Bridge across Troubled Waters

Centering Prayer and the Theological Divide

Bridge across Troubled Waters
Kess Frey By (author)
Thomas Keating Foreword by
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Bridge across Troubled Waters is written to clarify a variety of misperceptions and criticisms regarding Centering Prayer. It is also written to explore the intimacy of the divine relationship we all have with God. The aim is to build a healing bridge of mutual understanding and regard across the divide that separates Christians who embrace Centering Prayer from those who doubt or oppose it.

This book is intended for all those who are curious about Centering Prayer and who may have been exposed to criticisms of the prayer, so they may learn about it from a pro-Centering-Prayer perspective and then make an informed assessment. It is also intended for doubters and critics, as an invitation to reconciliation and to considering Centering Prayer from another’s viewpoint.

Ultimately, Bridge across Troubled Waters is meant for anyone with interest in these issues and in experiencing a new view of the dynamic two-way relationship we all have with God.

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Thomas Keating

1. Our Common Ground, Human and Spiritual
2. Bridging the Theological Divide
3. Far Away so Close: The Divine Relationship
4. The Gift of Contemplation and Centering Prayer
5. The Method and Process of Centering Prayer
6. Affirming and Opposing Centering Prayer
7. Calming the Troubled Waters
8. Divides and Their Crossing
9. Bridging Created Reality to Non-created Reality

Appendix: Silence and Solitude

Author Bio

Kess Frey, born in 1945, grew up in Eagle Rock, California (North Los Angeles). He graduated in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine, and has studied Eastern and Western philosophy, psychology, and religion since 1965. He met Thomas Keating in 1989 and has been involved with Centering Prayer ever since. Mr. Frey lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where he offers introductory Centering Prayer workshops, facilitates prayer groups and retreats, and is active in prison ministry. Kess is the author of Human Ground, Spiritual Ground: Paradise Lost and Found: A Reflection on Centering Prayer’s Conceptual Background (2012); Centering Prayer and Rebirth in Christ on the Tree of Life: The process of Inner Transformation (2013); The One Who Loves Us: Centering Prayer and Evolving Consciousness (2015); and The Will of Divine Love Centering Prayer and Spiritual Psychology (2016).
Thomas Keating is a founding member and the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach. He has served on Contemplative Outreach’s Board of Trustees since the organization’s beginning and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board. Fr. Keating is one of the principal architects and teachers of the Christian contemplative prayer movement. He is the author of many books, including Open Mind, Open Heart; Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit; Manifesting God; Reflections on the Unknowable; and Invitation to Love. He lives at St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado.