Indianapolis, Indiana

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Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”  Rm. 12:2

Indianapolis Chapter Servant Leadership Team

Linda Farley Coordinator
John Drake Treasurer
Mary Kendall Communications
Joe Pressner Website
Jody Clapper Chapter Program Contributor
Lyn Reece Chapter Program Contributor
Marilyn Webb Centering Prayer Intro Workshop Organizer

For more information on the Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis we invite you to contact Linda Farley from the leadership team.

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Indianapolis Area Centering Prayer Groups

While centering prayer is done privately most of the time, a weekly sharing of the experience in a small group has proven to be very supportive of the individual practice. It can also be a means of continuing education in the contemplative traditions.

The purpose of the centering in community is for spiritual refreshment and mutual encouragement in the practice. By sharing the experience of centering prayer with others, one’s own discernment of the ups and downs of the practice is sharpened. The group serves as a source of encouragement and can normally solve problems that might arise regarding the method.

All Centering Prayer groups below welcome new members. Please contact the facilitator for specific times and places. If you have trouble contacting a facilitator, please feel free to contact any member of the Indianapolis chapter of Contemplative Outreach leadership team.

The following Centering Prayer groups meet in the Central Indiana area.


Facilitator Contact

Meeting Times

Second Presbyterian Church
7700 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Lindsay Miller
Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas
535 W. State St.
West Lafayette, Indiana
Becky Dick
Mondays, 5:30 p.m.
Southside Indianapolis
Southport and US 31
Indianapolis, Indiana
Mary Kendall
Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.
North United Methodist Church
3808 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolic, Indiana
Donna Sandage
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
St. Christopher Catholic Church
5301 W. 16th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
Phyllis Farley
Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.
First United Church
2420 E. Third St.
Bloomington, Indiana
Br. Ramon Garcia
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.
Holy Spirit Church at Geist
10350 Glaser Way
Fishers, Indiana
Helen Jean Bluemle
2nd Wednesday, 12:45 p.m.
Northwest Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Marilyn Webb
3rd Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
4600 N. Illinois Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
Karen Spear
Thursdays,  6:30 p.m.
St. Mathew Catholic Church
4100 E. 56th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Judy Hipskind
Mondays,  7:00 p.m.
North Christian Church
850 Tipton Lane
Columbus, Indiana
Lanny C. Lawler
Fridays,  10:30 a.m.
St. Luke's United Methodist
100 W 86th St
Indianapolis, Indiana
Judy Homer
Mondays,  4:00 p.m.
Enter door 6 and go to the prayer chapel.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
600 Paul Hand Boulevard
Franklin, Indiana
Church office at
Alternate Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
Queen of All Saints Church
606 S. Woodland Ave.
Michigan City, Indiana
Wendy Shafer
Wednesdays, 4:00pm

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Scheduled Events

For more information regarding events contact Mary Kendall,

Centering Prayer Introductory Program Workshop

Anyone interested in hosting a Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop may contact Marilyn Webb at .

Winter/Spring 2019 Program

Please join our community on any of the following eight Saturday mornings to pray together, learn together, and deepen our appreciation of Centering Prayer and its fruits. Each morning begins with Centering Prayer. We then watch a video and share our experience of the video in small groups. Finally, each morning ends with Lectio Divina. All are welcome, and there is no charge for participation although a free will offering can be made. Individuals new to Centering Prayer are welcome, and can receive individual help with starting the prayer practice.

January 12--The Present Moment and all that is.--Thomas Keating
February 9--Radiant Intimacy of the Heart.--Cynthia Bourgeault
March 9--Fallen, Beloved, Surrendered.--Thomas Keating
April 13--Peace that Passes Understanding--Richard Rohr
May 11--Spiritual Life Journey selection.--Thomas Keating
June 8--On Practicing Radical Compassion.--James Finley
July 13--Spiritual Life Journey selection.--Thomas Keating
August 10--The Welcoming Practice and Waking up--Cynthia Bourgeault

Where: Rooms N101 and 102, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St. Indianapolis, IN. Enter through door#6 and turn left in the hallway.

