts “Heartlinks” website.