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Contemplative Corner


You are invited to join us for a quiet time of mid-week contemplative worship (most weeks, September-May). Each gathering is woven through with simple liturgy, song, silence, and prayer practices. We meet in the Prayer Room, 5:40-6:25 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, mirroring the Faith Academy schedule. After CW, consider attending a Faith Academy class or contemplative prayer group at 6:30 p.m. For more information about Contemplative Worship, contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at or 884-2502.


Come and listen to the voice of divine love! You are invited to join this contemplative prayer group that meets in the FUMC Prayer Room on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  This time provides for a period of Centering Prayer (a silent form of Christian meditation), followed by Lectio Divina (meditative reading of Scripture).  Familiarity with these spiritual practices are not necessary as an introduction can be provided at any time to newcomers. This is a drop in prayer group, meaning that you can come as your schedule allows. For more information, contact Rev. Patty Walker, at or 471-8522, ext.204. 


This contemplative prayer group meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Prayer Room, which is immediately following Contemplative Worship. For more information about this group, contact Dan and Lori Lohrmeyer at 630-1809.


Are you hungry for more stillness, silence, depth of prayer? If so, take note. You are invited to a time of learning the ancient practice of Centering Prayer, beginning September 8, 2019, 9:30-10:15 a.m., in the Prayer Room. For more information about Centering Prayer, go to If this form of prayer and meditation is new to you, do not hesitate to join in. There will be experienced people present to guide the group. For more information, please contact Bruce Sage at or 719-460-2996.


You are warmly invited to join Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer in meditating and praying with one of the weekly lectionary texts on his Lectio Divina (when in doubt) Podcast page ( Dr. Spencer has produced this podcast weekly for over a decade. Listeners have come from over 150 different countries across the globe. Each podcast begins with a brief time of centering, with a reading around a contemplative theme and a piece of quiet music. After that, the listener is guided through a hearing of the text 3 different times, with some silence in between. A concluding encouragement for further meditation on what was given during the prayer time wraps up the session. Usually, the podcast lasts about 20-25 minutes, including the silence. Most listeners use the podcast for personal time of meditation and prayer, but many also use it as a way to begin their time with a small group or staff gathering as well. If you are hungry for a special way to center your day or week with God’s prompting, come, slow down and meditate and pray with the Scripture!

At Benet Hill Monastery(in Black Forest)
3190 Benet Lane
Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Saturday, September 7 and Saturday, October 5
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Leader: Tim Latzke

We want to encourage you to try out a First Saturday Prayer Day at Benet Hill Monastery! This September and October, our very own Tim Latzke will be leading the prayer days. It will be a time for centering prayer (two sits), personal reflection and other enrichment experiences. All are welcome! FUMC and Benet Hill have enjoyed partnering on projects for some time now. For more information about First Saturday Prayer Days and other offerings at the monastery right up the road, please see: Or, email Tim at

September 29, 2019
March 15, 2020
July 12, 2020
September 27, 2020

You are invited to join us for a rich and restful day of retreat up at our beautiful John Wesley Ranch in Divide, Colorado (only 40 minutes away). Here’s what a Mountain Sabbath retreat day typically looks like: First, we gather at 9:00 a.m. in the Dining Hall of the Lodge at the Ranch for coffee and conversation. And then, at 9:30, we gather in the Chapel for worship. After worship, we have some time for learning around various spiritual formation topics. This is followed by a simple lunch together in the Lodge. After lunch, we encourage quiet sabbath practices like journalling, artwork as prayer, hiking, reading, sitting in front of the fire, napping and other restful activities. Often, as another afternoon option, we will have trained spiritual directors available for you to sign up to meet with one-on-one.  To conclude our day, we gather at 4:00 p.m. for singing, a little sharing and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The day entirely concludes by 5:00 p.m. Come and rest with God with others in a day of retreat! 

For more information about Mountain Sabbath, contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at or 884-2502. 

August 15-November 14, 2019

In partnership with Contemplative Outreach and the Benet Hill Monastery, FUMC is pleased to host the Contemplative Journey program! Fall of 2019, the Contemplative Journey II class is offered. Anyone with an established Centering Prayer practice is invited to register for this class. The series is filled with Father Thomas Keating’s wisdom on the Christian contemplative experience and the human condition. Teachings from Sister Maria Tasto and Saint John of the Cross are also a part of the class. Two other practices are introduced as well: The Welcoming Prayer and The Forgiveness Prayer. If you are reading this after the class has already begun, keep your eyes open for the offering of Contemplative Journey I, which will take place in 2020. For more information please call or email Leslee Terpay at 720.328.6581/ , or, Sister Therese O’Grady of Benet Hill Monastery at 719.473.8764/

Open to All
November 14, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Love donation
Please register by November 8

Fr. Carl Arico will personally join our Centering Prayer community with his teachings on Consenting to God on the Christian Contemplative Journey. Fr. Carl J. Arico is a founding member of Contemplative Outreach and served as its vice-president for many years. He serves on the Gift Committee, which is entrusted with the stewardship of Fr. Thomas Keating’s works. He answers questions from the worldwide Centering Prayer community each month in the online Contemplative Outreach Newsletter. He is the author of A Taste of Silence and a popular retreat leader.

May 2020 (details TBA)
La Foret Conference and Retreat Center

In May of 2018, FUMC hosted Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell, one of the world’s foremost thinkers on the gifts that can be gleaned from the Celtic tradition of Christianity. Hundreds of folks from all over the Springs showed up. In May of 2019, FUMC hosted the return of Newell, as he led his School of Celtic Consciousness for even more in-depth exploring of this tradition. In May of 2020, Newell will return to the Springs community — this time at the beautiful La Foret Conference and Retreat Center — to lead year two of the School. Keep your eyes on his website for more details: The event will fill up fast, so be sure to register early!

During the summer months, you are invited to come on a hike or two, when we hop on a trail to partake in the beauty of God’s creation as well as listen for and observe the presence of God’s Spirit together. On previous hikes, we have meditated and prayed amongst the bristlecone pines of Pikes Peak that are thousands of years old and in the presence of Ute prayer trees in Black Forest. This is one way of following in the footsteps of Jesus who so often snuck away into the wilderness for quiet and prayer with his Abba. Keep your eyes open for coming dates for Contemplative Hiking! For more information about Contemplative Hiking Days, contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at or 884-2502. 

Many people lead busy lives and find it difficult to notice God’s presence and action in daily living. Spiritual direction is about taking time to slow down, usually for an hour about once a month, with a trained spiritual director, to prayerfully explore a closer relationship with God. In spiritual direction, you are encouraged to reflect on experiences of your day-to-day living, not just on formal religious activities. As you do this over time, you may begin to notice God’s presence and grace unfolding in ways you had not noticed before. If you are interested in exploring what spiritual direction could provide for your own life, here are two suggestions: First, you can read more about it online at the Spiritual Directors International website: Second, if you would like to get a first-hand taste of spiritual direction, contact either Rev. Patty Walker at or Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at Patty and Todd also have connections with many other potential spiritual directors in our area for your consideration.