About the Event
On this day, San Damiano & Hesed Community offer a space of silence, stillness and stability – core values of Contemplative life includes a wide variety of spiritual practices and everyone’s spiritual path is unique and God is present at all times, in every walk. Hesed Community’s mission, as a spiritual community of lay persons, include women and men of all faiths who are intentionally seeking to maintain a deep understanding of God’s created world in all it’s glory. Hesed was founded by Sister Barbara Hazzard 40 years ago and is rooted in Christian tradition. This day of Introduction to Christian Meditation will both introduce participants to hear of living a contemplative life as well as hear from Benedictine monk, Fr. Stephen Coffey, who is the Oblate Director at the Monastery of the Risen Christ in San Luis Obispo. Time will be allotted for input, reflection, discussion and group meditation.
About the Presenter(s)Donna Lack
Donna is a Benedictine Oblate of Hesed Community. She leads daily and weekly meditation groups for Hesed Community and is the current Director. She has a B.A. in Human Services from Holy Names University and is a graduate and trained mentor of Education for Ministry (EfM) from The Beecken Center of The School of Theology, The University of the South.
Hesed Community is an urban meditation community in the east bay, founded in 1981 by Sister Barbara Hazzard. Its mission is to share the Benedictine values of prayer, hospitality and contemplative living. Its primary activities are the practice and teaching of Christian meditation in the tradition of John Main. Each week, Hesed hosts ten meditation times. All are welcome to share time in stillness, silence and stability.
Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam, is an ordained monk of the Camaldolese community of California. He is engaged in extensive retreat ministry as well as spiritual direction for priests, religious, and laity. He serves as oblate chaplain for New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur, and Monastery of the Risen Christ, San Luis Obispo.