Plymouth Contemplatives

Who We Are

The Plymouth Contemplatives are an affinity group committed to personal and collective transformation. Together we share in contemplative movement, silence, and group discernment as ways to be present to God dwelling in our hearts, in Plymouth’s congregational life, and in our wider community. We participate in a variety of practices with the common intention of releasing attachments to our smaller selves and consciously consenting to the movement of the Spirit through us. These exercises can help us step off the emotional roller coaster of our times. The practice of focusing on the Spirit’s movement helps us find our way through a topsy-turvy world.

How to Plug-in

In addition to many offerings through Plymouth’s Spiritual Exploration programs, the Contemplatives host weekly meditation sessions.

For those who feel called to connect more deeply through video conference prayer. All may join:

You can join the online meditation by phone and by zoom with or without video.  Meditations usually include a short reading or movement, 20-30 minutes of silence, and a short opportunity to check in with one another.  If you’re new to silent meditation, the facilitator will be happy to offer guidance.

Everyone is welcome.  You can join the email list to receive meeting notices by contacting contemplatives@plymouth.org.

Resources

Contemplative Leadership Resources:  A toolkit for Plymouth group leaders and committee chairs.

This handbook briefly explains what contemplation is, why it’s important to include contemplation when people gather for church, and how small groups can integrate contemplative practices.  It also provides resources for contemplative processes and practices.

Gathering Basket

The front desk has a basket with a candle, cloth, meditation bell, and other resources for small groups to borrow for meetings.

Little (Mystic) Library

A small, curated collection of books is available at the Plymouth Library. It can also travel to events upon request. The collection includes these titles, which are excellent introductions to contemplative thought and practice:

  • Cynthia Bourgeault
    Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening
  • Cynthia Bourgeault
    The Wisdom Way of Knowing
  • James Finley
    Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God
  • Thomas Keating
    Open Mind, Open Heart
  • Martin Laird
    Into the Silent Land
  • Thomas Merton
    New Seeds of Contemplation
  • Richard Rohr
    Immortal Diamond
  • Alan Watts
    Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion
  • Dan Wolpert
    Creating a Life With God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices