Christian Meditation at St Joan's
Archbishop Rowan William's Addresses Synod of Catholic Bishops in Rome.
The Archbishop of Canterbury was recently invited to address the Synod of Catholic Bishops meeting in the Vatican. Archbishop Rowan Williams spoke about the profound connection between contemplation and the task of evangelisation. In addition he spoke of the work of The World Community of Christian Meditation (WCCM) in bringing Christian meditation to children and young adults.
Here is an extract from his address:
“In practice, this might suggest that wherever initiatives are being taken to reach out in new ways to a lapsed Christian or post-Christian public, there should be serious work done on how such outreach can be grounded in some ecumenically shared contemplative practice. In addition to the striking way in which Taizé has developed an international liturgical 'culture' accessible to a great variety of people, a network like the WCCM, with its strong Benedictine roots and affiliations, has opened up fresh possibilities here. What is more, this community has worked hard at making contemplative practice accessible to children and young people, and this needs the strongest possible encouragement.
Having seen at first hand in Anglican schools in Britain how warmly young children can respond to the invitation offered by meditation in this tradition, I believe its potential for introducing young people to the depths of our faith to be very great indeed. And for those who have drifted away from the regular practice of sacramental faith, the WCCM can be a way back to this sacramental heart and hearth. What people of all ages recognise in this practice is the possibility, quite simply, of living more humanly, living with less frantic acquisitiveness, living with space for stillness, living in the expectation of learning, and most of all, living with an awareness that there is a solid and durable joy to be discovered in the disciplines of self-forgetfulness that is quite different from the gratification of this or that impulse of the moment.''
Note. The ecumenical meditation group that meets weekly in St Joan’s Foyer Meeting Room, follows the tradition/discipline of the WCCM. Contact/more information: Jan McGrory
Jan McGrory, 20/06/2011
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