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Contemplative Living: Practices and Tools to Nourish Our Journey

  • St. Athanasius at the Cathedral Center 840 Echo Park Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90026 United States (map)
Photo by John Towner on Unsplash

Photo by John Towner on Unsplash

The Great Need

Sometimes the demands of our lives are overwhelming…the world feels dangerous and unpredictable. Being a non-anxious presence is just what our world needs to help us live lives with grace and love in the midst of turmoil. As contemplatives we learn to live ordinary life with extraordinary Love. Through the discipline of a regular contemplative prayer practice we gradually come to know the source of this Love is deep within our own hearts. We learn to see ourselves, others and the world in a whole new way.


Join us for a half day of practice, sharing and reflection on contemplative living. Whether you have a seasoned contemplative prayer practice or have never even tried, this will be a day of enrichment. Anchored in Centering Prayer, we will introduce you to contemplative prayer and provide guidance on how to establish a regular practice of your own. There is no experience required, all are welcome.

About Our Presenter

Sharon Crandall has been practicing Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices for over sixteen years. She facilitated a Centering Prayer group at St. Bart’s, New York City and currently facilitates a Centering Prayer group at the Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel. Sharon volunteered as a companion to the dying in hospice for 10 years. She currently serves as a volunteer chaplain at Men's Central Jail and Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. An Oblate of the Community of Divine Love, an Episcopal monastic community in the Benedictine tradition, Sharon is committed to living a contemplative life and passionately shares that commitment with others.