Welcome to Contemplative Christianity Willunga


Willunga means "place of trees' in the language of the Kaurna nation. Their spirituality and care for the land is over 40,000 years old and Contemplative Christianity Willunga acknowledges the Kaurna nation as the custodians of this place.


Before the dawn of time the Spirit of God breathed life into the universe and it is this spirit which has called and formed Contemplative Christianity Willunga.


This century is witnessing an outpouring of interest in the contemplative dimension of Christian Spirituality. For the majority of our 2,000 year Christian history contemplative spirituality has, by and large, been reserved for those in monasteries and religious life. It is exciting, and clearly the work of the Holy Spirit, that today we know of huge numbers of lay people who practice contemplative prayer. Since late last century contemplative Christian spirituality movements have emerged and have become established worldwide.


The World Community for Christian Meditation has over 100,000 daily meditators. Another organisation, Contemplative Outreach, also has more than 100,000 people who practice Centering Prayer on a daily basis. Members of both of these organisations can be found in nearly every country in the world.


In the past decade we have seen a resurgence in the practice of the beautiful ancient contemplative practice of Lectio Divina (Lectio Divina is Latin for divine reading). Many lay people are developing a deep relationship with God through praying the scriptures using the practice of Lectio Divina.


One of the most exciting developments of this rise in interest in contemplative Christian spirituality is that people from all denominations are being drawn to this way of prayer. Part of the renaissance of contemplative Christian spirituality has been the growing interest in the Christian mystics. The writings of the great Christian mystics such as Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, John of the Cross, Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa of Avila are being read in huge numbers, by lay people who are seeking to learn from the way of these mystics, who were so madly in love with God.


Contemplative Christianity Willunga is part of this world wide Spirit led movement and offers at a local level some ways in which people can come to know contemplative spiritual practice and to meet the Christian mystics.


As the Psalmist prays, "Be still and know I am God". (Psalm 46:10) – this is the invitation that God speaks to you, to come to the stillness and the quiet and to simply come into the loving gaze of the One who loves us. This way of love transforms the world.


If you would like to know more please look at the links on the sidebar to your left or contact us via email ccwillunga@gmail.com