Saturday, November 5, 2011

Christian Meditation Leader Says Practice Is Spreading Across Protestant, Secular World

There was a time, the Rev. Laurence Freeman says, when meditation was taboo in much of Christianity.

“Protestants thought it was too Catholic, and Catholics thought it was too Protestant in that it was relying heavily on personal experience,” said Freeman, a Catholic monk who heads the World Center for Christian Meditation.

But that’s changed a lot in the past few years. His organization now has more than 2,000 groups around the world, including its U.S. headquarters in Neptune Beach and another 10 groups up and down the First Coast.

Freeman was in Jacksonville this week meeting with Christian meditation leaders from Canada to Mexico. The British priest sat down with the Times-Union to discuss the ancient Christian practice he said is sweeping across denominations and is even taking root in the secular world, Freeman said. (MORE)


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