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Give Us 25 Minutes; You’ll Get Better 24 Hours

Posted on | August 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Give Us 25 Minutes; You’ll Get Better 24 Hours

For the past 18 months, I’ve helped lead an in-person meditation group at Claremont Presbyterian Church. COVID interrupted that practice, but in the tradition of finding opportunity in crisis, we came upon a marvelous way to keep silence together on line.


Since late June, Duane Bidwell, Sam Atwood, and I have been facilitating silent meditation in the centering prayer tradition of Fr. Thomas Keating. And you can join us.

We gather at 8 am Pacific Time, and after a short introduction meditate for about 25 minutes. Then, we close with a thought and a prayer. You don’t have to be a member of the congregation to participate, you don’t have to be Presbyterian, or Christian. You just have to be…and have a little thirst that says a time of silence opens your soul a bit and soothes your psyche.

Click here for instructions on how to sign up. And click here for a little primer about centering prayer; it’s pretty straightforward. When you sign up, you will get a welcome from an organization called Meditation Chapel, which facilitates online contemplative groups worldwide, as many as 150 a week. You will have access to any of them, in any several languages available. If you have questions or issues, send me a message.

To my surprise, I’ve found that it is possible to feel a connection between people on line as much as we did when we were sitting in the same room. Most of the participants are members of our congregation, but many are not, and we’ve had participants from as far away as Wales.


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Charles Taylor Kerchner is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. My daily musings appear in the blog. The archives of my EdWeek blog are available via link under the 'On California' head. Some of my photography can be seen by clicking on 'Gallery.' And numerous links to academic work and other research and commentary can be found by clicking on 'Projects.'


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