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. Here at Myers Park UMC we offer many practices to help you grow deeper in the contemplative life.


We are pleased and excited that we will soon offer the only permanent indoor labyrinth in Charlotte when the restoration of Francis Chapel is complete, expected in December 2018. Symbolizing our spiritual journey and used as a spiritual tool of prayer and meditation, the labyrinth consists of a single pathway leading both inward and outward again, with a large center space in the midst of the circuitous turns. There are many ways to walk the labyrinth, as an individual or part of a group experience, but there is no one right way to do so. Using guided devotions, selected scripture, stations of the cross and other spiritual resources may be helpful at times. Currently, we plan to open the chapel for Labyrinth walks one week of each month. Stay tuned for more information both here, and in the Cornerstone.

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 the Memorial Chapel, the small chapel next to our Sanctuary (on recess until January 9)

Days Apart

2019 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED for small groups of no more than 12 to 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.*

For further information on Contemplative Life events,
please contact Rev. Uiyeon Kim, Pastor of Discipleship