R E C C S ● U ● L E A R N

Currently all RECCS U classes are offered online via Zoom in the convenience & safety of your home

. . . a personal computer is the best access, but a tablet or cell phone works

NOTE: If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, please email Karyl Petit (jkpetit@msn.com)

HOW TO REGISTER? Visit REGISTRATION page under RECCS U button above

CENTERING PRAYER: An Introduction to Contemplative Christianity

E.J. Rivet, retired teacher; now Assistant Rector at St. Gabriel Episcopal Church

Mondays, July 6, 13 & 20,  1:00 - 2:30 pm

$25 fee supports RECCS Scholarship Program

COURSE CONTENT: Centering Prayer is an intentional method for entering into a divine relationship. In silence, one consents to God’s presence and action within. Centering Prayer is a form of ancient meditative practice used in the Christian faith. In it, one retires inward by ceasing to register the senses in order to achieve an experiential knowledge of God. 


This class offers an introduction to Centering Prayer. Participants will experience short periods of Centering Prayer during each session, and will be encouraged to try longer periods during the week between sessions. Participants will have ample opportunity for questions and to share experiences.  


July 6th: History of Christian contemplation; prayer as a process for engaging the divine; the method of Centering Prayer/CP; a practice “sit"; final thoughts & practical points

July 13th: Review of 4 steps; a second “sit” & the use of the sacred word; the human condition; exploring the energy centers; group questions

July 20th: Welcoming prayer, its relationship to CP; a third “sit”; the psychology of CP; scheduling CP in a busy life; closing thoughts; where to learn more

INSTRUCTOR/FACILITATOR: E.J. retired from Cherry Creek Schools in 2001 after 29 years of teaching. He received his Master’s of Divinity in 2004, and now serves as Assistant to the Rector at Saint Gabriel Episcopal Church in Cherry Hills Village. E.J. is both trained in, and a practitioner of Centering Prayer. He can direct participants to further study through Contemplative Outreach (www.contemplativeoutreach-co.org).  


Participants: Class limited to 12 participants. Christians of any denomination are welcome. Open to all CCSD retirees, friends and family, or other community members.



#1   Raise money to fund scholarships for high school seniors

Class fees have raised $5,000 to fund two RECCS Scholarships.


#2  Provide members with broad range of opportunities for active learning

Previous class topics have included technology, genealogy, rule of law, DNA, smart phone apps,

Vietnam, John Fielder’s photography, election politics, writing, life’s last chapters, selling on eBay, cybersecurity, Colorado travel, downsizing, and others.


#3   Offer people who share similar interests a reason for coming together

In the past two years, more than 450 people have attended RECCS U classes.

Last fall non-members represented about 10% of participants.




Class Presenters: Each volunteer presenter is a skilled expert with an intense interest in their topic. Many are retired employees & members’ friends or family members; others work or volunteer in our communities. Their generosity supports scholarships and gives back to our community.


Length of Classes: 90-minute to 2-hour weekly sessions, in the morning or afternoon


Enrollment: Register online at www.reccs.org


Class Fees: $10 for a 2-hour class, or $5 per class hour


Online Payment: Pay with a credit card by clicking on the secure PayPal link, then follow directions. You do not need to have a PayPal account.

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