Come and explore the life-giving power of contemplative spiritual practices within a supportive community.
Informational Session
As a result of the COVID-19, the Western Carolina District Office for the United Methodist Church has recommended calling off all services and church-related activities for the next 2 weeks. We are therefore, postponing the information session until a later date. As soon as that date is confirmed, we will post it here. Please check back.
Sunday, March 22, 2020 ~ 2:00 p.m.
Davidson United Methodist Church Chapel
304 South Main Street , Davidson NC 28036
Registration, by contacting Lisa Marion
at 828-234-8122, is appreciated but not
required. Walk-ins are welcome.


Our Guidelines
Anyone can become a member of the Wesleyan Contemplative Order simply by joining a WCO Band. The only requirements to participate in a Band are: 1) belief in a loving God, 2) intention to open space for God through contemplative practices with others, and 3) desire to participate wholeheartedly.Participants are led through discernment with other members to determine which Band is right for them. Each Band evolves organically by responding to the guidance of the Spirit to most effectively meet the needs of its members. Bands meet at least once every eight weeks, in person or by conference call. Members commit to adopting a self-chosen set of personal contemplative practices,
traditionally known as a Rule of Life, to enliven their spiritual journey. Faithful participation in a WCO Band is one way to bring contemplation, accountability, and joy into our lives. “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?” – JOHN WESLEY

Why Wesleyan Contemplative Order?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Wonderful to see all of you who could make it to our WCO fall retreat.  Ann Starrette reminded me after we met that for our new folks no one really spoke to the meaning of the name — Wesleyan Contemplative Order. The name is important, particularly in a paradoxical way — it connects us to a Christian heritage that frees us from the problems of many religious heritages, such as theological correctness, denominational orientation, liturgical preferences, etc. John Wesley was an Anglican all his life.  Like Jesus he had no desire to...

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WCO July, 2015 Newsletter

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The W.C.O. Newsletter _________July 2015 Issue________ The Wesleyan Contemplative Order is a community of individuals and small bands committed to opening space for God’s grace to nurture the process of inner transformation, through contemplative practices as exemplified in Wesley’s means of grace. To Contact the WCO for more information, email the founder, Don Carroll, at or the editor of the newsletter, Pat Adams, at In This Issue Dual/Non-dual Thinking p. 1-2 This is my prayer p....

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The WCO Quarterly Newsletter – October, 2014 Edition

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Blog, WCO Newsletters | 0 comments

The WCO Quarterly Newsletter  October, 2014 Edition, is now available to view. Click the button below to read/download the PDF file: The WCO Quarterly Newsletter – October 2014

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Spiritual Directors International

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

In addition to traveling the contemplative spiritual journey with a small band of fellow seekers, another aid in the contemplative journey is a spiritual director or soul friend. If you would like more information about spiritual direction please go to Spiritual Directors International.

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Order the new book Thirty Days of Meditations by the Wesleyan Contemplative Order

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Order the new book – Thirty Days of Meditations by the Wesleyan Contemplative Order directly on...

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Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Blog | 1 comment

This quote from Father Richard Rohr is worth discussion – “Could meditation/contemplation be the very thing that has the power to both democratize, reform, and mature Christianity? It alone does not demand major education, does not need a hierarchy of decision makers, does not need to argue about gender issues in leadership or liturgy, does not need preachers and bishops, and does not need membership requirements that include and exclude. Contemplation’s non-verbal character makes all our arguments about “the right words” and...

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