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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.
Contemplative Outreach has a new website!  Make sure to check out the newly designed website at  Scroll down the home page to explore the many things happening in our contemplative community.
Contemplative Outreach Videos on YouTube Contemplative Outreach now has its own YouTube page where you can access an extensive selection of videos.  You can also subscribe to the page to receive notifications of new postings.  This is an excellent resource, especially if you lead a Centering Prayer group or offer retreats.  Below is a sampling:
  • At Fr. Thomas' request, we are going back to the basics and posting here "Model of the Human Condition," the first of six hour-long talks that are Part 2 of the Spiritual Journey series.  This is the first half of the third talk: The Pre-Rational Energy Centers. Listen here >
  • All 31 talks in the series "The Spiritual Journey with Fr. Thomas Keating" are now public on YouTube:  They consist of a Prologue and five parts. Each part has up to six talks in it. Each talk has separate videos for the first half (a) and the second half (b).  Each talk is listed with its title and appropriate link here, under the caption "Show More".
  • The Welcoming Prayer: Eight short videos about the Welcoming Prayer are now available free on YouTube.  These are part of a larger curriculum for a self-guided online course on this practice.

Centering Prayer as Practice and Process 
Self-Guided, On Demand Class with by Pamela Begeman, Mary Anne Best and Julie Saad
If you are new to Centering Prayer or wishing to renew your practice, this retreat will assist you with deepening your relationship with God. We will focus on teaching and practicing the method of Centering Prayer; review its place in the Christian tradition, its conceptual background, and psychological process; and share insights into establishing Centering Prayer as a way of life.  For more information and to register, please visit this link.
Hill Country Centering Prayer Community Group in Dripping Springs will not be meeting during the summer.  They plan to reconvene on the 3rd Monday of the month beginning in September.  For more information, please contact Sharon Clark-Eastman.
Murchison Chapel at First United Methodist Church, Austin
Contemplative service at First United Methodist Church
   Please join us for a contemplative worship service at First United Methodist Church of Austin (1201 Lavaca Street) in the Murchison Chapel at 9:00 a.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month. Our next meeting is Sunday, July 28th with a simple lay-led service that will include a brief liturgy and contemplative silence. We will continue to meet on the fourth Sunday through the end of 2019 and into 2020. For more information, please contact Denise Fischer at or Lauren Hendrix-Cook at All are welcome. 
To learn about other contemplative services in the Austin area, please visit the HoTCO website.
Contemplative Outreach of San Antonio is looking for bilingual Spanish/English presenters who are commissioned by Contemplative Outreach to teach Centering Prayer workshops.  They are hoping to organize a national bilingual Centering Prayer formation training at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.  If you meet this criteria and are interested, please contact Timothy Koock.
Centering Prayer group in Boerne, TX
The Centering Prayer Group in Boerne, TX meets at First United Methodist Church in Jones Chapel every Wednesday evening, 5:30-6:30pm (Fall-Winter) and 6-7pm (Spring-Summer).  They have just begun a 12-week study on the meaning of Centering Prayer as Contemplation all taken from Thomas Keating's and R. Rohr's daily readings.  Please contact Chaplain Jenny Russell for more information. 
12-Step Outreach is led by Emily Haeussler and presenters are being trained.  If you are interested, please contact Emily at
Welcoming Prayer workshops are now available to the HoTCO community.  If you are interested in a one-day workshop or a series of evening workshops, please contact Pamela Begeman for more information.

Upcoming Centering Prayer Activities
  1. Centering Prayer Half-Day Retreat – July 13
  2. Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop – July 20
  3. Centering Prayer 6-Day Retreat – July 26 – 31
  4. Centering Prayer 2-Day Commuter Retreat – August 10-11
1.  Centering Prayer Half-Day Retreat – July 13
Church of Conscious Harmony
Saturday, July 13, 12:30 – 5pm.  Registration begins at 12:30pm and the program begins at 1pm. The afternoon includes 2 periods of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, a Thomas Keating DVD, and faith sharing.  A $10 love offering is suggested.  For more information and to pre-register, please contact the church at 512-347-9673.
2.  Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop – July 20
Church of Conscious Harmony
Saturday, July 20, 8:30am – Noon.  This is a 7-week course in forming a daily Centering Prayer practice. The cost is $75 and lunch is included. The class will meet on Saturday and then for 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9pm.  Please pre-register in the church office or call 512-347-9673.
3.  Centering Prayer 6-Day Retreat – July 26 - 31
Cedarbrake Renewal Center, Belton, TX
This retreat will include 3 hours of Centering Prayer, Eucharist, Lectio Divina, and much time in silence and solitude.  The cost of the retreat is $595 and a deposit is required to reserve a space.  To register, please call 512-347-9673.  For more information, please visit the HoTCO website.
4.  Centering Prayer 2-Day Commuter Retreat – August 10-11
Church of Conscious Harmony
Here’s a retreat format for those who can't take a 5-day or 10-day retreat this year. Retreatants sleep at home and return the next day. This retreat will take place on Saturday, August 10 at 8:30am –4pm and will continue Sunday, August 11 at 8am to 4pm. Cost is $100, includes both days, and scholarships are available.  Please pre-register at The Church of Conscious Harmony, 512-347-9673.
Other Upcoming Contemplative Activities
The following events are not focused on Centering Prayer specifically but share the theme of contemplative spirituality and might serve to enrich the spiritual life of Centering Prayer practitioners.
Healing the Blind Spot of Leadership Through Contemplative Practice – Wednesdays
Seton Cove, Austin, TX
Wisdom teachers and thought leaders such as Otto Scharmer, Cynthia Bourgeault, Parker Palmer, Marc Lesser and Richard Rohr all say that some amount of time spent in silence each day is absolutely necessary if we are to work and lead from our Source or True Self.  Join us on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm in this weekly meditation group as we support each other in holding the space for discussion of transformative leadership practices and 30 minutes of silent meditation.  (Group will not meet July 3.)  For more information and to register, please visit this link.
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 or the HoTCO MeetUp 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 Chapter Coordinator Linda Whiteside.

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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