ST BEDE’S PASTORAL CENTRE Dear All ST BEDE’S AT A GLANCE IN SUMMER 2014 Sugg est ed Very happy Easter to you all and I hope it is a time of rest and a continuation of this lovely weather we have had recently. As you may know we have a small and very informal spiritual library downstairs at St Bede’s. This is entirely made from your very generous gifts of books and recently we have had many more donations. Please do go and investigate this on your next visit and feel free to borrow as many books as you like. Diane or Carol will explain the very simple system - but if you are coming specially to use the library it is always worth ringing to check the room is free as groups often use it. One of the joys here is that those who initially come to attend sessions here at St Bede’s often end up offering days or courses for others, and this is certainly the case during the coming term. Others often recommend speakers they have heard elsewhere, which is always very helpful, as word of mouth is the best advertisement. If you know of anyone or could offer something yourself please let us know. Meanwhile, much to our delight, Martin Laird is coming to speak on Friday 20th June. As you know he wrote the excellent book: ‘Into the Silent Land’ and I am sure the day will be a valuable one. This is very advanced warning but fairly early in the Autumn term Dr Paula Gooder will be coming. As many of you know she is very well known as an excellent writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies and we are very lucky to have been able to invite her here on October 11th 2014. We are also hoping to offer our two year training in Spiritual Accompaniment during the end of 2014 through to 2016. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be, please go to our website [www.stbedes.org.uk] and look for the details under ‘Events and Courses’ YISAC: York Ignatian Spiritual Accompaniment Course. If you prefer we have details to pick up from the office at St Bede’s. With best wishes from all here at St Bede’s, Cecilia CJ St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, 21 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ. Tel: 01904 464900, Email: [email protected] Website: www.stbedes.org.uk Event and Speaker Big story, little story and Blowing in the wind with Revd Sally Nelson Date Time Do n a t i o n £7 Thursday 1 & 22 May 1-3 Being a Jew for a Year with Rachel Montagu and Sr Patricia Tuesday 6 May 10.304.00 £12 Looking behind the popular images of Francis and Clare with Rowan Williams Monday 12 May 2-4 £7 Spiritual growth and the worshipping community with Revd Diane Westmoreland Tuesday 20 May 10.303.30 £12 Walking with God…… with Thursday 5 June 10.303.30 £12 Duccio’s Maestà - Altarpiece originally in the Duomo, Siena with Sr Colette Wednesday 11 June 10-12 £7 The Carpenter’s Apprentice with David and Dorothy Littlewood Wednesday 18 June per session 10.30-4 £ 1 2 Silent before this Great God with Fr. Martin Laird, O.S.A. Friday 20 June 10.003.30 £12 Gandhi, the Beatitudes and Living in the Real World with Barbara Butler Wednesday 25 June 10.3012.30 £7 All sessions start at the time stated but you are welcome to come earlier for coffee. Refreshments are included in the price. Lunch can be bought in the Bar Convent cafe; alternatively, bring your own to eat at St Bede’s. Length of lunchtimes vary. No one should feel excluded for financial reasons please contact the YISAC BEGINS AGAIN! REGULAR GROUPS AND PRAYER MEETINGS [York Ignatian Spiritual Accompaniment Course] January 2015- November 2016. YORK JUSTICE AND PEACE GROUP: a group interested in a wide variety of justice issues. Usually 7.30pm on the second A two year ecumenical course offering training for Spiritual Accompaniment, based on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. For further details, the course brochure and application form, please go to the St Bede’s website or collect from the Office. Duccio’s Maestà - Altarpiece originally in the Duomo, Siena. Sr Colette FLYNN CJ Wednesday 11 June Duccio shows us his contemplation on Our Lady’s life. She is the centre, but as always points us to her Son. We can use the pictures to aid our prayer. CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: an ancient form of contemplative prayer, seeking God in stillness and silence. Wednesdays 7.30–9pm Contact St Bede’s for more details. CITY PRAYER: a group of enthusiastic people who meet to pray and sing together. Mondays,7.30pm Contact David Copeland 01904 330 608 THE YORK SANGHA takes its spiritual inspiration from the Sister Colette CJ taught History of Art. ‘Being a Jew for a Year’ . Sr Patricia and Rabbi Rachel Montagu Tuesday 6 May Being a Jew is for life, not just for a year – but the year has its rhythm of feasts and fasts, occasions for recalling and re-living the great events that make the Jewish people who they are. Rabbi Rachel will talk about these events, and how they are celebrated each year in Jewish homes and synagogues. There will also be time to reflect on the relationship between the Jewish and the Christian liturgical year, the parallels and the differences. Rabbi Rachel Montagu teaches Biblical Hebrew and Jewish Studies, after Monday each month. Contact Nan Saeki 01904 783621 studies in Cam- bridge, London, Jerusalem and London again. She has worked in interfaith dialogue and as congregational Rabbi in two synagogues, and lives in London with her husband, two sons and 15,000 books. Sister Patricia Harriss CJ is now a member of the Bar Convent community, having studied in London and worked in CJ schools in England, in adult religious education in the Dioceses of Leeds and East Anglia, in Rome, Slovakia and Russia for the Congregation, and most recently in interfaith activities in London. Buddhist teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, following his emphasis on mindfulness. We meet every Monday from 7pm to 9 pm, please contact Lauri 07826198656, e-mail [email protected] St Bede’s Chapel Services during Term Time. Wednesdays 12 noon Mass. Bar Convent Chapel Mass at 12 noon every Friday throughout the year. PLEASE RING TO CONFIRM IF NOT A REGULAR ATTENDER. IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY AT St BEDE’S. Please see our website for more details. We offer various days, workshops and training courses specifically based on Ignatian spirituality for those who are interested in learning more, and also for those who are working as spiritual directors. PERSONAL AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT [PSD] a two year experiential course open to all. This course is now running but we hope we may be able to begin another in September 2016. For more details please phone or email St Bede’s Office TRAINING TO OFFER SPIRITUAL ACCOMPANIMENT We will be offering a two year course for this starting in January 2015. All participants will need to have made the full Spiritual exercises of St Ignatius in some form [19th Annotation or residential 30 days] and have some previous training in prayer such as the PSD course. For more information email Cecilia [[email protected]] INDIVIDUAL EVENTS What helps people to develop towards a mature faith? Thursdays 1 & 22 May What can be done locally to help that happen? With Revd Dr Sally Nelson Can the local minister/priest/lay leader be a spiritual director to 1 May: Big story, little story: making sense of life, the universe, and everything with Mark's gospel. 