Contemplative prayer and transformative spirituality are at the heart of all we do at the House of Prayer and House of Prayer in the City.
A group of practitioners known as the Membership of the Contemplative Body of the House of Prayer are at the heart of our ministry. They are called to an ongoing relationship with other seekers who have participated in House of Prayer retreats or silent sittings and who have an established personal practice of silent waiting. This is a community of deep practice where we focus on listening with our hearts to the voice of God both within others and ourselves where deep truth resides.
The membership meets monthly in Minneapolis or Collegeville. Always based in a shared extended silent sitting, we then adhere to a meeting format of circles of trust where we can speak from our deepest yearnings. At our annual retreat we renew our intentions to follow our Rule and we recommit ourselves to the pursuit of wisdom and transformation through awakening. We support each other by continuing to “show up” in our practice, in our studies and in our attentive presence to each other. Through mindful living and proclamation in our daily lives we intend to assist all creation to awaken to the reality of God’s presence.
The basic tenets of the Rule of the Membership of the Contemplative Body of the House of Prayer:
- Personal Prayer Practice – a regular practice of kenotic self-emptying
- Pursuit of Wisdom – a continual seeking to know the mind of Christ
Transformation Through Awakening – a growth in honesty of life to discover the True Self
- Healthy Living – take the responsibility to live a conscious balanced life recognizing that all are created in God’s image
- Annual Commitment – review and reaffirm a commitment to support the Vision of the House of Prayer and to participate in at least one retreat
- Prayer for the Life and Ministry of the House of Prayer – daily commend the work of the House of Prayer and all people to the love of God
- Giving – express the generosity of God through magnanimity of living
- Relationship to the Membership – devote time and energy to nurture the “body of Christ” in our spiritual communities
- Mission and Service – be of service for the maintenance of the life and ministry of the House of Prayer and be a minister by teaching and supporting others in their journeys.
If you are interested in learning more about the Contemplative Body, contact Ward Bauman at firstname.lastname@example.org.