At the Retreat Center, we often hear from retreatants as their time at Mepkin draws to a close that they wish they had someone at home or in their church with whom they could continue their exploration of the contemplative path.
The ZCC program is a response to that need and is a structured contemplative small group experience. ZCC gatherings enable group members to stay engaged with others as, together, you seek to deepen the contemplative dimension of life . The goal of ZCC is to provide both community and learning content to foster and focus your contemplative practice.
The name – Zip Code Contemplation- derives from the original concept with envisioned groups organized by geography – hence, Zip Code. Very quickly we realized that web technologies (like Skype, Facetime, and Zoom) would enable us to offer small groups to a greater number of people.
The ZCC groups are comprised typically of 5-12 people and are led by a trained convener. The small groups may meet in person or online. The online groups make it possible for people to connect even at great distance and from locales where there may not be others interested in developing the contemplative dimension of life.
The study-reflection material may vary from audio recordings to books or other media. Materials are carefully chosen with an eye towards continuing to strengthen one’s contemplative practice.
At present, in our inaugural year, we have 36 groups with participants drawn from North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, DC, Maine, Kentucky, Florida, and Maryland.
This is your invitation to stay connected with Mepkin Abbey through the ZCC groups. Interested? If so, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact card in your key packet.
Blessings and Peace to you in 2020!
Please note: The ZCC webpages are under construction- please bear with us while we continue to gather resources for this page.
Can you make a donation to Mepkin?
Because we closed our front gate and stopped all visitors to the monastery, no one at Mepkin has caught the virus. However, also because of this shutdown, which was necessary to keep us safe, we lost all of our income producing activities, including our mushroom production, the Retreat Center, and the Abbey Store. We have no idea when we will be able to resume these activities.
If you, too, are suffering economic hardships, please know that you are in our prayers. If you are in a safe financial position, perhaps you would consider making a donation to Mepkin to help us sustain our life of prayer, so we can be ready to welcome visitors, guests and retreatants back into our midst when all is safe.
Oyster mushrooms have long been cultivated in Asia for their medical benefits as well as excellent taste, and are a rich source of B-Vitamins. Dried mushrooms have a concentrated and powerful flavor, so you need less of them per recipe.
Our dried and powdered mushrooms are available for sale in the Abbey Store and online.