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This site which is a joint project of the Anglican and Presbyterian Schools’ Offices enables schools throughout the country to engage students in the history, tradition and practice of contemplation. Better known, perhaps, as meditation, contemplation as a term covers a wider range of practices which are together known as contemplative spirituality. As such they give and have given all who would practice them not only an ability to access the scriptures in a very holistic manner but also a way into a more peaceful and focused state of mind. In this latter instance schools and educational authorities in general have shown interest in the techniques as an aid to learning, the development of life skills and a means of accessing the spiritual side of human nature.

The site utilises the latest research on mindfulness which is really a modern equivalent of meditation but it does so by putting mindfulness through a Christian filter and taking from it only what is reflective of the biblical tradition and has been shown to be useful scientifically.

Finally, it is comprehensive. It covers five different streams of contemplative activity. It provides resources for students and teachers in each and is very accessible. It will prove to be an extremely valuable resource throughout the land and particularly in the hands of Chaplains and Christian teachers even though its usefulness clearly extends well beyond the bounds of any specific faith tradition.

Rt Rev Richard Dawson.
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Syllabus for teaching Christian Contemplation in Anglican and Presbyterian Church Schools is an exciting initiative.  Its breadth and depth will allow school communities to explore the wealth of the   Christian Contemplation tradition, and promises an enrichment of faith for all within the schools. Contemplative prayer is the only antidote we have to a culture filled with distractions and distortions.  In stillness and silence we allow ourselves to be grounded in the sacredness of the present moment. We come to understand the difference between doing and being. We begin to understand the Psalmist’s call to, “be still and know that I am God.” The forms by which we approach contemplation are life forming and life changing. Anyone who learns to meditate, or practise other forms of contemplative practice,  is someone who will truly make a difference in the world.

     Vincent Maire, 

National Co-ordinator of the New Zealand Community for Christian Meditation