Who we are
Contemplatio is a group of people from different Christian churches and denominations (as well as those who may not be a member of any church but value silence) who meet weekly for a contemplative prayer gathering. The gathering usually includes a bible reading, a reflection on the reading, 15 minutes of silent meditation, prayers and music. Holy Communion (Eucharist) is celebrated every third week. Music is provided using the skills of people who show up and may include Taize style chants, hymns, songs or 'performed' instrumental music.
Those who come along are typically members of their own churches and who feel the need for more silence in community. However, it is not necessary to be a member of a church to participate. We warmly welcome spiritual seekers and/or people who just feel the need for some more quiet in their week.
Why 'Christian' meditation?
We identify as Christian because we are attracted by the person of Jesus and his teaching. Our theology is orthodox/trinitarian, particularly drawing out the implications of ancient and contemporary traditions of Christian nonviolence. We are interested in fostering and enabling the spirituality and practice of peace and nonviolence towards each other and the earth, through the everyday life of our churches, communities, homes and workplaces. We see the practice of contemplative prayer (meditation) to be a foundational 'inner work' practice of peace.
We started in November 2019, and do not have any formal governance structure or finances. We invite people to make a donation if it is within their means, which is used to cover minor overheads. We usually share a cuppa (or wine) after the service on a 'bring and share' basis.
Want to know more?
If you'd like to know more, contact the group convener, Michael Wood (click on the 'contact us' tab at the tope of the page). Michael is an Anglican Priest with a long standing interest in the connections between theology, contemplative prayer and the practice of peace in daily life. Michael works part time as a Chaplain at the University of Western Australia and is self employed as a leadership coach and facilitator.