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Centering Prayer News  ~  May 2020

Heart of Texas Contemplative Outreach (HoTCO) is the local chapter of Contemplative Outreach, a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice.

New Chapter Co-Coordinators for HoTCO

Lynne Roy and Kristi Michener, two people with deep roots in the Centering Prayer tradition, have stepped forward to become the co-coordinators for the Heart of Texas Chapter of Contemplative Outreach.  We are so grateful for their leadership and welcome them in this new role.

Lynne Roy has been practicing Centering Prayer for about 
12 years.  She attends the Church of Conscious Harmony and is a commissoned Centering Prayer presenter.  This summer, Lynne is planning to take one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education as a requirement to work as a chaplain.

Kristi Michener learned the practice of Centering Prayer as a member of the Church of Conscious Harmony over 15 years ago.  She is commissioned as a Centering Prayer presenter and has served as facilitator for many introductory workshops and 1-day retreats.  Kristi has also been involved with HoTCO through her volunteer work on the Registration Team for United in Prayer Day and volunteered for several years in the Prison Ministry at the Hobby Unit in Marlin, TX.

We will be planning an online "anointing" of Lynne and Kristi and a setting of intentions for our chapter under this new leadership soon.  Watch for an upcoming announcement!

NASA, The Cat's Eye Nebula

During the current pandemic, our contemplative community has needed to shift its efforts from in-person events to virtual ones.  The HoTCO chapter will be focusing on publicizing these virtual events both in the newsletter and on the website for the time being.  Please help keep us informed of your virtual gatherings and we will be happy to post them.  Now more than ever, we need to embrace both our Centering Prayer practice and staying connected to our community.  Thanks for your help!
HoTCO Newsletter: 
Jan Reed and Kristi Michener
HoTCO Website:  Dan Michener


Contemplative Outreach is partnering with The Meditation Chapel to participate in and host online video prayer groups via  Each hosted group practices 20-25 minutes of silent prayer and then shares reflections on Scripture or some spiritual teaching. If you are looking for support in your daily practice, or a way to expand your consciousness and connections with other contemplatives, try it!  For more information and instruction on how to join, go here.  Fr. Laurence Freeman calls this "a sacramental use of technology" that enables us to "be sacramentally present to each other."


Meditation Chapel now offers the Welcoming Prayer
This is a 30-minute practice experience of the Welcoming Prayer.  Experienced Welcoming facilitators will guide you in this practice of consenting to God's presence and action manifesting in what you are experiencing in your bodies in this moment.  As the body is the warehouse of the unconscious, this practice supports each of us in embracing what we are experiencing  and letting it go.  No prior experience needed. If you haven’t already, please go to The Meditation Chapel to register and receive links to these sessions.

Tuesdays - 9-9:30am Central (Austin) time, facilitated by Mary Dwyer
Peace Chapel of The Meditation Chapel

Thursdays - 7-7:30pm Central (Austin) time, facilitated by Therese Saulnier 
John Main Chapel of The Meditation Chapel


The Church of Conscious Harmony has put all workshops and retreats on hold, with the exception of the following:

Centering Prayer Half-Day Retreat - Wednesday, May 6, 9am - Noon
This online retreat is free, but you must pre-register to receive the Zoom link.

Contemplative Outreach invites you to join with us for Word of The Week, a weekly contemplative view into liturgy, with reflections and sometimes videos of Thomas Keating, and practice suggestions for daily life.  There is also an option to participate in a weekly Zoom-video prayer group on Wednesdays at 5-6pm Central (Chicago) time, which includes 25 minutes of Centering Prayer, a time of Lectio Divina with a portion of the week’s message and community sharing.  Assistance is available if you are not familiar with the Zoom video platform.  Please email with any questions.  To register for the weekly Zoom group, please visit this link.  

Eremos is offering a Zoom conference featuring Mirabai Starr presenting the wisdom of Julian of Norwich on Saturday, May 9, 10-11:30am.  For more information and to register, please visit this link.

Joining a Zoom meeting
You must first download the free Zoom app at  Once you have the app, you can click on the Zoom meeting link from your computer to join a meeting.  When you enter a Zoom meeting, locate the microphone and video icons to make sure they are on.  You should mute your microphone during the centering prayer period.  You can also click on the Gallery grid to see all the participants in the meeting.

For more information about joining or hosting a Zoom group, please visit this link.


Image Credit: Reflection, 1900 - 1905, Odilon Redon

These Centering Prayer Groups will be holding virtual meetings on social media:  

All Saints Episcopal Church - Sundays, 5 PM
Zoom meeting link:
Leader:  Betsy Aylin

Lake Travis Area Centering Prayer - Mondays, 7 PM 
Zoom meeting link:
Leader:  Marcia Dilly

St. Michael's Episcopal Church - Tuesdays, 6:30 PM
Zoom meeting link:
Leader:  Phyllis Blees

University United Methodist Church - Sundays, 9:45 AM
Zoom meeting link:
Leader:  Jan Reed

University United Methodist Church Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer Services at Church of Conscious Harmony on Zoom:  

Sundays, 10 AM and Wednesdays, 6:30 PM
Zoom meeting link:

Sundays, 8 AM Lectio Divina Service
Zoom meeting link:

Daily Centering Prayer Services, 7 AM
Zoom meeting ID:  490-991-4302



HoTCO’s Mission is to support individuals and groups in our area who want to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of Centering Prayer. This Newsletter encourages the spirit of a larger contemplative community by communicating and promoting activities that serve this mission.  Visit the HoTCO website for information on contemplative services, prayer groups, introductory workshops, retreats, and events.  Connect with the HoTCO Facebook page.

Centering Prayer Resources:  HoTCO has resources for prayer groups, such as the 28 DVD set of The Spiritual Journey with Fr. Thomas Keating, a collection of appropriate books to sell at workshops and retreats, and trained presenters willing to conduct a seven-week course on The Introduction to Centering Prayer.  For more information, please contact our Chapter Co-Coordinators, Lynne Roy or Kristi Michener.


If your church or organization has information on contemplative activities that are appropriate for the newsletter, please submit information to  If you would like to be more involved with HoTCO, please consider attending a quarterly membership meeting.

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