Westminster's Contemplative Ministry
Westminster’s Contemplative Ministry seeks to intentionally deepen an awareness of God’s presence in our lives as Christ’s followers. Through a variety of offering—retreats, quiet spaces, library and online resources, classes, and small groups focused on deep listening—the ministry supports and encourages the Westminster community to cultivate a practice of mindfulness with spiritual formation and our call to participate in God’s mission in the world.
Throughout the year, the Contemplative Ministry team sponsors retreats, studies, worship services, and other opportunities to deepen this faith practice. Explore these wonderful opportunities as you feel led. Ask a friend or two to join you as a way of deepening your friendships and spiritual life.
+ Westminster's Serenity Garden
Westminster's Serenity Garden is located at the end of the church parking lot. Follow the path to a bench in the woods or to a chair in the backyard of the Redington house property. Visit before or after worship or a meeting as a time of transition or visit anytime just to enjoy a quiet place to pause and let your body and mind rest and your heart awaken. "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10.
+ Ongoing Local Contemplative Opportunities
Nexus Journey; Sponsors annuals retreats and one-day workshops on Centering Prayer in or near Greensboro.
Servant Leadership School; Based at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church downtown, this school is open to the community for a variety of classes and retreats throughout the Spring and Fall semesters.
Healing Ground; Summerfield. A Quiet Day in the Quiet Garden. Join any first Friday from 10am—3pm. Beverages and snacks provided; please bring a bag lunch or something to share. Suggested donation: $20.
+ recommended readings
Westminster’s Library has a collection of almost 70 books by leading contemplative writers. As you enter the library, look for a laminated sheet on the checkout table that catalogues the collection. Also, look for the Contemplative Voices shelf in the library for featured titles.
Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr: Recommended by Mary Ann Shaver
The Naked Now - Learning to See as the Mystics See by Richard Rohr. Recommended by Terri Burleson.
Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank C. Laubach. Recommended by Claire Haskins.
Putting on the Mind of Christ by Jim Marion. Recommended by Scott Young.
Breathing Under Water by Richard Rohr. Recommended by Frannie Motley