2020 Programme

We are now running these as virtual events using Zoom videoconference for the duration of COVID 19 restrictions.

This will allow you to join by either:

  • Using a laptop, tablet or smartphone with good internet. You will be able to see and hear the speaker and interact with the other people in the session.

Or

  • Using a normal phone, you will be able to hear the speaker and interact with the other people in the session.

Just use the website links shown below for each event. We are asking you to pre-register, which simply means signing up with your name and email address, to keep the sessions more secure. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We have reduced the length of the sessions and will aim to have one or two short breaks, so you won’t be sitting in front of a screen for more than about 45 minutes at a time.

To book your place on any of these events please follow the registration link in the programme below.

If you have any questions please email cockfosterscs@rcdow.org.uk

We’ll be adding events for the second half of the year, so please check the website or let us know if you would like to receive updates by email. You can also request a poster size version of the programme for a noticeboard.

Friday 17th April

10 am – 1 pm

An Introduction to Christian Meditation

Josepine von Zitzewitz

Meditation – contemplative silence – is found in every major religious tradition. For Christians, it is rooted in the teaching of Jesus on prayer and a long tradition that begins with the desert fathers and has been revived in the 20th century by teachers such as John Main OSB. This session provides a practical introduction to meditation and an overview of the tradition.

Josie von Zitzewitz has been meditating for 20 years and regularly gives retreats. She is an oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/463331827?pwd=Z1ROY0dMVjlHLy9Fb253UUF5OGR2QT09

 

 

Signposts along a Spiritual Journey

Postponed – we will re-schedule when possible

Margaret Silf

The day of reflection will explore several scriptural signposts to help us navigate our spiritual journeys. The day is based on part of Margaret’s new book Soul Journey – with scripture and story towards the best we can be, published January 2020, Darton, Longman & Todd, London. The day will comprise several short sessions of input from Margaret, time for personal reflection, and an opportunity, for those who wish, to share our experience.

Margaret is a retreat facilitator and the author of a number of books for 21st century spiritual pilgrims. She works ecumenically and is passionate about making Christian spirituality accessible in everyday life. She is a regular contributor to the Bible Reading Fellowship ‘New Daylight’ series.

Saturday 9th May

10 am – 1 pm

Keep Hope Alive

Mary Jo Radfcliffe

We will explore what it is we hope for and how to support and develop this. In this world of diversity and division we will, through reflection, readings, poetry, music and sharing find ways of deepening our hope and bring healing to our ourselves and our fragmented world.

Mary Jo spent the first 25 years of her working life in a Convent. She then retrained in Pastoral Theology and Adult Religious Education, and now spends much of her time enabling people move from crisis to opportunity.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZQqd-itrjIst5eb4KGa6jL1SBRVENDNLQ

 

Friday 5th June

7 pm – 9.30 pm

An evening with the Poet RS Thomas

John Cairns

There is huge regard for the poetry of R.S. Thomas (1913-2000) and rightfully so. He is undoubtedly one of the great poets of the 20th Century with many admirers around the world. His poems articulate something deeply profound about the human condition and often in a direct and insightful way relevant to us today. The session will explore the poet’s life and a selection of his poems

John Cairns is a retired English teacher and first came to appreciate R S Thomas the man and his work through teaching his poetry to GCSE and A level students.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/u5EqcO2uqzouAkOpTbeaDzgG15u2ntbgWg

Saturday 27th June

10 am – 1 pm

Finding God in Nature

Jonathan Males

We will assess if it is practical to run this session closer to the date, depending on travel restrictions at the time. If possible we will meet in Trent Park for time outdoors (at a safe distance!)

Time outdoors in the natural world brings many benefits – physical, psychological and spiritual. This day will offer a chance to understand why this is so, and more importantly, to spend time experiencing the beauty of nearby Trent Park. Please wear clothes and footwear suitable for walking outside and be ready to walk gently for about an hour.

Jonathan is an executive coach and spiritual director who helps people in all walks of life to know themselves better and to grow into their full humanity.

We are now running these as virtual events using Zoom videoconference. To book your place on any of these events please follow the registration link in the programme.

If you have any questions please email cockfosterscs@rcdow.org.uk

Let us know if you would like to receive details by e-mail or to request a poster size version of the programme.

Costs

DAY COURSES: Suggested donation £30.

EVENING COURSES: Suggested donation £10.

We don’t want cost to be a barrier – so please pay what you can afford.

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