This year’s Spiritfest will be hosting a collaborating between the World Community for Christian Meditation and the Centre for Christian Spirituality, to offer Christian-centred meditation to all festival goers, in one-hour sessions at Commemoration Methodist Church Hall
The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), which was founded in 1991 and is currently based in London, promotes meditation in over 100 countries across the world.
Besides the teaching of a mantra-based meditation in the school of John Main to the public, it has special outreach in many fields such as Education, Health, Leadership, Social Justice, Science and Technology and Inter-Faith.
The Centre for Christian Spirituality was established in 1987 with the aim of helping people deepen their prayer lives. The Centre offers a wide range of activities including Christian meditation, centering prayer, retreats, quiet days and spiritual direction. In November 2000, Fr Laurence Freeman, the current director and spiritual guide of the WCCM established a link between the Centre and the WCCM.
Each meditation session will include some history and background of the practice of meditation in the form of audio-visual material produced by the World Community’s outreach arm, Meditatio. “The method of this way of ‘pure prayer’ will be explained and short periods of practice will be included so that those attending get a taste. There will also be time for questions and discussion. A variety of resources will be available for purchase”, says Paul Faller of the South African branch of the WCCM, who will be leading the sessions.
Faller notes that meditation has many benefits proven through research and that with regular practice it will bring about spiritual fruits. “Many people in South Africa have a guarded or negative attitude to meditation because of its association with eastern religions. But, as the session will point out clearly, meditation is a universal practice, found in all major religions”, explains Faller.
The one-hour sessions will be run until 6 July at the Commemoration Methodist church from 4pm to 5pm. Be sure to come and spend some quiet time in Christian meditation, amongst the busyness of the festival.
For more about Spiritfest see: http://www.grahamstowncathedral.org/spiritfest
By Samantha Carolus