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Public Lecture:Contemplative Revolution
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BY FR LAURENCE FREEMAN, OSB
Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation, International speaker and retreat leader.
Crisis comes in many forms – personal and social. Sometimes we see it coming. Sometimes it is wholly unexpected. But it is always a time for change and growth – if we are ready. Meditation as a spiritual practice embedded in daily life opens us to the slow-fuse crisis of interior conversion and prepares us for big life-changes.
Laurence Freeman will speak of the contemplative revolution needed in the Christian tradition and society as a whole. The deep unity that this brings takes down barriers between people of all faiths and beliefs. The lecture is suitable for those who are new to meditation in the Christian tradition and wanting to learn more about it as well as for those already practising and who wish to deepen their journey.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 19:00St Augustine's Auditorium53 Ley Road, Voctory Park, Johannesburg
***FREE OF CHARGE, ALTHOUGH A CASH DONATION TO ST AUGUSTINE WOULD BE APPRECIATED***
Fr Laurence Freeman, OSB, is a Benedictine monk and the spiritual guide and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation an ecumenical, contemplative community.
An international speaker and retreat leader he is the author of many articles and books including: Light Within: Meditation as Pure Prayer; The Selfless Self:Finding Stillness, Silence and Simplicity; Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice; Jesus: The Teacher Within; First Sight: The Experience of Faith and his latest book Good Work: Meditation for Personal and Organizational Transformation. He writes a quarterly spiritual letter for the World Community and publishes Daily Wisdom a popular daily email with a short text and one of his photos.
Fr Laurence is the Director of Meditation, the outreach program of the community, which engages with the secular world on the themes of Education, Mental Health, Business, Addiction and Recovery and Medicine. Fr. Laurence pioneered an MBA course on Meditation and Leadership, at the School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and initiated the course on Health & Meditation: Healing from the Centre, at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
He leads the teaching of meditation to children and students as part of the recovery of the contemplative wisdom tradition in the Church and in society at large.
In addition to his work in the contemplative life of Christianity, Fr Laurence is active in Inter-religious dialogue and global peace initiatives
such as the historic Way of Peace with the Dalai Lama. In 2012 he was awarded Order of Canada in recognition of his work for interfaith dialogue and the promotion of world peace.