Contemplative Groups

Blue Hill Peninsula

Coordinator: Holbrook Williams, 207.359.4428 or [email protected], Silence and Candlelight. Wednesday evenings, 5 – 6 pm, September – May at the Blue Hill Congregational Church. From 7 – 8 pm, June through August, the group practices Zazen at Morgan Bay Zendo on Morgan Bay Road, Surry. Call Holbrook to confirm the time.

Coordinator: Paul McNulty, [email protected] 

No Frills Meditation Group.  We gather at the Blue Hill Town Hall from 8-9 AM on Tuesdays for a period of silent meditation/contemplation with the opportunity for sharing following. Practitioners of all styles of silent meditation are welcome.Enter by the town hall’s rear door and take the elevator to the second floor (the theater).

Brunswick/Topsham Area

Facilitators: Rick Wile, 207.756.0095 or [email protected], and Ann Carroll, 207.449.6569 or [email protected]

Second and fourth Tuesday afternoons, 4:30 – 5:30 pm at 24 Summer St. on the Topsham Riverwalk adjacent to the Prayer Wheel Garden. Before contemplation, participants gather to talk or walk the labyrinth from 4:00 – 4:30 pm. Contact Rick for more information.

Deer Isle Area

Coordinator: Ann Hooke, 207.348.6933 or [email protected]

Interfaith Meditation Group. Thursday mornings, 8 – 9 am, during the summer in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Deer Isle on Church St. (Rt. 15) Deer Isle and during the fall, winter, and spring in the Fellowship Hall at the back of the church.

Coordinator: Woody Osborne, 207-348-5274 or [email protected], October-April. Miriam Antich, 207-348-7745 or [email protected], May-September.

Contemplative Prayer Group, Mondays 4:30 – 5:00 pm at St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church, 627 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle.

Ellsworth/Lamoine Area

Facilitator: Chris Upton, 978-807-6202 or [email protected]

The group meets the second Sunday of the month, in Lamoine (call or email for directions) from 4:00-5:30 pm. Time and location may change and will be announced via email.

This Contemplative Silent Prayer Group is in the tradition of ancient and contemporary mystics, Father Richard Rohr, Thomas Merton, St. Theresa of Avila, Father Thomas Keating, The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, and others. It is about silence as a pathway to deep knowing through self-emptying, unitive non-dualism, illumination by the Spirit, and unknowing.

Chris will email a link to a spiritual teacher’s talk before the group meeting, which is for information only and is not necessary for group participation. We will enter in silence, have a reading, then practice 30 minutes of silent centering mediative prayer. Those who care to can choose to share once about their own inner spiritual experience. We will close with a moment of silence.

We will not talk about the struggles, rewards, or ups and downs of daily life, except as they relate to our journey in the Spirit. When the session is over, we enjoy a time to visit, connect with one another and build community.

While focused on the Christian Mystical Tradition, the group celebrates, welcomes, and benefits from all spiritual traditions; Buddhist, Sufi, Indigenous Cultures, Kabbalist, Native American, Quaker, and more.

Mount Desert Island Area

Coordinators: Edith Lyman, 207.288.9928 or [email protected] and Pat Paine, 207.288.4682.

Bar Harbor, Monday afternoons, 2 – 4 pm. Call for details and current location. The group also discusses related books, videos, or CDs, depending on the group’s wishes at the time.

Coordinators: Sandy and Burt Haggett, 207-288-0085 or [email protected]

Wednesdays 11 am – 1 pm at 8 Shannon Rd. Bar Harbor. Buddhist-influenced Meditation Group and Sangha. Meditations based on Lama John Makransky’s book, Awakening Through Love, affiliated with the Foundation for Active Compassion.

Facilitator: Lyta Seddig, 207-244-7887 or [email protected]

Soul Rest Quiet Time. Tuesdays, 1:30 – 2:45 pm in the sanctuary of the Somesville Union Meeting House UCC. Our time together includes a brief prayerful reading, after which we quiet our minds and relax our bodies in silent openness to the Holy for 20 minutes, walk meditatively for 5 minutes, and return to silently resting in the Presence for 20 minutes. Opportunity for sharing follows.

South Bristol

Coordinator: Beth Hood, 207.644.8242, [email protected]

Friday afternoons, 4:00 – 5:30 pm at the Parish House of the Union Church UCC, Middle Road. Call to confirm. Contemplative prayer depending on interest; usually a book study.

Concord, New Hampshire

Facilitator: Helen Fitzgerald, 603-738-2182 or [email protected]

The Wisdom Way Community offers a Saturday Contemplative Prayer group on the third Saturday of the month from 9-11 am at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 27 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301.

The group meets for a time of silent prayer followed by sharing and spiritual companioning, closing with a liturgy of spoken prayer and song. Coffee, tea, and a light breakfast are provided.

Newburyport, Massachusetts

Facilitator: Victoria Londergan, FSD (Franciscan Spiritual Direction), 617.777.4283 or [email protected]

Contemplative Circle. We meet in the library of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, High Street, Newburyport, on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm. Questions? Contact Victoria.

Nothing so much approximates the language of the Divine as does silence. It’s a language we need to practice. Our time includes a brief reading (Lectio Divina), a response (authentic movement), and rest and receive (contemplation).

Area Contemplative Lectio

Cape Elizabeth & Portland Area

Facilitator: Donna Yellen, 207-767-2631

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina. Tuesdays, 8-9 am. at St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107. For more information, call Donna Yellen or show up!

Coordinator: Stan Scott, 207-838-7927 or [email protected]

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina. Opportunity for conversation afterward. Mondays, 5-6 pm. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (upstairs from the sanctuary), Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth. For more information, call Stan.