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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 gathering. The time together is a combination of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer. For more information about this group, please contact Dan Lohrmeyer at 719.761.7952 or Lori Lohrmeyer at 719.930.5262.


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 8th, 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 ( 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 gatherings as well. Dr. Spencer has produced this podcast weekly for over a decade. Listeners have come from over 150 different countries across the globe 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!

September 29, 2019
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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 journaling, 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. 

The Essential Elements of Centering Prayer and Deepening the Centering Prayer Practice for Spring 2020. In Partnership with Contemplative Outreach and Benet Hill Monastery. This class will meet on Thursday mornings, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon at First United Methodist Church. The cost is $140 plus books (partial scholarships are available). Centering Prayer is a renewal of an ancient form of Christian prayer. It is a method of consenting to the presence and action of Christ in the stillness of our being. It is an exercise of faith, hope and love, moving beyond conversation with Christ to communion. The fruit of this prayer is a growing sense of God’s leading us beyond anxiety into an inner stillness and peace, and outward in compassion and service. This class is for anyone who is new to Centering Prayer desiring to deepen his or her prayer life, and for those who wish to renew their practice. For questions and to register, contact Leslee Terpay,, or Sister Theres O’Grady, OSM


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

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We want to encourage you to experience a First Saturday Prayer Day at Benet Hill Monastery! 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 contemplative  offerings 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, one of our very own and a frequent First Saturday leader.

Celebrating Centering Prayer
July 6-10, 2020
Location: FUMC
We are so excited to be able to offer this Centering Prayer retreat this summer! The focus of the week will be celebrating the goodness of our spiritual journeys and what we experience in practicing Centering Prayer. The retreat is especially for those who live locally. But out of town folks are invited as well. Participants who come from out of town are responsible for their own housing, breakfast and dinners. Lunches will be provided. Fr. Carl J. Arico is a founding member of Contemplative Outreach, is the author of the book, A Taste of Silence and a popular retreat leader the world-over. Stay tuned for more details on how to register for this exciting contemplative retreat!

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.