Our Working and Discernment Group (previously the Steering Group) has met and worked together to bring energy and life to Living Spirituality Connections since 2012. The focus and purpose of LSC has become clearer as a result of this process and we now feel more established. We now see that a key need we are responding to is to connect people with another and with diverse resources, and want to communicate that aim in our name. We have adopted a new logo to reflect the connections theme.
Events: We will continue to signpost to events through quarterly events listings emailed to subscribers. We run an annual Living Spirituality Connections event in London in partnership with St James’s Piccadilly, and for the first time have a weekend workshop at Holyrood House in North Yorks in June 2017 on living spirituality themes.
E-Newsletters: We will send e-newsletters three times a year.
Special Interest Areas: We will continue to develop Special Interest Areas responding to our subscribers’ interests. Currently these are: Arts and Spirituality; Music and Spirituality; Spiritual Journeying; and Towards Human Flourishing.
We are experimenting with different ways of enabling people who have signed up for these to connect with one another. A Facebook Group has been set up for the Arts and Spirituality SIA. Towards Human Flourishing will offer a Google Group.
A future Special Interest Area will be Health, Healing and Spirituality, with the aim of signposting to relevant resources in that field.
Ongoing courses available via our website: We have started a website section for ongoing courses that people can take and put on in their own area. The first of these is Love for the Future: Being at Home on the Earth, which enables people to draw on contemplative practices to help clarify and energise their response to issues of ecology and injustice. Course materials are available to download free of charge: www.livingspirit.org.uk/lftf.
Future possibilities are Pathways to Human Flourishing courses, and a course introducing Deep Abiding Prayer, a community healing approach inspired by Teresa of Avila and many other sources.
Regional Contacts: We will continue to provide a list of Regional Contacts to enable people to connect with others in their area if they wish to. We welcome new contacts for South & West Wales and North West Wales with this newsletter.
Collaborative work: It is important to us to collaborate with other organisations with a similar vision, and we have ongoing collaborations with the Institute for Theological Partnerships at the University of Winchester, Holy Rood House in North Yorks, St James’s Piccadilly and Pathways to Human Flourishing. We also have many linked organisations – see www.livingspirit.org.uk/resources-and-links/links-to-other-organisations.
We are not set up as a separate organisation. We are thankful that St James’s Church, Piccadilly has agreed to handle our finances and is enabling us to publicise Living Spirituality Connections on a noticeboard which is seen by a large number of visitors every week.