Welcome to the April edition of the LCSD newsletter.
We're delighted to share a reflection from our new Director, Beki Rogers, encouraging us to pay attention to the quiet significance of Holy Saturday, and in particular how its silence can speak to those who experience spiritual direction, whether as director or directee.
Plus, as always in our monthly newsletter, we share highlights of upcoming events at the Centre and news from our friends of events happening elsewhere.
We're especially excited about Deepening Spirituality, on Thursday 11 April. During the day we'll be encouraging participants to think about other ways of measuring success rather than only counting numbers. Come along and find out more!
Beki, Ali, Alison, Antonia, Judith, Julie, Kathy
The LCSD Team
The Silence of Saturday
As we approach the Easter Season and the end of our Lenten period, we reach what is, for me, a significant but often glossed over day of the year: Holy Saturday. This day is sandwiched between Good Friday, and Easter Day itself. Often within the church community it is a day of activity where we reach out to the surrounding parish with Easter Egg Hunts or prepare for the night vigil and dawn services. But for me its significance comes in its silence. In the catholic tradition it is one of two days on which a mass is not held.
I imagine the disciples and Jesus’ friends and family on the first Holy Saturday. Without the knowledge of what was about to happen the following day, but only with some words of Jesus that they didn’t understand, they were left to dwell in silence and the unknown. I imagine them grouped together in confusion as they wondered if things had gone wrong, if their faith had been in vain. I picture them nursing their intense pain and sorrow at the loss of one who they loved so dearly. They had no knowledge that their agony would so quickly turn to joy.
The day has deep significance to those of us who accompany others on life’s journey. So often we meet people who experience periods of silence, times of pain, sorrow and unknowing where they cannot see God or work out what He is doing.
So, this Easter along with the meditation on crucifixion and celebration of the resurrection, we sit alongside those who suffer in the silence and confusion holding them with our love and our faith. Unable to answer the deep questions but carrying a belief that a better day will come, and joy will reappear, we sit holding resurrection hope in the silence.
My prayer for all those you sit with and for yourself this Easter is that you encounter evidence of the resurrection hope.
Revd Beki Rogers
Upcoming events at LCSD
Join us on Thursday 11 April for something a little different at LCSD. We are partnering with the ecumenical HeartEdge network in a day on Deepening Spirituality. There will be presentations from the LCSD and HeartEdge teams, and opportunities to participate in 'tabletalks' and workshops. We'll be exploring different ways of measuring 'success' We hope that, as well as being informative and engaging, it will also be a time of Lenten refreshment for you. Look out here for more details and to book. We look forward to seeing you.
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.
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.
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: email@example.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
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
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 atwww.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org more information and to book.