At West Side, the desire to live contemplatively is a core value. We seek to be fully present to life as it is, purposeful in our approach to living and grateful for our blessings.
Contemplative Practices, which includes Centering Prayer, meets on Sundays at 10:00 am in the West Side Room. Centering Prayer is an ancient form of Christian meditation in which we rest silently in the presence of God. It's powerful and easy to learn. All "levels" are welcome, including newcomers to the practice. No need to sign up...just show up!
Group Spiritual Direction
Group spiritual direction is a process in which people gather together in small groups (with an experienced leader) to deepen their ability to listen and respond to the movement of God’s Spirit in each other’s lives. It is not a support group or therapy group. Participants meet monthly, from September through June, both online and in person. Regular attendance is expected - it's not a "drop in" group - and an orientation is required.
Circles of Trust (Lectio Divina)
Lectio Divina ("divine reading") is an ancient practice of engaging with the scriptures that helps you connect scripture with day-to-day life in a way that makes a difference. It involves prayerful reading and meditation on a short passage of scripture and listening for the wisdom it offers. Participants meet monthly, from September through June, both online and in person. Regular attendance is expected - it's not a "drop in" group - and an orientation is required.