Watch: The Spiritual Journey
Multiple video teachings by Fr. Thomas Keating
All of the videoed recordings of Thomas Keating (1923-2018) on Centering Prayer and spiritual journeying have now been made freely available on youtube.
Overall, there are 75 different recordings, ranging from initial teachings about the method of Centering Prayer via teaching on prayer as resting and relating to God to his videos on liberation from the false self and contemplation and action - with a whole lot else in between! Most are between half an hour and an hour in length.
Listen: What The Body Knows
Rowan Williams at WCCM's Annual Conference
The former Archbishop of Canterbury was the guest speaker at the WCCM annual conference in July 2019. You can download all four of his talks on the body and meditative practice by clicking the button. They are well worth listening to!
Free to access conference recordings on line
Oneness: The Secret Embrace
with Cynthia Bourgeault
In these three video recordings from early May this year Cynthia Bourgeault presents “Oneness: The Secret Embrace,” Thomas Keating’s final gift to the world, expressed through the poetry of his later years. Cynthia deftly and gracefully presents an evolved view of the being and theology of Fr. Thomas through a review of eight poems from the book, The Secret Embrace, available to buy here.
Recording: A Contemplative Christianity for Today
The John Main Seminar, August 2019
with Sarah Bachelard
Sarah Bachelard, internationally respected theologian, retreat leader, priest and founder of the Benedictus Contemplative Church in Canberra, Australia, gave five talks at this August's JMS in Vancouver this August. Contemplative experience increasingly looks like our best hope for the world. But what does this mean for Christianity itself? In an age where many say ‘just meditate', who needs religion? Hear her thoughts here.
A series of three on line talks
The wisdom of Julian of Norwich
in times of self-isolation
with Stefan Reynolds - listen any time!
The lives and teachings of the mystics transmit the timeless wisdom we all may have lost and need to recover. In this new series we are introduced to wisdom from the mystical tradition relevant for our time. They reflect on what it could offer us spiritually to be isolated and slowed down by uncertainty and anxiety.
A NEW website from WCCM:
A Contemplative Path Through the Crisis
This new website is WCCM's response to Covid-19 or Corona virus. It seeks to meet people's needs in a variety of different ways. It looks at each of the following: Meditation; Spirituality; Health; Education; Business; Science; Environment.
For many who have a meditation practice of prayer, this crisis is a call to deepen it.
For those who never had time to develop a path before, it is an opportunity to start.
Listen: WCCM Sound Cloud
The World Community for Christian Meditation's audio channel, with interviews, lectures and talks. It holds over 1,000 tracks, including the John Main Memorial Lectures from recent years, teaching from WCCM's Director, Laurence Freeman, and other well-known meditation teachers.
Five free to access webinars
A series of conversations between Allan Wallace, Eva Natanya and Lawrence Freeman - three spiritual friends and teachers from different traditions, with long-term meditation practices and a shared love for unity found amongst all sources of wisdom.
Originally planned to take place at Bonnevaux, WCCM's retreat house in France, but eventually taking place on line due to Covid-19, they are now freely available to all.
with Cassidy Hall
In February 2021, film director and co-host of the Encountering Silence podcasts, Cassidy Hall, began a new podcast series that brings you conversations with contemporary scholars, mystics and activists as they explore the undeniable intersection between contemplative spirituality and social justice.
Over 100 podcast interviews explore the wonder of silence from spiritual, mystical, religious and philosophical perspectives, as well as reflecting on the psychology of silence, silence and the arts, silence and education, and far more!
The list of interviewees contains many names that are familiar to people with a
discipline of silence, including Martin Laird, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault,
Mirabai Starr, James Finley, as well as well-respected meditators from other traditions involved in interfaith dialogue about silence.
WCCM's weekly podcast offers a wide range of talks, interviews and dialogues between different people from the contemplative community. Often over an hour in length, these range from lectured by renowned psychiatrist, Iain McGilchrist, discussing his very significant book for those who meditate, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, to talks on contemplative life by WCCM's Director, Laurence Freeman.
In Search of Wisdom
with J.W. Berlotti
In Search of Wisdom explores how to integrate timeless wisdom into everyday life. We engage in meaningful conversations with leading thinkers in philosophy, leadership, theology, and everything in between. We leave no stone unturned In Search of Wisdom. Learn more at perennialleader.com
Learning How To See
with Brian McLaren & Richard Rohr
How do we transform and transcend our biases? From judgments made unconsciously to complacency in systemic evil, contemplatives must learn how to 'see slant' if we are to transform. Brian McLaren and Richard Rohr join Jacqui Lewis of New York’s Middle Church for this special six-episode podcast series.
Opening Minds, Opening Hearts
with Colleen Thomas and Mark Dannefelser
'Opening Minds, Opening Hearts' is a podcast for both the curious meditator and longtime practitioner of Centering Prayer. Its hosts reflect on Centering Prayer with friends of Contemplative Outreach who share their personal experience of encountering God through the prayer, and through their work in the world. The podcast offers new perspectives on the future of contemplative prayer in the rapidly changing spiritual and technological landscape.
Turning to the Mystics
A weekly podcast for those searching for something more meaningfully, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finlay, clinical psychologist and part of faculty at the Centre for Action and Contemplation's Living School, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like
Teresa of Avila and Thomas Merton and many more.
You can search the entire website here.