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Welcome to the Heart of Texas chapter of Contemplative Outreach (HoTCO). We are an ecumenical group of women and men serving together to support those who want to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Centering Prayer is an ancient method of Christian prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer.

HoTCO is one of more than 90 active chapters in 39 countries formed by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a worldwide spiritual network that provides support and resources for Centering Prayer practitioners.

We offer Introduction to Centering Prayer workshops and retreats ranging from one to ten days in length.

We support Centering Prayer groups that meet daily, weekly and monthly in various churches, homes and institutions, as well as contemplative church services throughout the area.


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  • You are invited:
    • Centering Prayer 5-Day Renewal Retreat - Jan 24th - 28th at Cedarbrake Renewal Center, Belton, TX. This spacious renewal retreat will include daily periods of Centering Prayer, liturgy and Eucharist, some instruction by video, and time for solitude and exploration of the grounds each day. Attendees arrive between 4-6pm on Friday and leave before noon on Tues. The cost of the retreat is $495 and a deposit is required to reserve your space. Please register by contacting CCH at 512-347-9673.
    • Centering Prayer 1-Day Retreat- Wed, Feb 5th, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, at the Church of Conscious Harmony. Check-in begins at 8:30 am and the program begins at 9 am. The morning includes two 30 min prayer periods and Lectio Divina, several periods of silence and solitude on the beautiful church grounds, and faith sharing. Contemplative lunch will be provided. There is a suggested love offering of $20. There is an option for a 7 am to 7:15 pm retreat; for more information and to pre-register, contact the church at 512-347-9673.
    • Centering Prayer Two-Day In-town Commuter Retreat (Preparation for Lent) - Feb 22-23th at the Church of Conscious Harmony. Retreatants sleep at home and return the next day. it will take place on Sat, Feb 22nd, from 8:30 am to 4 pm and on Sun, Feb 23th, from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. Cost is $50; scholarships may be available. Please pre-register by contacting the church at 512-347-9673.
    • Centering Prayer Lenten Half-Day Retreat- Feb 29th 8:30 am - 12:30pm, at the Church of Conscious Harmony. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the program begins at 9am. The morning includes two 30-minute prayer periods, Lectio Divina, several periods of silence and solitude, and faith sharing. There is a suggested love offering of $10. Please pre-register by contacting the church at 512-347-9673.
    • Save the Date: United in Prayer Day - March 21st 9am - 3pm at Seminary of the Southwest. Join us and with others around the world for the 27th annual day of prayer. The day will include periods of Centering Prayer, a DVD from Contemplative Outreach, Lectio Divina, and an opportunity to be in community with Centering Prayer practitioners from all over Central Texas. Don't miss this special day! Volunteers are needed- please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help!
    • For retreats in the year of 2020, please see retreats and introductory workshops.
    • The 12-Step Outreach service team will by led by Emily Haeussler and will have presenters for 2020. If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Pamela Begeman is interested in offering Welcoming Prayer workshops to the HoTCO community. The workshops can be 1-day or a series of evening meetings to accommodate your church or community. If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The 2020 Calendar of introductory workshops and retreats is now set. Explore the events for the remainder of 2019 and in 2020 and sign up for one!

  • Pray in Community: Our list of local Prayer Groups will be continually updated in 2019. There are also several contemplative church services around town that we're aware of. Information on these can be found on the Other Events page and will be updated as we receive new information.

  • Consider supporting our Centering Prayer community by joining one of our Service Teams. We would love to hear from you regarding "A Call to Serve" our chapter by completing this form and returning it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your involvement in our Centering Prayer community is vital!

 


…when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
~ Matthew 6:6

Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions, whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, thinking, feeling and choosing; even closer than consciousness itself.
~ Fr. Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart