The «Meditatio-Ukraine» seminars will take place on 7-9 May 2015 in Kiew, Zhytomyr and Lviv. It will be lead by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, a Benedictine monk from the UK. The Seminar will comprise a number of seminars about Christian meditation in the tradition of John Main and the activities of the “World Community for Christian Meditation” (WCCM).
The «Meditatio-Ukraine» seminars is intended for a broad inter-denominational audience and will be beneficial to all who wish to acquaint themselves with our tradition of contemplative prayer. You will find out how this tradition is put into practice today, and in different parts of the world, by Christian contemplative communities that were founded for the purpose of shared meditation practice and are guided by the principles of Benedictine spirituality and open to ecumenical encounters and dialogue with laypeople from all walks of life, as well as to interreligious dialogue.
The topic of our conference this year is the relationship between contemplation and peace. As history demonstrates, the question of peace is always topical. Rather than manifest harmonious diversity, the differences between people are a source of hostility and conflict. Many Christian mystics, philosophers and contemplatives thought that the reason for this was a false perception of reality through which we see the entire world, ourselves, and those who surround us in isolation from the eternal presence of God, from the unity of love and mutual connection within which God creates the world. The contemplative dimension of the Gospel has always proposed a simple way out of this situation – to concentrate on that which is most important, on the Kingdom of God; to strive for peace not enmity; to leave the limits of self behind and in the silence of our own heart to listen to the Word made flesh. Our ecumenical community implements this call to a meditative perception of reality through the discipline of daily contemplative prayer, Christian meditation in the tradition taught by the Irish Benedictine monk John Main OSB. Today, as society all over the world, and in our part of the world in particular, suffers from division and violence, we want to initiate dialogue and joint silence dedicated to peace among the people.
We hope that this conference engenders words and silence that lead to a meeting not of nations, political parties and ideologies, but of the hearts of people who want to live their lives in the presence of God. This is why, during all Ukrainian MEDITATIO Seminars, we would like to look at the practice of Christian meditation in the context of the New Testament contemplative teaching of peace in Christ (Ephesians 2:14; Philippians 4:7) and the teachings of the founder of our ecumenical community, Father John Main OSB. We plan to bring together the friends of our community from different countries and will be glad to welcome guests who wish to visit to the beautiful Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Zhitomir and Lviv and to spend time with us in silent prayer for peace – in Ukraine, all countries of the world, our hearts and our lives.