EHoP in the City: Day-Long Teaching Series: Christian Prayer


Location: ECMN Offices, 1101 West Broadway Ave., N. Minneapolis

Cost: $20 (introductory)

We return to a regular rhythm of day-long retreats in the City. These six days offer a wide introduction to classic contemplative prayer forms in the Christian tradition. Each day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) will include an opportunity to connect with other seekers, an introduction to the history and context of the prayer form, an experience of the prayer, and contemplative conversation about our ongoing lived experience of
prayer. Sessions will be led by Christine Luna Munger, Director, Episcopal House of Prayer.

To sign up for a session, click on the title of the session below.



CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER Saturday, January 18, 2020, Introduction to the Daily Examen

In this session, we will learn about the Daily Examen as taught by St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Over 500 years ago, Ignatius introduced this daily method, with six concrete steps, of reviewing one’s day as if engaged in a dialogical conversation with God.  As a foundational Christian prayer practice, Ignatius recommended that his followers do their daily Examen even if they could do no other prayer during the day.  The day will include exposure to both the ancient and contemporary versions of the prayer form, practical tips on how to pray, and an actual experience of the prayer form.

Saturday, February 15, 2020, Introduction to Discernment

In this session, we will engage long-standing Christian teaching about how to recognize the voice of God within our daily lives.  Given the many directions in which our attention can be drawn amidst the many voices that speak to us, we will learn to distinguish signs of God’s communications to us from other voices.  The day will include an overview of Christian discernment, specific techniques for discernment from within the Ignatian tradition, and practice with a variety of contemporary reflection models that support good discernment.

Saturday, May 23, 2020, Introduction to Centering Prayer

In this session, we will engage with the contemplative stream within Christianity.  Often, seekers assume that they must look outside the Christian tradition in order to find prayer practices that are based on the use of silence and sacred words.  Revitalized by the late Trappist monk, Thomas Keating, the modern method of Centering Prayer draws upon ancient Christian Wisdom regarding silent, apophatic prayer.  The day will include an introduction to Centering Prayer, practical tips about how to practice, an experience of the method, and small group reflection about our experiences of the prayer.  A typical session of Centering Prayer includes the use of a sacred word and about 20 minutes of silent sitting.

Saturday, August 22, 2020, Introduction to the Jesus Prayer 

Note: this date has changed from July 18.

In this session, we will learn about the ancient Christian practice of the Jesus Prayer.  Developed in the early centuries of Christianity, the Jesus Prayer involves the repetition of a sacred phrase which is intended to keep one’s mind and heart constantly on the Lord.  The day will include an overview of the historical origins of the prayer method, practical instruction on how to discern your own sacred words, and an actual experience of the prayer method.

Saturday, September 12, 2020, Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction

In this session, we will explore the group model related to the classic model of one-to-one spiritual direction.  The day will include an overview of the model within the broader framework of Christian spiritual direction, an opportunity to learn relevant contemplative skills such as listening, responding, sharing, waiting, and beholding, and an actual experience of a group spiritual direction session.

Saturday, November 7, 2020, Engaging Scripture

In this session, we will engage two Christian models for engaging scripture.  Both Lectio Divina and Ignatian Contemplation are time-tested models that welcome people of any level of training to more deeply engage with sacred scriptures.  Both models engage the head and the heart and integrate daily life experience into the reflective process.  The day will include an overview of the historical context of each prayer form, practical tips on how to pray with the scriptures, and an actual experience of each form of prayer.