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The Gift of Tears

In-Person at Elm Grove and By Zoom

  • Started May 19
  • 20 US dollars
  • Contemplative Outreach of Southeast Wisconsin

Event Description

In ancient times contemplatives aspired to the Gift of Tears. Here and there it is treasured even today. Mingled perhaps with some ambivalence. We will touch on several perspectives of the nature of this delicate Gift: historical, contemporary, psychological, and spiritual. We’ll also look at the different types and purposes of tears, how the Gift manifests, and key figures who’ve had the Gift of Tears. The evening will begin with a 20-minute Centering Prayer sit, followed by the presentation, and time for Q&A and reflective discussion.  If you have not had previous exposure to Centering Prayer, please let us know beforehand and we will arrange to give you a brief explanation of the method a few minutes before the event begins. PRESENTER: Debbie Harmon has practiced Centering Prayer for over 30 years. Since the 1990s, she has been involved with Contemplative Outreach in the Midwest, spoken on a variety of spiritual topics, facilitated groups and retreats, and been a commissioned presenter of the Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop. Debbie is a spiritual director and holds a Master of Divinity and Master’s in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Donations up to $20 are welcome. Please register by May 12th by clicking the button below.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

COSEW/CCL General Policy for Cancellations/Refunds: The amount paid for a workshop/class may be applied to a future workshop/class or applied to COSEW as a tax-deductible donation. Retreats: The deposit for retreats is non-refundable. The remaining balance is refundable if cancelled at least two weeks before the beginning of the retreat.


  • Contemplative Outreach of Southeast Wisconsin

    Village Court, 890 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove, WI, USA

    (262) 282-8622