I hope that the way we mostly relate to each other on this site, the way that there is mostly more light than heat, the way that we try to respect each other when things are contentious is founded on the contemplative being more important than the controversial.
I am, hence, delighted to promote a new resource prepared mostly by Rev. Yvonne Smith: The Christian Contemplation Curriculum website. It can also be reached through the URL www.ccc.net.nz
This wonderful resource is the result of collaboration of the Presbyterian and Anglican Schools’ offices here. Its usefulness extends well beyond schools and well beyond these islands.
Religion and Christianity have (often rightly) received negative impressions amongst the general population. Spirituality was once viewed positively, but it also is getting negative views. Mindfulness is currently increasing in popularity – all around the world. It tends to draw on Buddhist traditions, whereas Christian/Western traditions, understanding, and practices are relatively unknown – again this is mostly the fault of Christians.
The Christian Contemplation Curriculum website provides a wealth of ideas and practices:
- An overview of the history and range of contemplative practices across Christian traditions,
- A theology underlying contemplative practice,
- An exploration of the similarities and differences between secular mindfulness practice and Christian contemplative practices,
- Some examples of current Christian contemplative practice in schools and ways of building these practices into the daily rhythms of the classroom and/or school,
- Resources for a thematic approach across educational levels.
- Topic themed units
- Chapel resources
This website is mentioned in the resources
2. Bosco Peters
Bosco Peters, Anglican Priest and School Chaplain. Bosco’s site is rich in resources, commentary and understanding of contemplative practices.