22 May: Blowing in the wind: the Spirit and the church's a congregation? Are we caring healers; or should we be wise companions? There will be a mixture of input from Diane and small group work. Please come prepared to share your thoughts and ideas. mission. Looking for the breath of God in Acts and other places! Diane is currently working on a book which will make her findings more easily Sally is minister of Wetherby Baptist Church, secretary of the Yorkshire available to lay people and clergy who are interested in how spiritual growth can Baptist Ministers' Fellowship among other roles. She has a research be nurtured in the local congregation. interest in the use of narrative to explore the big questions of life. Diane’s thesis can be accessed at: http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/3276/ Looking behind the popular images of Francis and Clare With Rowan Williams Monday 12 May Examining the truth behind the legends of Francis and Clare of Assisi using images from hagiography, history, literature and film. Rowan Williams is an Anglican priest and chaplain to the University of York. For seven years she was a member of an Anglican Franciscan religious order, and she has worked as a parish priest and hospital chaplain. She has written one book on Franciscan spirituality (A Condition of Complete Simplicity, Canterbury Press 2003) and is currently in the final stages of a doctorate on the theology of St Clare at Cambridge University. Spiritual growth and the worshipping community with Revd Diane Westmoreland Tuesday 20 May The workshop will look at questions like: Do we mature spiritually, and if so, how does it happen? Diane has 20 years experience of parish ministry. She was ordained in 1998 and worked briefly as an NSM before moving into a stipendiary post. A Yorkshirewoman by birth, she has worked in parish churches in the Dioceses of York and Newcastle, and is an experienced quiet day leader. She is interested in spiritual formation and completed a professional doctorate at Durham in 2011. Walking with God through the Seasons, patterns & colours of Nature (and seeing the parallels in the cycles & changes of our own lives) With Jill Solich Thursday 5 June An illustrated talk, using slides, prayers, poetry & insights. Time for personal prayer and reflection using an optional simple art activity if wished- no artistic skills required! In the afternoon, we'll be looking at the fascinating small sculptures surrounding York Minster's West Doorway, telling the story of the Old Testament. Jill has been coming to St. Bede's for 18 years as a participant and was delighted to be able to give something back when asked to help lead 'The Exploring Prayer' course last Autumn. Her interests include art, nature, travel, & family life. The Carpenter’s Apprentice Silent Before This Great God With David and Dorothy Littlewood With Fr. Martin Laird, O.S.A Friday 20 June Wednesday 18 June ‘What we Need is to Be Silent before this Great God.' You are invited to take time out to make a reflective personal journey , exploring what can be These words from St. John of the Cross will learnt and understood about ourselves and our own lives, through contemplating the almost silent years of the life of Jesus; a day exploring the ‘extraordinary’ among the ordinary and everyday activity of a carpenter’s apprentice. Jesus spent most of his life learning to be a craftsman. A ‘Master’ Carpenter. During these ‘quiet’ years scripture tells us very little except that Jesus learned, grew and matured into the man. During the day participants can expect times of teaching and guided reflection, together with opportunities for quiet individual contemplation, and also frame this retreat day. With times for sitting together in silence, talks by Father Laird, and conversation, we will deepen our capacity to release ever more deeply into that Mystery that already shines out of our own eyes, as well as gaining a more deeply engaged perspective on the noble defeats and fruitful failures that open the doors of humility onto the expanse of Wisdom. Fr. Martin Laird, O.S.A., is the author of Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence . He has led retreats throughout the USA and Europe. conversation. David has been the Senior Leader and Pastor of Hull Community Church for over 20 years, and has increasingly pursued a passion for contemplative prayer, combined with a quest to understand more of the humanity of Jesus and how this can impact upon our faith and lives today. As a Church Leader he is committed to a community vision of transformation through social action, loving and inclusive relationships, spiritual development and ecumenical partnerships. Dorothy worked as a health professional and clinical teacher for many years, but since 2013 has given her time to the development of Christian spirituality, working within her local church community, and as part of a local ecumenical spirituality development team. David and Dorothy are trained Spiritual Directors working with individuals across the region from various backgrounds. They have a continually growing family with 2 children and 7 grandchildren and enjoy playing golf with them on a regular basis. Gandhi, the Beatitudes and Living in the Real World With Barbara Butler Wednesday 25 June Barbara will do a power point presentation and talk on 'Gandhi, the Beatitudes and Living in the Real World, followed by discussion and sharing of resources. You are very welcome to bring a packed lunch and stay to enjoy the garden. Barbara is the executive secretary of Christians Aware, an educational, ecumenical and international charity - there is a web site. Christians Aware arranges regular visits to India and there is an active India Group.
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