Workshops: Practicing Presence & Prayer

“Grandma, guess what I learned in school today?  I learned about the present, and that it’s a gift to the future.  That’s why they call it the present.”  – Lily

In these challenging times, there is an even greater need to ground ourselves in Spirit. We are called to deepen the roots in our faith and prayer life so that our decisions and actions can emerge from loving wisdom and clarity, rather than fear, frantic activity, or reactivity. But where is this ground, and how do we find it?

We will be exploring how it is possible to discover a presence, a sense of awake intelligence, in silence. For four Sundays before Lent, you’re invited to come and learn some tools for contemplative practice/prayer. The emphasis will be on presenting simple, direct pointers for contemplation, and then practicing them.

This is an opportunity to find out for yourself, through your own experience, what might be uncovered in silence, presence and alertness, and how this might help you to not only find more peace in your day-to-day experiences, but also to make decisions from whole-heartedness that is grounded in authenticity and genuine strength.

These four one-hour sessions will meet January 29th and February 5th, 12th, and 19th from 5:30-6:30PM. Sessions are open to all adults. Feel free to invite friends or others who are interested. Children fifteen and older (who can be comfortable sitting in silence) are also welcome. Laura Thorne will introduce the methods. The resources are openhearted awareness practices from Loch Kelly’s book and audio instructions, Shift Into Freedom.

Contact Laura at, if you have further questions. Everyone – whether or not you are affiliated with WUMC – is welcome.