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Resource Meetings

Resource Meetings are held almost every Saturday on the same Saturday of each month in the same location generally from 9-12 noon.  Different Saturdays of the month are held in different geographical areas of Houston.  They are community led and consist of 30 min. DVD features of Thomas Keating presentations drawn from over 30 hours of his work.

Discussions and fellowship are held around the DVD and there are two 20 minute prayer sessions.  Everyone regardless of faith is welcome.


10:00am - 12:00pm

12211 Memorial Drive

Houston, TX 77024

(inside Emmaus Spirituality Center)

Meeting includes Thomas Keating video, group discussion, and Centering Prayer sessions.


Resource Meetings
Sunny Backyard


Centering Prayer Contemplative Retreats are held in different retreat houses in the area and last from a weekend to 10+ days.  They consist of 3-4 hours of group Centering Prayer sessions with 20-30 minute sits at a time.  Each retreat consists of either grand silence, i.e. no talking or eye contact, or no talking except after dinner with spiritual readings during meals.  

The Ruah Center also offers 24-hour Centering Prayer experience using the method taught by Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO, of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. 

Ongoing Contemplative Prayer Groups

While Centering Prayer is done privately most of the time, a weekly sharing of the experience in a small group (up to fifteen) has proven to be very supportive for those who are drawn to this format.  The weekly meeting also serves as a means of continuing education and of accountability.  Just knowing that one’s group is meeting together each week is an enormous encouragement to keep going, or an invitation to return to, the practice of centering prayer if circumstances such as illness, business, family problems, or urgent duties have prevented one from carrying out one’s commitment to daily practice for a time.

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.  The collective discernment of the group tends to be well balanced. (Adapted from Open Mind, Open Heart, 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 173) .

Interfaith Community Sanctuary
1763 NW 62nd Street, Seattle, WA 98107
Go to website for current dates and times.
Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center
430 Bunker Hill Rd., Houston, TX 77024 713-464-0211
Go to website for current dates and times.
Online Meditation Chapel
Contemplative Outreach
World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM)
Online groups: see In Person groups: see
Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada
Dr. Gard Jameson (host) with local Houston Imam Jamal Rahman
Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30 am central, online Zoom Link:
Online Centering Prayer - The Inner Way of the Heart
Lanson Jones
Tuesdays, 8:00am online via Zoom Meeting ID: 812 4453 1033, Passcode: 1Vq9b6
Emmaus Spirituality Center
12211 Memorial Dr.
Andrea Morgan
First Saturday of each month
The Story Church
3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77098
Pastor Eric Huffman
Register online:
Thursdays 8:00-9:00 am online
Emmaus Spirituality Center
12211 Memorial Dr.
Maria Pavlik
Online each Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am.
Eagle's Trace
14703 Eagle Vista Drive, Houston, TX 77077
Linden Price
Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:00am (Enter guest gate, park in guest lot, enter lobby and ask for Meditation Room)
St. Cecilia Catholic Church
11720 Joan of Arc, Houston, TX 77024
Kim Martin or Deacon Sam Mancuso
Kim: or 713-253-6957; Dcn. Sam: 713-907-2197
1st & 3rd Wednesdays and Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:00 pm, Room 202 in the Community Center
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
5501 Main St. @ Binz/Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77004
Judy Leatherwood-Smith
Sundays, 8-9 am, online via Zoom
Chapelwood United Methodist Church, The Center for Christian Spirituality
The Anchor House, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024
Nancy Sterling
Sundays: 8:45am, Contemplative Eucharist, Chapelwood Chapel Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 9:00am on Zoom Wednesdays & Fridays: 9:00am in-person, The Anchor House Mondays: 5:00pm on Zoom
St. Bernadette's Catholic Church
15500 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77062
Deacon Kevin Woodline
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:00am in the Church building
St. Martha Catholic Church
2302 Oak Shores Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
Susan Devy
Sundays, 7:30-8:45 am, online via Zoom
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
2450 River Oaks Blvd. Houston, TX 77019-5898
Melissa Grobmeyer
Thursdays, 8:30 am-9:25 am (except July, Aug and holidays), both in person group in Sid Smith Chapel and Zoom group
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
Carole Pentony
Mondays, 11:15 am-noon, Mellinger Room, hybrid in person and audio
St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church
6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025
Paula Djabbarah
Tuesdays, 8 am CST, online via Zoom Meeting ID: 812 4453 1033, Passcode: 1VQ9b6, feel free to invite friends
Ruah Center at Villa De Matel
6510 Lawndale, Houston, TX 77023
Jeanette Easley
(713) 928-6053
Prayer Groups
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