When: 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Contact: For more information please contact Linda Farley, chapter coordinator at

The Living Flame

Living Flame is a series of seven, full-day gatherings spread over the course of one year. Each of the seven days includes periods of prayer, and discussion, but the heart of each day’s program will be a live presentation by a nationally recognized Contemplative Outreach presenter on a specific aspect of the practice of Centering Prayer and leading a contemplative life. Marilyn Webb, the National Service Team Leader of the Living Flame Program describes this panel of presenters as “excellent speakers who have a history of dedication to Centering Prayer and Contemplative Outreach.”

Living Flame participants will learn more about the background needed to support and enrich a faithful practice of Centering Prayer. They will develop a better understanding of the purification process and the benefits of divine therapy. They will have the opportunity to both give and receive spiritual companionship. They will also learn how to discern when psychological skills can be useful tools.

2019-2020 Living Flame 2 Schedule

September 14, 2019

Reclaiming Our Roots

Rickey Cotton

October 12, 2019

Lectio Divina – Second Year

Mike Potter

November 9, 2019

Contemplative Living

Susan Rush

January 11, 2020

The Forgiveness Prayer

Cherry Haisten

February 8, 2020

Soul Friending

Kathy Difede

March 14, 2020

The Psychological Experience
Of Centering Prayer

John Ettensohn, OMI

April 11, 2020

The Dark Night of the Soul

Susan Komis

All of the sessions will be held Saturdays at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on 86th St. one block west of Meridian St. in Indianapolis. The sessions will begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm.

Who Should Attend

There are three prerequisites for attending Living Flame: 1) Participants should have the intention to attend all seven sessions. 2) The program is meant for individuals with an established Centering Prayer practice. There are many wonderful roads to intimacy with God, but this program is designed for those practicing Centering Prayer. 3) Participants should have read three specific books by Thomas Keating, “Open Mind, Open Heart,” “Invitation to Love,” and “The Human Condition.” Questions regarding the program may be directed to Linda Farley through email at or by telephone at 317-430-3822.


The cost of the entire Living Flame program is $160. This price includes all seven day-long sessions, and all materials. Each participant should bring a brown bag lunch. Since the intention to attend all seven sessions is a prerequisite for attendance, payment must be made in full, and is not refundable. Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis recognizes that not everyone can afford this and will provide a limited number of partial scholarships. This information is included in the registration brochure.

Attendance is limited. Registration will be closed after the first forty-two (42) participants register. Individuals who want to participate in this program should therefore register as soon as possible.

To arrange for registration please email Joe Pressner at or call him at 317-459-5271

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About Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis is part of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Contemplative Outreach was established in 1984 by Father Thomas Keating a Trappist monk. It is a world-wide spiritual network made up of individuals and small faith communities committed to renewing the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life and to teach the method of Centering Prayer.

Numerous Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina workshops and retreats were held at Benedictine Retreat & Conference Center in the late 1980's; through these experiences, an interest in contemplative prayer and a desire of many for Contemplative Outreach opportunities grew in the Indianapolis area. The chapter of Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis began January 13, 2007, when 35 people met with Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. leadership to discern their intention to form a contemplative community. Today the

Indianapolis chapter has an active leadership team identifying the needs of the chapter for on-going growth.

In 2009 and again in 2018 Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis brought the Living Flame Series to central Indiana. In the Living Flame Series is designed to support and enrich a faithful practice of Centering Prayer, and includes topics such as Lectio Divina, the Welcoming Prayer, the human condition, and divine therapy. The servant-leadership team is in the process of planning Living Flame II for the fall of 2019.

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis offers many opportunities to nourish and support one another in our practice of Centering Prayer and the process of Divine transformation.

For more information, please contact on the Leadership Team.