A new understanding of peace awakened in meditation

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Chiswick Churches for Justice & Peace

A century after World War I

A new understanding of peace awakened in meditation

Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, Spiritual guide and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation will be presenting a talk and meditation open to all at St Alban’s Church, South Parade, Acton Green Common W4 5LG on Monday, 27th October 2014 at 7:30 pm.

Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits will be served from 6:45 to 7:15 pm

The evening will close at 9:00 pm

Fr Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk who travels widely as an international speaker and retreat leader. He has conducted dialogues and peace initiatives such as the historic “Way of Peace” with the Dalai Lama and is active in inter-religious dialogue with leaders of other faiths. He encourages Christian Meditation to children and students and the recovery of the contemplative wisdom in the Church and society at large.

CCJP, Oct 2014

World War I

37 million casualties, 17 million deaths, 10 million military deaths.

“The war to end all wars.”

Father Laurence Freeman

Father Laurence Freeman

“Practice will show how meditation, within any tradition, becomes a bridge of peace and unity…”

Laurence Freeman OSB [Order of St Benedict], successor to John Main OSB, has been directing The World Community for Christian Meditation since 1992.

“John Main effectively put the desert tradition of prayer to work in our own day. The roots of his distinctive spirituality lie deep in the fourth and fifth centuries, especially in the works of … John Cassian. The World Community for Christian Meditation which continues his mission is for me, as many throughout the world, a taste of what a committedly contemplative church might look and feel like.

- The Rt Reverend Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

The World Centre for Christian Meditation is a contemporary contemplative community. Fr Laurence is Director of Meditatio, its outreach to the wider world and secular institutions.

Chiswick Churches for Justice & Peace is an ecumenical association of parishes in Chiswick joined in the belief that you must love your neighbour as yourself. Our aim has been to stimulate local awareness and action on issues of justice and peace, both at home and abroad.

Getting to St Alban’s, Acton Green Common: Turnham Green and Chiswick Park tube stations and South Acton Overground railway station are all a few minutes’ walk away. It is next to the 94 bus terminus and a 440 bus stop. H91, 391, 237, 27, 272, E3 and 267 buses stop on Chiswick High Road (7-8 mins walk). There is limited parking nearby.

St Alban’s Church

Work is being done to restore the building. It currently lacks heating; although we hope to have some heating in place, please bring warm clothing if it is cold.

Thanks to Rev Richard Moy and Rev Mike Tufnell of Christ Church, Turnham Green, for allowing CCJP to use St Alban’s for this event.

The event is free. A donation is requested towards its cost and towards the work of The World Community for Christian Meditation.