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Annual Programme

Online Events are organised by WCCM, and On-the-Ground Events are organised by l’Association Abbaye de Bonnevaux – Centre pour le Paix (ABP).

Save the Date: John Main Seminar and Pre-Seminar Retreat at Bonnevaux

This year, the Seminar will be held at Bonnevaux and led by Herman Van Rompuy and Laurence Freeman. The Seminar will be preceded by a 3-day preparatory retreat.

  • Online Series

The space between words: How to read the Bible and other Sacred texts

In this series Laurence Freeman will help us rediscover the art of reading any sacred text contemplatively, by learning to engage with the books that make up the Hebrew and Christian Bible.

Seeing What St. Paul Saw

St Paul is usually misunderstood. Understandably, because he was an intense personality, a volcano of vision and passion. But failing to see what he is teaching is to miss out on one of the great sources of wisdom.

Beholding Divine Beauty

In 2024 the theme for our online series will explore Beauty, Goodness and the Act of Creation in all senses, including art, theology and social justice.

Into the Mystics

Bernard McGinn, the most preeminent scholar of mysticism in the Western Christian tradition, will lead a 10 talk series on his favourite mystics and why he believes they still speak to us today.

Contemporary Anxiety

A contemplative response to three of the big issues facing us in the 21st century.

The Future of Wisdom and Intelligence

A Series of 4 Round Table Discussions on Thursday Evenings
In Partnership with the Scientific and Medical Network

Feeling the Way

Continuing the Journey of Meditation- A Six Week Course online with Laurence Freeman.

Future of Intelligence

In this series of round table dialogues, we will explore integral intelligence: the several balanced and unified forms of intelligence that humanity is gifted with. Speakers in the series will draw on left and right hemisphere styles of attention and investigate the unique nature of spiritual intelligence, the risks of AI, and finally that art of socio-political intelligence.

Save The Date

Events for WCCM and Bonnevaux in 2023

  • Individual Events
June 2024

Francis de Sales

The 17th century was the “Golden Age” of French mysticism, especially as represented in the bishop Francis de Sales (1567-1622). In his efforts at Church reform, and especially in his two influential works, The Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God, the genial figure of Francis set the stage for much of the mystical piety of modern Catholicism. ...
Prof Bernard McGinnDr Edward Howells
25 Jun, 2024
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Online
July 2024

“To See a World in a Grain of Sand”

The beauty and goodness of creation can sometimes be forgotten in our daily lives, but the art of poetry can assist us in keeping that awareness alive. This talk will suggest some ways we can learn to look outside of ourselves to participate in a larger creative imagination. ...
Diane Tolomeo
23 Jul, 2024
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online
September 2024

The Goodness and Beauty of Creation in the Eyes of the Mystics

Some people see mystics are “world-deniers,” but this is a grave misconception. Many of the great mystics have written movingly about how God’s good creation, especially as seen in its natural beauty, reveals the soul’s oneness with the Creator. In this talk Bernard will consider a few of these mystics from different ages. ...
Prof Bernard McGinn
03 Sep, 2024
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online
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Heart Wisdom and Intelligence

In this round table dialogue, Prof Scherto Gill, Founding Director of Global Humanity for Peace Institute (University of Wales Trinity St David) along with Dr Anne Baring, MA Oxon, PhD in Wisdom Studies (Ubiquity University) and Andrew Harvey, internationally renowned religious scholar and writer will explore Heart Intelligence and the practical implications of a new integrated intelligence. ...
Prof Scherto R. GillAnne BaringAndrew Harvey
19 Sep, 2024
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Online

Pierre Teilhard the Chardin 

The Jesuit scientist and mystic, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), sought to bring together a Pan-Christic sense of mystical oneness with the modern view of evolution in works such as The Divine Milieu. Although he was often misunderstood and attacked, Teilhard’s life and writings have been treasured by modern mystics. ...
Prof Bernard McGinnDr Gemma Simmonds CJ
24 Sep, 2024
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Online

Reading St. Paul

Acts was written at the end of the 1st century: a founding myth of Jesus missioning the disciples across time and the planting of the seeds of the church. What is this mission? What does ‘baptise the nations’ mean today? ...
Laurence Freeman OSB
30 Sep, 2024
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online
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