The Rev. M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O., author and internationally known leader of the Centering Prayer movement, will lead a two-evening talk and workshop on the practice of Centering Prayer on Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Church. Centering Prayer is a contemplative practice rooted in ancient texts, the living tradition of finding union with God. The method has its origin in the early monastic tradition of the church and the wisdom of the church fathers, reaching back to the sixth century. The event is free and open to the public, with free parking available at the Broadway Garage on Felton Street. Pennington became known worldwide through his efforts to help the church refocus on its contemplative dimension through the Centering Prayer movement. He is the author of more that 50 books, including “Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form” (Image Books, 1980), and nearly 1,000 articles. A member of the Cistercian Order since 1951, he is abbot of Our Lady of Holy Spirit Abbey in Conyers, Ga. The abbot will also be preaching at the Memorial Church on Sunday, March 17, at 11 a.m.