Marquette Contemplative Community

Welcome to the Web home of the Marquette Contemplative Community. We are here to support the contemplative interests of the university community. There is growing interest in contemplative practice and study at Marquette, and the Milwaukee Contemplative Community has organized to make opportunities more available to faculty, students, administrators and staff.

The MCC was awarded the 2013–14 Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Grant to further these interests. With this support, we are initiating weekly contemplative sessions for the Marquette community and are planning a speaker series to support the practice.

Mission Statement

The Marquette Contemplative Community [MCC] was established to support interest in contemplative practices at Marquette University. The mission of the Marquette Contemplative Community is to offer educational programming and contemplative practice as a community of people who value the possibilities contemplation holds for meaningful life and service, both at Marquette and in our wider society. Our vision is nonsectarian, and has emphasis on mindfulness meditation, loving kindness and compassion meditation, and Christian contemplative prayer.



Second Annual Kirtan
TBA- November 2014

Ancient Participatory Music Experience. In fall 2013, more than 60 people attended the first annual Kirtan at Calvary Presbyterian Church. Kirtan is an ancient participatory music experience that quiets the mind, relaxes the body, opens the heart, and can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet, to stillness. It is one of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world. The Kirtan call-and-response chanting genre comes to us from India. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the Kirtan calls upon contemplation to remove obstacles and bring us back to the center of our being. No experience necessary. Details to come.

Weekly Meditation

Every Tuesday: Weekly Open Meditation Hour (Joan of Arc Chapel, 4:30 - 5:30 pm) Open to the entire Marquette community, including students, faculty and staff. All are welcome and invited to drop in or stay for the hour. (Meditation instruction available. If interested please contact us or arrive at the beginning of the hour.)

Format: The Meditation Hour is contemplative time in the beautiful setting of Joan of Arc Chapel.  A bell tones at 4:30 pm  to mark the beginning of the hour and then rings again at 5:30 pm to end the session.  People are free to come late or leave early.  Mindfulness meditation instruction is available if wanted at the beginning of the hour.  People practice contemplation in their individual ways either through Meditation, prayer, just sitting quietly, contemplating, or resting the mind.  Many sit in chairs, others sit on meditation cushions.  

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