Hesed Community is a Christian meditation community that was founded in 1981 in Oakland, California by Sister Barbara Hazzard, who remained its director for over 30 years.   Our community life is based upon Benedictine spirituality; our mission is the teaching and practice of Christian Meditation as taught by John Main, OSB.  Sr. Barbara’s vision for the community to live among and participate in the urban setting has now expanded to include digital outreach, strong working affiliations with other spiritual communities, and focus and introduction to contemplative living to young adults.