Promoting Mysticism and Interspirituality
On Contemplative Prayer:
"On saying words over and over again: well that sure is taken out of context. It's not like we would suggest someone grab any word ('Tree!' 'Towel!' 'Beer!') and chant it over and over again-which is her implication. There is a wonderful spiritual practice, however, of repeating a phrase from the Bible and seeing what God reveals to you about it (or about Him, or about you). It's prayer: not a chant.A response to the charge that YS is embracing eastern religion by Mark Oestreicher
Labyrinths, centering prayer, icons, stations of the cross, the sign of the cross,the Jesus Prayer
Youth Specialties Recommends a book by Maggie & Duffy Robbins .... Enjoy the Silence. But did you know that Maggie was trained at the pro-contemplative, pro Eastern mediation, Kairos School of Spiritual Formation?
Disciplines, Mystics, and the Contemplative Life
by Mike Perschon
An excerpt: "I built myself a prayer rooma tiny sanctuary in a basement closet filled with books on spiritual disciplines, contemplative prayer, and Christian mysticism. In that space I lit candles, burned incense, hung rosaries, and listened to tapes of Benedictine monks. I meditated for hours on words, images, and sounds. I reached the point of being able to achieve alpha brain patterns..."
Also read: Mike Perschon,
Contemplative Prayer Practices
Youth Specialties magazine Youth Worker,
in this month's issue (November 2004) Yes they are promoting mantra-style meditation. Youth Specialties is a growing leader in discipleship training for youth workers and youth pastors. YS also sponsors the well attended National Pastor's Convention.
But did you know that Youth Specialties promotes and teaches contemplative prayer and the silence?
In the May 2003 Youth Specialties Update, they suggest their readers go to this web site - ALTERNATIVE WORSHIP.
See What Is Being Promoted
Meditations, incantations, chants, guided fantasies, incense,
ANCIENT FUTURE YOUTH MINISTRY
"It's Sunday just after 5 P.M. in the youth room. Seven adults are sitting around a 'Christ-candle' in the youth room. There is no talking, no laughter. For 10 minutes, the only noise is the sound of their breathing ... now it's 7 p.m. ... one hour into the night's youth group gathering. There are 18 seniorhighers and five adults sitting in a candlelit sanctuary. A gold cross stands on a table . They're chanting the 'Jesus Prayer', an ancient meditative practice." (taken from the July/August 1999 issue of Group Magazine - a leading resource magazine for Christian youth leaders)