The Universal Christ: Another Name for Every Thing

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Contemplative Retreat

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What if Christ is a name for the transcendent within of every “thing” in the universe?
What if Christ is a name for the immense spaciousness of all true Love?
What if Christ refers to an infinite horizon that pulls us both from within and pulls us forward, too?
What if Christ is another name for every thing—in its fullness?

–Richard Rohr

Christ is more than Jesus’ last name. Jesus is a person whose example we can follow. Christ is a cosmic life principle in which all beings participate. The incarnation is an ongoing revelation of Christ, uniting matter and spirit, operating as one and everywhere. Together—Jesus and Christ—show us “the way, the truth, and the life” of death and resurrection.

On June 15, join Contemplative Outreach Northeast Ohio for Centering Prayer, contemplative teachings and practices, and reflection with 3 videos featuring Richard Rohr during the March 28 – 31, 2019 Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Registration required for lunch planning.
NO FEE. Free will offering will be accepted.

Date and Time
Saturday, June 15, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
(Registration – 8:30 am to 9:00 am. Please arrive early so we can start promptly at 9:00)

Location and Directions
Laurel Lake Retirement Community
200 Laurel Lake Dr.
Hudson, OH 44326

Contact Information
To RSVP for this event, please contact Nancy Moran at email, no later than June 12. For further information: contact Josefina Fernandez at email

Retreat leaders
Nancy Moran and Josefina Fernandez


8:30 am – 9:00 am                Registration

9:00 am – 9:20 am                Opening and Introduction

9:20 am – 11:00 am              Centering Prayer – Intro to the Universal Christ (video)

11:00 am – 11:15 am            Break

11:15 am – 11:45 am            Contemplative Sharing

11:45 am – 12:30 pm            Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:40 pm              Centering Prayer – The Universal Christ (video)

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm                Contemplative Sharing

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm                Break

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm                Contemplation, The Tomb and Not Knowing (video)

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm                Contemplative Sharing

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm                Closing

The Yahweh Prayer

The Yahweh Prayer

A rabbi taught this prayer to me many years ago. I write about it in the second chapter of my book The Naked Now. The Jews did not speak God’s name, but breathed it with an open mouth and throat: inhale–Yah; exhale–weh. By our very breathing we are speaking the name of God and participating in God’s breath. This is our first and our last word as we enter and leave the world.

 Breathe the syllables with open mouth and lips, relaxed tongue:



 During a period of meditation, perhaps twenty minutes, use this breath as a touchstone. Begin by connecting with your intention, your desire to be present to God. Breathe naturally, slowly, and deeply, inhaling and exhaling Yah-weh. Let your focus on the syllables soften and fall away into silence. If a thought, emotion, or sensation arises, observe but don’t latch on to it. Simply return to breathing Yah-weh.

 You may be distracted numerous times. And perhaps your entire practice will be full of sensations clamoring for attention. Contemplation is truly an exercise in humility! But each interruption is yet another opportunity to return to Presence, to conscious participation in God’s life.

 From: Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation. April 9, 2016