Welcome to the U.S. website of the World Community for Christian Meditation! Here you can find:
Local meditation groups, thoughout the US .
Basic information on meditation in the Christian tradition as recovered and passed on by John Main and Laurence Freeman.
News of events and retreats, our current newsletter, and links to our International Website.
The World Community for Christian Meditation, which is inclusive of all denominations, shares a commitment to the discipline of meditation inspired by the early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers, and John Cassian in particular, which was taught and articulated by Fr. John Main, OSB (1926-1982). It transforms our lives in its twice daily practice and creates a community that constitutes a monastery without walls.
Our commitment is to share the teaching and practice of Christian meditation, leading to an ever-deepening union with the living Christ present within us all. As we incorporate a daily practice of meditation into our lives, we find we are then naturally turned outward into practical care for all members of the human family and experience from within an increasing respect for the interdependence of all creation. The worldwide activities and programs of WCCM, now led by Fr. John’s successor, Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB can be viewed at www.wccm.org.
We believe that understanding the gift of meditation is truly gained in the experience and practice of meditation, more than in the reading or study about it, so we welcome you to visit a group near to you or find an introductory event to attend. Meditation creates community. If you live too far for personal contact, please delve deeply into the information on this site, as well as our International site. We have begun the practice of “virtual groups” to specifically address the need of isolated meditators, so check out that page and contact us for more information.
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD – Psalm 46:10
“The all important aim in Christian Meditation is to allow God’s mysterious and silent presence within us to become more and more not only a reality, but the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, to everything we are….”
John Main, OSB
Members of WCCM-USA joined with international meditators at a silent week long retreat with Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB at the beginning of December at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, California. The retreat, part of our worldwide School of Meditation program, is designed to nurture our worldwide community, as well as to provide opportunities for deepening and for respite to the individuals who attend.
Sitting and walking meditations alternated with periods of rest and reflection, all without reading or use of any electronic technology and with the practice of complete silence. Once a day Fr. Laurence gave a short talk (you can listen here; scroll down to the series of six talks that begins with “Practicing Equanimity”), and we celebrated a daily Eucharist together.
WCCM Flowers in the Caribbean!
Thanks to the generosity of donors from the US, Canada and around the world, Fr. Laurence traveled to the Caribbean to share the gift of Christian Meditation this fall. In this inspiring report by Sr. Ruth Montrichard, children who experienced meditation for the first time tell their own stories. With renewed encouragement and support, Sr. Ruth outlines an impressive follow up plan for pilot programs in schools, introductory programs in parishes, training of teachers, six week courses, establishing a council and more. Sr. Ruth, our wonderful Coordinator in the Caribbean, is a dynamo! She has great vision and works tirelessly with her team to bring Christian Meditation to the islands.
To read her wonderful report, Click Here
Meditation with Children
Children can be taught to meditate together as naturally as they breathe in and out, and they enjoy our practice with its simple structure. In the USA, our efforts to spread the teaching of meditation to children received an inspirational boost in the autumn of 2013 from Australian guests Dr. Cathy Day, Superintendent of Schools, and Mr. Ernie Christie, both from the Archdiocese of Townsville. Christian Meditation as we practice it in WCCM is part of the day for every child in every classroom in Townsville. They spoke at 6 sites on this continent about their experiences helping children in their schools to build a meditation practice into their lives. After hosting the tour, WCCM-USA started work on infrastructure in support of local meditators who are spreading the gift in their communities to children and youth. We continue to develop new resources and supports… See Meditation with Children.
School of Meditation
Been meditating for awhile in our tradition and want to gather with others in community to deepen your practice? Read why one meditator loves our Essential Teaching Weekends……and then check the schedule on our Events page for upcoming dates.
Curious about our oblate program?
Want to know more about our Monastery Without Walls? How does our Benedictine background inform our present multi-denominational sense of community? See our Oblates page….
In a 12 Step program?
and want to connect with others who are and who meditate? See resources at our Meditation and 11th Step Practice page. Read how Christian meditation as we practice it underpins our approach to the 11th Step in this article, published in the Meditatio series, Meditation and Mental HealthArtwork Acknowledgements: The Butterfly photo is by e*3000; The Orchid photo is by n.zeissig; The Meditation Bowl is by teamaskins. All from Flickr, all are licensed under Creative Commons Use.