International Seminar on Christian meditation to be held in NZ

In January 2015 Christian meditators from around the world will be gathering at Waikato University.

The New Zealand Community for Christian Meditation (NZCCM) is hosting the prestigious John Main Seminar, an event that is held in a different country each year.

NZCCM national coordinator, Vincent Maire, says the seminar is named after Fr. John Main “an English Benedictine who re-discovered Christianity’s tradition of prayer using a mantra.”

The seminar and pre-seminar silent retreat have so far attracted more than 230 registrants.

“We are thrilled that almost half of those coming to the event are from overseas. At least 11 countries are represented and we are expecting up to 300 by the time registrations close at the end of November,” said Maire.

The week-long event starts on Monday 12 January with a three-day silent retreat led by Fr. Laurence Freeman

Fr Laurence is the spiritual leader of the World Community for Christian Meditation and he will be talking on Meditation as a Modern Spiritual Path.

The seminar commences later afternoon on 15 January.

Melbourne academic and writer Prof. David Tacey is presenting on Spirituality and Religion in a Secular Age.

“David Tacey is the author of numerous books about the way religion and spirituality have diverged over recent decades.”

“His view is that while it’s not popular in today’s climate to point to the ongoing connection between the two, in ideal conditions they have a great deal to offer each other,” says Maire.

Further information can be found on the event’s website,

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