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Laurence Freeman to Speak at Fourth Gerald G. May Seminar

3/25/2009 - 12:59 PM PST

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BETHESDA, MD (MARCH 25, 2009) -- The Shalem Institute will feature Laurence Freeman, in a lecture and workshop seminar entitled, "Ways of Faith." The lecture will be held on Friday, May 15, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and the workshop will take place Saturday, May 16, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both events will be held at North Bethesda United Methodist Church, 10100 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD. The cost for the lecture is $25; the workshop is $75.

This fourth annual seminar is offered in memory of the life and legacy of Gerald G. (Jerry) May, Shalem's beloved Senior Fellow for Contemplative Theology and Psychology, who died in April 2005. This annual event will strengthen the great themes of contemplative understanding and practice that Jerry so valued.

In his seminar, Freeman will explore how the different ways of faith collaborate for the greater common good of humanity and how to educate the coming generations to understand faith as essential to any fully human way of life.

Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. Born in England, he was educated by the Benedictines and studied English Literature at Oxford University. In the monastery his spiritual teacher was John Main, with whom he helped establish the first Christian Meditation Centre. After John Main's death in 1982, Fr. Freeman continued to teach meditation and in 1991 established the International Centre of the newly formed World Community for Christian Meditation that is now present in about one hundred countries. He is the author of many books and articles--including "Light Within," "Selfless Self," "Common Ground," "Your Daily Practice," "Jesus: The Teacher Within"--and also the editor of John Main's works. He has conducted dialogues and peace initiatives, such as the historic Way of Peace with the Dalai Lama, and is active in inter-religious dialogue with other faiths as well as in encouraging the teaching of Christian meditation to children and in the re-appropriation of the contemplative wisdom tradition in the world today.

For more information and to register for this event, contact the Shalem Institute at (301) 897-7334 or visit


The Shalem Institute provides in-depth support for contemplative living and leadership--a way of being in the world that is prayerfully attentive
and responsive to God's presence and guidance.

For over 30 years, Shalem has offered a wide variety of programs and resources for spiritual directors, clergy, lay leaders and individuals who want to open themselves more fully to God in their daily lives and work.


Shalem Institute  MD, 20814 US
Tara Leporini - Communications & Development Associate, 301 897-7334


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