CHARTER FOR COMPASSION This worldwide movement was inspired by the ‘Charter for Compassion’, created by Karen Armstrong and the Council of Conscience in 2009, and inherits a confluence of contributions made by TED.com, the Compassionate Action Network, the Fetzer Institute, and many others. Charter for Compassion International provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. Their mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the ‘Charter for Compassion’ through concrete, practical action in a myriad of sectors. CCHJM is now a member.
CHRISTIAN LOVING-KINDNESS MEDITATION including link to online video Meditation led by Sylvia Boorstein in front of a crowd of 300.
MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION: Dr. Christopher Germer PhD
‘Self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing – being aware in the present moment when we’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion). Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions – fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt – and ourselves, in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.’
Here is a selection of a few of the websites that people have found helpful as they seek to develop their relationship with God. Some concern specific spirituality’s, others are more general. If you would like to commend a website you might like to see here, please email a link to: email@example.com
THE LAY COMMUNITY OF ST. BENEDICT is dedicated to the Gospel and the spirituality of Saint Benedict. Members are married and single, men and women, young and old. We include lay people and those called to religious ministry from all parts of Great Britain and abroad. While their roots lie in the Catholic Church, members from other Christian traditions have always played a full part in the life of the community which seeks to create a ‘holy space’ where members can learn from one another and grow together in love and service of our creator.
TERESA OF AVILA, JOHN OF THE CROSS and the Carmelites seek to be contemplatives, friends with God, who form praying communities at the service of all God’s people.
THE FRANCISCAN THIRD ORDER (European Province – Anglican): the Third Order, founded by St. Francis of Assisi, exists for those who feel called to live out the charism of St. Francis in today’s world. It is open to men and women, ordained or lay, married or single. While committed to family responsibilities and engaged in the ordinary tasks of life, the Third Order offers a life of challenge and support for those who are called to a deeper commitment to Christ, their Lord and Master, to a life under vow. There are currently nearly 2,000 members of the Third Order (called Tertiaries) in the European Province throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Sweden. There are Tertiaries also in other Provinces across the world.
MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE (London) offers opportunities to explore and deepen peoples relationship with God in the context of today’s world. They offer a varied programme of one day workshops, short and long courses and day or half day retreats; something for everyone, and their commitment to a faith that does justice finds expression both through their volunteering programme.
This website introduces people to Quakers, their unusually open-minded and personal spiritual path and the action for change in the world that has resulted from it.
Abbey of the Hearts An online ‘abbey’ with resources primarily in the Benedictine and Celtic traditions, but also using creativity. This site also runs online retreats.
Art and Spirituality
Website for the Art and Spirituality Network.
Website of the Bio-Spiritual Institute (body-based spiritual resources and practices)
Centre for Contemporary Spirituality (Salisbury, UK) offers academic, vocational, personal and devotional opportunities to explore spirituality widely, with courses for continuing ministerial development, and intellectual and professional growth and renewal.
Cockfosters Centre for Spirituality (North London) was founded in the Benedictine traditions of hospitality, mutual respect and a search for God, and we now embrace all aspects of Christian spirituality.
Guidance on, and details of, workshops and introductions to Centering Prayer.
Contemplative School of the Heart (London) seeks to help people explore, and participate in, the modern recovery of the ancient and essential Christian contemplative, mystical or wisdom tradition in our time. The unique character of this school lies in the way, within the renewal of contemplative Christianity alive in our time, it embraces, at depth, the living teaching, and golden thread, of the Christian mystical tradition from the Spanish Renaissance.
Creative Arts Retreat Movement CARM retreats are designed to combine experience of a creative art with opportunities to deepen your spiritual life.
Finding Sanctuary From Worth Abbey, home of ‘The Monastery’. Monastic steps for everyday life.
Guild of Pastoral Psychology provides a forum for those interested in understanding the relationship between religion, spirituality and depth psychology.
Julian Meetings. Guidance in contemplative prayer and details of local Julian prayer groups.
Living Spirituality Connections (LSC) is a hub for creative ways of exploring spirituality. It is at the interface between traditional Christian faith and practice and newly emerging expressions of spirituality. The purpose of Living Spirituality Connections is to encourage the mutual support of people exploring their own spiritual journeying amid new forms of spirituality. LSC acts as a resource for people to find material, groups and people to help deepen and anchor their spiritual explorations.
London Centre for Spiritual Direction (LCSD) offers resources and support for those interested in Christian Spiritual Direction. Drawing upon ancient Christian wisdom and contemporary psychological insight, the Centre offers training and development opportunities, CPD workshops and supervision groups. It also offers a six month experiential course in Exploring Christian Spirituality. The website also offers a Directory to help those looking for a Spiritual Director.
Oasis Days are quiet days with a speaker (tea, coffee and lunch provided) usually on second Tuesday of the month, and currently hosted by St Andrew’s, Holborn.
Pathways to God The website also has a huge number of online resources about spirituality, faith and scripture.
Pray as You Go provides daily led scriptural meditations which can be downloaded to an MP3 player or accessed online. It also includes guidance on making a review of the day.
Sacred Space offers daily online prayer guidance using a scriptural text.
Silence in the City runs a programme of talks by noted speakers on contemplative prayer and living. Events take place at Westminster Cathedral.
The Way is a journal of Christian spirituality in the Ignatian tradition and beyond.
This Body is a website focusing on giving attention to the sensations of this body in order to connect into a process of ever-deepening immersion into the reality of God at the centre and at the centre of life. It offers resources on body spirituality.
World Community of Christian Meditation teaches the Christian tradition of meditation. It invites people to explore the rich context of a simple practical wisdom that brings the truths of faith alive in their own experience. The community is a global and inclusive contemplative family. Its roots lie in the desert tradition of early Christianity dating back to the 4th century. In 1975 John Main, an Irish Benedictine monk (1926-1982), started the first Christian Meditation Centre in London. The first of the family of weekly meditation groups around the world began to meet then.