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An offering from the Centering Prayer Program

with Joy Andrews Hayter, Catherine Regan and
Marty Badgett


Live Zoom sessions on
Thursdays at 12:30 pm

and Sundays at 8:30 am

"Be still and know that I am God."

Dear Centering Prayer Friends,


We, the Centering Prayer team at Mercy Center, would like to invite you to join us for shared Centering Prayer during this time when we cannot be physically together.


We have always known that our practice is not just an individual prayer, but a consent to the presence and transforming action of God in our world.  This time of global pandemic brings home the reality of our interconnection and the impact of our words and actions on the whole web of life on earth.  Times of chaos inevitably being change.  They are opportunities for seeing and creating a more life-affirming world, but also a time of danger when fear can lead to hardening our hearts.  Our intention to consent to God’s desire for our world is more important than ever. 


Consider this:  The call we each felt to come to Mercy Center to deepen our prayer life was our own experience of the movement of the Spirit across the planet to awaken us to a great and necessary healing.  Our response, whole-hearted or timid, was our consent to that call. 


When we come together, we strengthen that response and help each other renew our intention and commitment. 


Please join us whenever you can.  And let us keep each other in our hearts as we practice letting go into the Love of God.




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Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, scientist, and Centering Prayer coordinator at Mercy Center. She is dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love.

Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, retired psychologist, and adjunct staff member at Mercy Center, primarily serving on the Centering Prayer team. She has a special interest in fostering contemplative practices so urgently needed at this time in our world.

Marty Badgett has been practicing Centering Prayer for the past 25 years. He has facilitated introductory workshops, retreats, and days of prayer for many years. He is currently the Northwest Bay Area Contemplative Outreach coordinator.