One Wednesday

Contemplation / Meditation in the midst of Community

Report on inaugural ONE Wednesday: April 1, 2015

In this location, silent ONE Wednesday contemplation/meditation was followed by a contemplative song/chant program called taize

People gathered to participate in locations in 7 states (VA, NM, MD, FL, VT, TX, CO) & DC, and these locations represented various faith traditions: Three different Christian denominations; an inter-faith community; an ecumenical, non-denominational Christian community; and two ashrams. Attached is a photo from one location, at which the silent ONE Wednesday contemplation/meditation was followed by a contemplative song/chant program called taize (therefore, the piano and violin). Other locations adapted also, allowing Grace to enter and the Spirit to move. For example, at one location, a labyrinth was laid out to allow those inclined to engage in a many centuries-old walking meditation.

As for impact, it is not possible to know, of course. It is possible to hope, however, that some of those who gathered at this time, individually or collectively, may have experienced a moment of greater consciousness; that is, a moment in which we go beyond -- in which we transcend -- our tribal consciousness and our self-consciousness to a new “one” or unitive consciousness, an awareness of a new type of trans-consciousness or uni-consciousness. Pope Francis recently visited the blue mosque in Istanbul with the Iman of Turkey where they both silently joined one another in such a moment of letting go; and, before that, Pope Francis had prayed in silence in Jerusalem with the leading Iman and Rabbi of Argentina. So, who knows what we may be participating in and facilitating? Maybe much more than we can even appreciate or ever know; yet we as individuals, and collectively, move forward when we are quantumly entangled. (See this report from The Washington Post on an accord with Iran on nuclear arms, reached very late on April 1. Yes, this is mostly pure co-incidence, but can we know for sure that it is wholly unrelated?)