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 practices to help you grow deeper in the contemplative life.


We offer the only permanent indoor labyrinth in Charlotte within our newly restored Francis Chapel. 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.

During this time of changing restrictions due to COVID-19, we look forward to once more opening our buildings and allowing you to walk the Labyrinth. Until that time, please download and print your own finger labyrinth right here.

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.

  • Currently not meeting. Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in room 024 – contact Linda Myers
  • Currently not meeting. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:00 a.m. in Francis Chapel – contact Jean Sullivan

We offer these resources for you until we are able to invite you to join in Centering Prayer with us once more:

Father Thomas Keating, Centering Prayer Guidelines

Father Thomas Keating, The Method of Centering Prayer, part 1

Father Richard Rohr, What is Contemplative Prayer? 

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