A joint initiative between Faith Lutheran Church and Julian of Norwich Anglican Church in west-end Ottawa, we pray in the contemplative tradition of Christian Meditation first taught by John Main and current director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, Laurence Freeman. If you would like to join this online group please contact Pastor Martin Malina (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like more information about how to pray in this tradition, please visit www.wccm.org and www.wccm-canada.ca.
In a season of loss and rapid change in our lives, personally and in the church, we gather in person at Faith on Wednesdays from 2-3pm for five sessions, beginning on February 21. Through guided conversations and prayers, we will spend at least two sessions reflecting on personal loss, and at least two sessions on what we see and experience as loss in the church. For both personal and church life, we will aim to lean into signs and expressions of hope. All are welcome, with a special invitation to the Ottawa Lutheran Community. The sessions are facilitated by Pastor Martin. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Following the Christian Meditation tradition of contemplative prayer, we gather to sit in silence and stillness for twenty minutes, focusing on a prayer word and repeating it interiorly and faithfully, as we enter the prayer of Jesus Christ. We normally also listen to a recording by teachers in this tradition (eg. John Main, Laurence Freeman), and reflect together briefly on this practice of prayer and our understanding of it. This time together provides an oasis of calm and concentration in a busy life of distraction and rapid mobility.
Until the weather becomes prohibitive later in November, we will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 5pm onsite at Faith Lutheran Church (43 Meadowlands Dr West, Ottawa). Please watch for updates on this calendar for when we switch back to online gathering for the winter season.
For onsite gatherings, please wear a mask while we are in the building together. If you would like to join the weekly group, or would like more information, please contact Pastor Martin Malina (firstname.lastname@example.org).