This interfaith meditation day (Friday 25 May, in Manchester, UK) will celebrate unity and pray for peace – a peace much needed in our turbulent times. The day will have periods of silent meditation, a talk and reflection by Laurence Freeman OSB, a Peace Flag Ceremony by the World Peace Prayer Society and input from different faith groups. The day will conclude at 4.00pm with a Peace Walk. More information here.
8.30 am. Morning Prayer
9.00 am. 3 minutes silence
9.30 Time for Meditation
10.00 am.3 minutes silence and welcome from the Clergy Team leading to an Introduction by Chairman, Richard Edmunds. The subject he will ask the speakers to address is The Inward Turn to Freedom.
The first speaker will be Brahma Kumaris European Director Sister Jayanti. Not to be missed for her sweet wisdom and clarity of being, Sister Jayanti became a Brahma Kumaris when very young and has been a companion of Dadi Janki, the leader for many years.
Music will follow with a 2 minute silence at 11.00 am.
The final speaker who will lead us into a short meditation is Father Laurence Freeman OSB.
The morning will conclude with 3 minutes silence at midday.
Laurence Freeman will be taking part at Just This Day event in London on the 22nd November. This is an annual day in St Martin-in-the-Fields when people are invited to experience silence and meditation. You can have more information here. You can also watch Fr. Laurence’s talk from last year here.
Fr. Laurence will speak also in another event, co-hosted by Just This Day and Brahma Kumaris (UK) will happen in London on the 18th of November. The theme is Points of Light… An Inward Turn. See more information here.
The Way of Peace grew out of the 1995 John Main Seminar – The Good Heart – in which the Dalai Lama commented on the Gospels and had a dialogue with Laurence Freeman and other Christian teachers. The Way of Peace includes dialogue in spiritual practice, collaboration for the common good of humanity and pilgrimage as well as meetings among scholars.
It has recently inspired the Way of Peace Fellowship which formed among students of Georgetown University and Catholic University of America in Washington DC. The Fellowship held a dialogue at Georgetown University on 18 April with students and three teachers from different traditions: Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan (Director of Hindu Life at Georgetown University), Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, (co-founder and Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership) and Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB (Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation). Sean Hagan (member of the Executive Committee of WCCM) was the moderator.
The three main themes of the panel concerned contemporary spirituality and religion: the role of meditation; dogma, doctrine, and scripture; and education and values.
This was the second Way of Peace Fellowship Dialogue, sponsored by The John Main Center at Georgetown and The Catholic University of America, The World Community for Christian Meditation, and The Meditatio Foundation.