2021 is the WCCM Year of Health. Central to the meaning of health is our human relationship with our physical environment. In the biblical vision, humanity is a steward, a gardener, on this planet. With massive increase of technological power and economic growth we have became exploiters, even rapists, having become disconnected from the power of beauty as manifested in the cosmos and, with heart-breaking intensity, on this fragile planet.
The situation has become critical. We are already seeing the effects. Because it is a man-made problem, humanity can solve it. We have the science and resources for a green revolution. But do we have the mind? Do we have the common purpose and sense of interdependence? Above all, do we have a capacity to see the sacred in our ecological relationships? Can we be ‘saved by beauty’?
The curing of our ecological disease, demands an awakening of our inner ecology. A contemplative consciousness is integral to the saving of our planet. This means the capacity to see how our economic and social justice, a healthy lifestyle, self-control and the creative use of our resources and technology are inseparable.
Meditation does not solve all our problems but it changes the way we see them. And it opens the eye of the heart so that with wisdom we can shape our policies and compassion may never be lost. The Environment is a major outreach and concern for the WCCM. We collaborate with other organisations to raise consciousness and strengthen the sense of unity globally.
COP26 AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS
The city of Glasgow is preparing to host the vital COP26 Climate Conference from the 1st to the 12th of November. Postponed from last year because of the pandemic, and with the window of opportunity already very tight to make the essential changes, it is now even more urgent that the international delegates negotiate with their focus on the needs of the whole world, and take fully into account those communities already suffering from the warming of the planet.
We have created a special newsletter, which will be regularly updated and is, we hope, an invaluable source of information about Christian responses and initiatives, to COP26 whose aim is to bring a caring and positive influence towards a successful outcome. All information about WCCM events before and during the conference will be provided, including the many online meditations and talks. The gift of meditation and the development of the contemplative mind has never been more important. You will also see we have created three leaflets for you to download and share widely.
This online newsletter is live and will be updated regularly to give you the most up to date information about events within WCCM and other organisations during the weeks around COP26, If you have any events that you would like to include, please contact Kate at email@example.com. We would love to add them! Please translate and share with your community if you wish. Por favor, traduzca y comparta con su comunidad si lo desea. Por favor, traduza e partilhe com a sua comunidade, se desejar. Veuillez traduire et partager avec votre communauté si vous le souhaitez. Bitte übersetzen Sie den Text und teilen Sie ihn mit Ihrer Gemeinschaft, wenn Sie dies wünschen. Proszę przetłumaczyć i udostępnić swojej społeczności, jeśli chcesz.
Leaflets to download and share
This leaflet is for all WCCM Group Leaders to help lead a meditation session with a climate focus
This leaflet explains the importance of meditation in relation to the crisis of the earth
This leaflet will help teachers and carers to share meditation and climate issues with children
Los folletos están aquí en español
Este folleto está dirigido a todos los responsables de grupos del CMI para ayudar a dirigir una sesión de meditación centrada en el clima
Este folleto explica la importancia de la meditación en relación con la crisis de la tierra
Este folleto ayudará a los profesores y a los cuidadores a compartir con los niños los temas relacionados con la meditación y el clima
Dr Deborah Guess -Ecotheology, the church & the environmental crisis. A talk from May 2021
A Faith Response to Climate Change. Talk from The Meditatio Centre in September 2020
Talks and Seminars
Fr. Alex Zatyrka SJ will lead us exploring ‘Indigenous Wisdom as a path to Wellbeing’ by integrating the concepts of care of the environment, care of our community, care of our family and care of self that he learnt from originary peoples in South America and Mexico.
The 37th annual John Main Seminar was hosted by WCCM Mexico in Mexico City with Fr. Alex Zatyrka as the featured speaker.
The 29th John Main Seminar hosted in Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, and was led by theologians Leonardo Boff and Frei Betto
Download the transcript here: tiny.cc/AI_MedCentre 1 – Talk 12 – Q&A Session Talk 13 – Talk 24 – Q&A Session Talk 25 – Concluding Comments Research
Asymmetry of the Brain and Human Meaning with Dr Iain McGilchristAt The Meditatio Centre, St Marks Myddelton Sq London EC1R 1XX This resource is provided
Resources for Purchase