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Welcome to the May edition of the LCSD newsletter. 

Beki Rogers, Director, shares her reflection on the Easter Resurrection season.

As always in our monthly newsletter, we share highlights of upcoming events at the Centre and news from our friends of events happening elsewhere.

Beki, Ali, Alison, Antonia, Judith, Julie, Kathy
The LCSD Team

Resurrection Season

In this Easter Resurrection season I have been thinking about and contemplating the appearances of Jesus to the apostles. 

The one that has particularly struck me this year is the second appearance of Jesus to the group of disciples, described in John’s Gospel. This is a week after the resurrection and many of the disciples have seen or had experiences of meeting the risen Christ but they are still meeting in a locked room, afraid of those outside. They are still a scared community.  Thomas is committed to the group, but doubtful about their experiences.  He needs to see Christ for himself.  Then Jesus appears in the midst of them - the locked door being no barrier - and gives Thomas the physical proof that he desires.  Thomas’ response is a cry of faith “My Lord and My God.”

I am struck by how often we meet with people who are scared: they may have a fragile faith in something, but they are protecting themselves against the world and often therefore putting barriers around them that could keep God away.  However, as we help them to articulate their needs, and get in touch with their doubts and fears, so often they discover that without realising it Jesus is there with them, providing reassurance and peace.  Christ did not make the world outside the room any safer for the disciples. In actual fact it became less safe, but the encounter within that room gave them a peace and confidence to be able to face the world outside.

So as we help others meet with Christ within their locked rooms, we remember that he is also bringing peace to the centre of ourselves.

May your Resurrection season be full of unexpected encounters that bring Peace.

 
Revd  Beki Rogers

Upcoming events at LCSD



Weeks of Accompanied Prayer
As you probably know, we already arrange weeks of accompanied prayer for local churches and now we are also running our own at the Centre. It's on from Sunday 14 to Saturday 20 July. Why not join in? Or do please recommend to a friend? You can    read more and book places here
 



Where is God in all this? How we ask about God in Spiritual Direction

“Where is God in all this?” is a question much-beloved of spiritual directors. However, if God is “in all things” then this question makes no sense. What is the purpose of this question? What are we really asking? What are better ways of addressing this? These questions get right to the heart of what spiritual direction is and what makes it different from other listening disciplines.

Join Julian Maddock and explore how we might ask about God with those who come to talk with us.

Venue: St Edmund the King Church, Lombard Street. EC3V 9EA
Date: Fri, 7 June 2019
Time: 11:00 – 16:00

 


The Gifts and Challenges of Diversity:
and some implications for spiritual direction

 
Diversity means different things. In the vocation of spiritual direction we encounter all types of people where diversity is in and out of view. What are the potential implications of diversity for directors and directees? Join us to explore this important topic as we reflect on personal stories and experiences of diversity. 

Led by Grace Owen and Mirjam Ngoy-Verhage
Venue: St Edmund the King Church, Lombard Street. EC3V 9EA
Date: Fri, 5 July 2019
Time: 11:00 – 16:00
 

As always, there are lots of other events to look forward to in 2019. Read the full listing in the Courses and Events section of our website. We look forward to seeing you.
From our Friends:

Retreat, Refresh,  Renew.  A place of quiet & hospitality.  
Come away and rest for a day in the peace and quiet of ‘Penlar’ and its garden.

   Praying with Julian of Norwich
 Led by  Yvonne  Walker
Friday  10 May  10.30am for 11.00am – 4.00pm
Suggested donation:   £25.00      including a light vegetarian lunch
RSVP    Sue Wilson:  contactsuewilson@gmail.com     

 Penlar, North Way, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 3NY
Nearest tube station:  Pinner on the Watford Metropolitan line.

Please pass this invitation  on to a friend

 

ISC Triennial Lecture Day: 'Mary in Scripture' - The Very Reverend Jeffrey John
Venue: St. Edmund King & Martyr Church, Lombard Street
Time: 11am - 4pm (doors open from 10am for refreshments)
Date: 11 May 2019


BEGINNERS SEMI-SILENT RESIDENTIAL RETREAT WITH ALISON CHRISTIAN

Going on retreat for the first time can feel like a daunting experience. What am I letting myself in for?
Will I  enjoy it? What about the silence? Will I cope with it? What do I do with it?

This semi silent retreat is for those who have never been on retreat before, or certainly not on a silent retreat. You may have experienced a Quiet Day or been away on a parish weekend, but this is your first residential on your own, and your first try at being silent over a prolonged time. If that is your experience so far, this retreat will be an ideal next step! The aim of the weekend is to help you enter the world of silent retreats gently and with plenty of support. There will be guidance on how to use the time; periods on your own and with the other retreatants and the opportunity to share your experience with others if you wish to do so. During your stay you can join in with the community’s rhythm of prayer and worship; walk, write, potter or simply rest, as the spirit takes you.

This retreat is full board and all our rooms at St Katharine are ensuite.

Date: Friday 24 May 4:30 pm - Sunday 26 May 3:00 pm

LOCATION: St. Katharine's House, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS

Cost £258.   Click here to book


St Paul’s Adult Learning department has announced its programme for the first half of 2019 which includes a free evening event at the cathedral:  Barbara Brown Taylor on Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others on 30 May.  Full details of how to register for free can be found on their website at www.stpauls.co.uk/AdultLearning.  Other speakers they have coming up include Gillian Straine, Richard Harries, Lucy Winkett, Graham Tomlin and Krish Kandiah. 

Ignatian Spirituality Course Open Afternoon

Don't miss out on the last date for the Ignatian Spirituality Course Open Afternoon on Tuesday 11 June 2019 2pm-4pm. If you’ve been contemplating Ignatian training and would like to meet course leaders and find out more, please follow the link below to book a place.

Tuesday 11 June 2019 2-4pm

Comprehensive information about the Ignatian Spirituality Course may be found on the ISC website: www.artsd.org.uk


ABIDING IN CHRIST

A Retreat for Clergy at Ascot Priory, Berks

 June 11 – 13, 2019

Led by John-Francis Friendship, and building on some of the themes addressed in his book Enfolded in Christ – the inner life of a priest, this silent, preached Retreat will explore them through the prism of the diamond-like Sacred Heart. Believing that we are called to abide in that Heart, Addresses will focus on: Adoration and Solitude, Darkness and Perplexity, Eucharist and Calling. There will be a celebration of the Eucharist and half-an-hour of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for communal silent prayer each day. Contact John-Francis jff2209@yahoo.com for more information and to book. 


One Year Top up Course Ignatian Spirituality Course for Experienced Spiritual Directors

This one-year course aims to form participants in giving the Spiritual Exercises of 
St Ignatius of Loyola. This course is considered as Continued Professional Development and is for people already trained in spiritual direction. The course may also be suitable for previous graduates from our 3 year Ignatian training as a way to refresh their ability in giving the Exercises.

This course is being offered in 2019, applications are currently accepted.

Venue:The Church of St Edmund the King, Lombard Street, EC3V 9EA.
Times:Course begins October 2019 on Wednesdays 11am-4pm during term time.

For more information, please contact the ISC Administrator, The Church of St Edmund the King , Lombard Street, London EC3V 9EA.  02076236970  info@artsd.org.uk  www.artsd.org.uk

Registered Charity No: 1089883

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