Values & Beliefs / Teachings

The teaching of the Church stands on two legs:  (1) the contemplative Christian tradition, as presented by Fr. Thomas Keating and others, and (2) the esoteric Christian Fourth Way, known as the Work of Inner Christianity, as presented by Maurice Nicoll, G.I. Gurdjieff and others. 


Though we are firmly founded on these teachings, we are not limited by them or to them.  We are free to reach deeply into all religious and spiritual traditions for insight, wisdom and inspiration, using these gifts to illumine our own religious roots and to enliven our spiritual practice.


The contemplative Christian tradition is primarily supported at the Church through the teaching and practice of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina as well as study of the works of Thomas Keating, Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, Bernadette Roberts and other mystics. The Church also has an active Centering Prayer retreat ministry.


The Work of Inner Christianity is primarily expressed at the Church through study of the works of Maurice Nicoll, Rodney Collin, G. I. Gurdjieff, P. D. Ouspensky and others. Classes, small groups, and the Gurdjieff Movements are ways that the Work of Inner Christianity comes alive as an active agent in the transformative process. For more information, see The Journey School.