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.
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, lovingkindness and compassion meditation, and Christian contemplative prayer.
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.
The Marquette Contemplative Community (MCC) announces its 2013-2014 Contemplative Lecture Series, sponsored by the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund. All three events are free and open to the entire Milwaukee and Marquette Community of faculty, staff, and students. This fall explore contemplative through sight and sound:
What do you see? Practices in Beholding Mindfulness A presentation by Adriana Kowal, Lecturer - Philosophy Department, Tuesday, 11/5: 4:30 – 6 pm
Haggerty Museum of Art
What do you see? We tend to pass over things quickly, ignoring the layers and depths of what the world has to offer to us. We look at the objective formations (shapes, colors, objects, subject matter, etc.) and often move on without ever pausing to let the deeper layers reveal themselves to us. Mindful beholding, developed by Joanna Ziegler, professor of Visual Arts and Art History at Holy Cross, is the practice of allowing the world to appear to us and to allow ourselves to experience embodied connectedness. Allowing ourselves to have the freedom and space to explore our own thoughts, feelings, experiences without judgment is the act of mindful beholding. Philosophy Lecturer Adriana Kowal will invite participants to look at one abstract painting, just one, and to sit in front of it and respond to the question: What do you see? By focusing attention again and again, participants will notice changes in the painting. As they notice these changes in the painting, they will learn to recognize changes in themselves.
Ancient Participatory Music Experience with Kaita Bliffert
Wednesday, 11/13: 4:30 – 6 pm
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. Local musician Kaita Bliffert recently released her debut album “Let Go” and will lead the participatory music experience along with two other Kirtan artists. No experience necessary.
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