Welcome

 

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 120 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 Formation Training - Aug 17th to 20th at Oblate Renewal Center. Our chapter is teaming up with the chapters in San Antonio and Corpus Christi to present a 3-day formation training in San AntonioAdditionally, if you are a Centering Prayer group facilitator, we are considering a one-day facilitator training on Sat, Aug 19th- details will be forthcoming. If you are interested in becoming a Centering Prayer commissioned presenter or in receiving training as a group facilitator, please contact 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..
    • Summer is almost here and we have wonderful multi-day retreat opportunities at Cedarbake Renewal Center in June and August.  Click here to find out more information.
    • The 12-Step Outreach service team will by led by Emily Haeussler and will have presenters for 2017. 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 accomodate 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..
  • Learn more about our Visioning Day 2016 and our newly formed 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!

  • The 2017 calendar of introductory workshops and retreats is now set. Explore the events for 2017 and sign up for one!

  • Pray in Community: Our list of local Prayer Groups will be continually updated in 2017. There are also several contemplative church services around town that we're aware of. Info on these can be found on the Other Events page and will be updated as we receive new information.

 


…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