About our Global Community

The World Community for Christian Meditation is  a global and inclusive contemplative family, now present in more than 120 countries.

Our roots lie in the desert tradition of early Christianity, dating back to the 4th century. In the Christian tradition meditation is often referred to as "pure prayer" or "prayer of the heart", because it is a prayer without thoughts, words or images and so takes us beyond the imagination and the ego.  When we meditate we are not thinking about God or speaking to God.  We are simply being with God in the silence and stillness of the present moment. We move from the mind to the heart.  It is a prayer of silence, stillness and attention.  The essence of all prayer (and love) is attention.

In 1975  Fr. John Main OSB, an Irish Benedictine monk (1926-1982), started the first Christian Meditation Centre in London. The first of the family of weekly meditation groups around the world began to meet then.  After his early death in 1982, the Community, by then centered in Montreal Canada, continued on and matured under the leadership of Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB.  Fr. Laurence's efforts have helped to produce the worldwide community that we are today.

At the John Main Seminar in New Harmony, Indiana in 1991, led by Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB, meditators from around the world came together to shape the future direction and organization of the community as a ‘monastery without walls’. They named it The World Community for Christian Meditation because it was not only formed and nurtured by the practice of meditation but existed to share this gift with others. The symbol of the Community (our logo) - the two birds looking in different directions but resting on the chalice - is a modern version of an ancient way of representing the union of the contemplative and active dimensions of life.  Read more about Fr. John Main and Fr. Laurence Freeman here.....

At this time National Communities are under their own autonomous leadership, but receive support in maintaining a common vision and guidance from Fr. Laurence and an International Guiding Board and reciprocate by tithing a portion of their donations.