Become a Friend of WCCM-USA
There are many creative new ways in which The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) is responding to the pressing spiritual needs of our time. To serve those needs, we have developed a set of teachings and outreach priorities for the coming year, which many volunteers and a few part-time individuals work very hard to realize. While our mission is substantial, our financial needs are relatively modest. We nevertheless have financial commitments for which a stable annual income is crucial. That is why I am inviting you to join more fully in our spiritual family by becoming a Friend of WCCM-USA. Your annual support gives us both inspiration and practical support every day, here in the US and around the world. Laurence Freeman OSB
What it means to be a Friend
While it costs nothing to meditate, it does cost money to create materials and opportunities to teach meditation and to provide an operational foundation for the Community.
Our Friends provide the support WCCM-USA needs to share the gift in the US and to help us develop, nurture and assist new and emerging communities with limited resources. They also help the US provide critical support for the work of the International Office in London.
One of the seminal moments in the rebirth of Christian contemplative prayer in the US and the world took place in November of 1976 when Father John Main introduced his essential teaching to the monks of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. The transcripts of that introduction, of course, became the still powerfully lucid, Gethsemani Talks, Fr. John’s first published teaching.
Your Support makes a Big Difference
More than 36 years later, WCCM in the US thrives. There are now more than 250 established groups, an active School for Teachers, and a compelling calendar of regional and national events. We are also the home of the John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-religious Dialogue at Georgetown University, as well as several other resource centers around the US. And you are enjoying the WCCM-USA website, which provides general information about our Community, contact information for all US meditation groups and events, as well as key links to international resources.
Thanks to the ongoing annual giving of Friends, the US Community is also able to provide essential financial contributions each year to the WCCM International Office in London. That office plans and supports Fr. Laurence’s extensive annual calendar of retreats and talks, and in particular makes possible his presence in emerging and disadvantaged countries around the world. The office also operates the community’s outreach to the secular world, as well as produces the international newsletter and website, www.wccm.org, that serves all five continents and more than 100 countries.
Give the Gift of Meditation
WCCM is a remarkable community. The cost of its many services is far outstripped by the bountiful benefits it makes possible, thanks to the Spirit and the hard work of many around the world. But that cost must be met. And the Friends Program is designed to do just that. A Friend provides at least one gift each year to WCCM-USA. Some choose to become Sustaining Friends and pledge $500 or more a year for five years. How ever you choose to support us, no gift is too small. Please consider becoming a Friend of WCCM-USA and help the work of the community. If you are already a Friend, thank you for your continued support.
Your financial support is greatly needed and much appreciated, and you can be assured that every cent of your gift will go to advancing the mission of the Community. The US played a singular role in the creation of the World Community. Please help us play a singular role in its continued flourishing.
HOW TO GIVE
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Send your check or credit card information to:
7017 E. Calle Canis
Tucson, AZ 85710
You may also call 1-520-829-3197 and give your credit card information over the phone. It is possible to give a one-time donation or a monthly, quarterly or yearly donation through automatic credit or debit card payments to ensure your continued support.
With your Friends Gift of any size, we are happy to send you our quarterly WCCM International Newsletter, either by mail or email.
All gifts will be acknowledged and tax receipts provided.
If you would like to leave a Legacy Gift in support of WCCM-USA, please consider a planned gift. You may give through a bequest in your will, life insurance or retirement assets. Planned gifts allow you to give long-term support to the Community and reap the tax benefits. Please call 520-829-3197 for more information.
Please contact Susan White with any questions you may have about giving to WCCM-USA: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCCM-USA, Ltd. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.