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

31 October  9.30 – 1.00 pm

Edith Stein, Etty Hillesum and Simone Weil: A Spirituality for Living through a Time of Crisis.

Stefan Reynolds

This workshop will be looking at three mystics, saints and writers who lived during the Second World War. They were contemporaries – all Jewish – and all came to similar wisdom about living through a time of crisis. We will look at their lives and the advice they give for challenging situations. All of them – in more dramatic ways than today – found their opportunities were increasingly limited and yet found meaning in the constraints they had to live under. It is a workshop for those trying to make good use of this time of semi-lockdown.

Dr Stefan Gillow Reynolds, is author of ‘Living with the Mind of Christ: Mindfulness in Christian Spirituality’ (DLT, 2016) and ‘The Wisdom of Love in the Song of Songs’ (Hikari, 2018). He has a PhD in Christian Spirituality from London University and runs retreats for The World Community for Christian Meditation and for the Cistercian Abbey of Mount Melleray where he works. He lives with his wife in Lismore, Co. Waterford.

Register here in advance:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vd-GrrTIrH9CTa9lCi3jjb_JNLMFS5yoc  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

21 November, 9.30 – 12.30

Love God and Love Yourself

Josie von Zitzewitz

Jesus said: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ ”

The basics of a Christian life are simple, or so it seems. Yet in the everyday, we often find the final element – to love ourselves – surprisingly difficult. Without love for ourselves, life can become very bleak. During this morning Scripture, literature and Christian meditation will help us become reacquainted with the source deep within ourselves.

Josie von Zitzewitz is a literary scholar and university lecturer. She has been meditating for 20 years and regularly gives retreats, including several workshops here in Cockfosters in recent years. She is an oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation and lives in London and Norway.

Register in advance here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlcOioqzwsGdBRDLNLbmqK8nFzH-KJPZ5v

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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.

To make a donation please use this link https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/cockfosters/donate/ 

and put CCS as your reference.

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