Terry Doyle is a WCCM Oblate and leads a project to bring meditation to the marginalised in Middlesbrough. The Diocesan Catholic Voice (newspaper from Middlesbrough) published recently an article highlighting Terry’s work (read below).
A seminar on ‘Contemplation and Action’ which will explore the divine synergy of contemplative spirituality and social action, will be held at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney on Saturday November 3rd. The event, a Meditatio seminar hosted by the Australian Christian Meditation Community, will include keynote talks, Christian meditation, panel discussion and Q&A.
Speakers will be international social change educator, preacher and activist Jarrod McKenna and writer, speaker and contemplative activist, Donna Mulhearn. They will be joined in discussion by a panel consisting of : CEO of Wayside Chapel, Jon Owen; activist and meditator, Sister Susan Connolly; Aboriginal educator, Ceane Towers and justice campaigner and meditator Jon O’Brien.
The speakers and panelists will cover topics such as how contemplative prayer awakens a stronger commitment to work for justice and how it can support the journey for social change.
For more information and registration visit here.
A Contemplative Response to Austerity – a Meditatio Seminar
Kit Dollard, 15 July 2016
About a hundred people gathered at Teesside University, Middlesbrough on 13 July 2016 to listen to a variety of speakers address the subject of “A Contemplative Response to Austerity.” The chair for the day was the Bishop of Whitby Paul Ferguson and Fr Laurence was the keynote speaker.
Fr Laurence spoke on the nature of contemplation, and reminded that meditation is not an escape but becomes ‘a new way of seeing the interaction with what we see.’ In other words contemplation changes us and allows us to see the world differently.
Bethany Eckley, Director of Research & Policy at the Church Urban Fund presented two papers about how Christian churches might engage with communities in more effective ways. She underscored that relationships, not programmes, bring healing. Canon Derek Turnham spoke about the important role of Caritas and the Catholic Social Action Network (CSAN) in building community around the world.
There was a choice of workshops dealing with the more practical aspects of coping with austerity, ranging from healing and harmony to supporting communities and building social inclusion.
This seminar re-affirmed the absolute centrality of relationships and of love in our daily lives, and allows us to address austerity with peace, patience, maturity and wisdom.
Kit Dollard is Chair of Catholic Marriage Care, a member of the Catholic Bishops Conference on Spirituality, an author on Benedictine spirituality and a regular speaker at conferences.
This Meditatio Seminar will explore a contemplative and compassionate response to the prevailing years of austerity that have hit some of the poorest communities across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland. Drawing inspiration from a range of speakers and workshops, we will explore together the many advantages of balancing social action with heart inspired faith based values that seek to empower and enable both individuals and communities.
Laurence Freeman OSB, Director and Spiritual Leader of The World Community for Christian Meditation.
In the Chair:
The Rt Revd Paul Feguson, Bishop of Whitby and Chair, Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland
Bethany Eckley, Director Research and Policy at Church Urban Fund: Fullness of Life Together – Re-imagining Christian Engagement in our Communities
Very Rev Canon Derek Turnham, Episcopal Vicar for Christian Discipleship/Diocesan Communications Officer: The role of Caritas and the Catholic Social Action Network
Community Cohesion – How do we best Support our Communities – Shahda Khan MBE, Principal Partnerships & Cohesion Officer
Keeping it Real – Depaul UK Wellbeing Group: Terry Doyle and members of the John Paul Centre Wellbeing Group
Capacitar – Hands-on Popular Education Approach to Healing and Harmony – Paul Golightly, Director of St Antony’s Priory
Extra Life: Healthy Settings – A Modern Whole System Approach to Education and Social Inclusion – Abbie English, Student Recruitment & Admissions Manager, Teesside University
Meditatio as the outreach of The World Community for Christian Meditation (www.wccm.org) directs the
wisdom of meditation towards the problems and crises of our time. Its outreach programmes engage the areas
of education, business, leadership, interfaith, health, addiction, mental health and other social justice issues.
This Meditatio Seminar has been organised in collaboration and in partnership with: