Contemplative Life

Throughout his writings, Thomas Merton characterizes contemplative living as living in true relationship with oneself, God, others and nature. Contemplative life employs silence, solitude, reflection, meditation, prayer and other spiritual practices as a way of opening to and growing deeper in these relationships and the responsibility and action they require of us.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer.  Centering prayer facilitates the movement from more active prayer – verbal, mental or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Join ongoing sessions of Centering Prayer where you can learn the practice and experience it in a leader-led small group setting.

  • Mondays, 5:30-6:30 in room 024
  • Wednesdays, 11:30-noon in Francis Chapel

Days Apart

Small groups of no more than 12 will travel together in a church van to Belmont Abbey, nearby in Belmont, NC. Carry your own lunch for a no cost Day Apart. Space is limited for these events and registration is requested.*

  • Saturday, February 17, 9:00-3:00
  • Wednesday, February 21, 9:15-3:30
  • Wednesday, April 18, 9:15-3:30

Ground of Grace Yoga

This is an ongoing class, led by Melanie Dobson, meeting from 9:15-10:30 a.m. on Thursdays in room 031 of the Snyder Building.  The class begins and ends with a time of centering in scripture, meditation, and quiet. Typically using the scripture which will be used in the coming Sunday’s sermon, the yoga poses resemble a “sermon in motion” as students experience the living Word in their bodies, minds, and spirits.

Please bring your own mat and props.  You might like to have a water bottle.  Wear comfortable clothing in which you can move easily and plan to practice in bare feet.  Try to not eat for two hours or so prior to class.  The class is oriented to all levels, from beginner to intermediate.  The current students can get up and down off of the mat without assistance.

Iona Pilgrimage

A small group from our church is invited to join a larger group from Shalem Institute on a Contemplative Pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland from May 31-June 10, 2018. This will be a deeply meaningful time of silence, prayer, reflection and community in the flow of God’s grace. Cost is $3600, plus airfare. Registration and initial payment is due by January 1. For all details, please contact Melanie at melanie@mpumc.org or 704-295-4840.

For registration or further information
on Contemplative Life events,
*please contact Christine Mull,
Ministry Assistant for Faith Formation
at cmull@mpumc.org or 704-295-4815