THE WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
The roots of the Community lie in the desert tradition of early Christianity. In 1975 John Main started the first Christian Meditation Centre in London where the first of many weekly meditation groups began to meet. In 1991 the John Main Seminar was held in the old Utopian town of New Harmony, Indiana. It was led by Bede Griffiths and was the basis of his book The New Creation in Christ: Meditation and Community.
Meditators from many parts of the world came together on this occasion to discuss the future of the community that had been forming for many years already as a ‘monastery without walls’. They named it The World Community for Christian Meditation. The symbol of the Community is an ancient image that represents the union of the contemplative and active dimensions of life.
Meditation opens the common ground among all religions.
This experience is the transforming experience of human goodness and our potential for selfless action for others. For this reason, the World Community initiates events in the spirit of ‘broad ecumenism’ to promote dialogue and harmony, through the contemplative dimension of faith, among all religious traditions. For example, the Way Of Peace which began after the John Main Seminar The Good Heart with the Dalai Lama is an ongoing series of dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Fr Laurence Freeman OSB. They have been held in India, the UK, Italy and Ireland.
The World Community co-hosted a meeting at York University (UK) exploring the common ground between Christianity and Islam. Laurence Freeman was a keynote speaker at the World Parliament of Religions in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009. The Meditatio Seminar “Common Ground An Interfaith Dialogue” was held in Singapore and had the focus on the contemplative practise of religion and how the shared experience of silence in meditation can enhance inter-religious dialogue.