Click here to download a list of events and courses from January to March 2019 that are related to the ideas behind Living Spirituality Connections.
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Living Spirituality Connections events
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1. Sunday 2 June 2019 1.50 pm. Christian Faith and Ecology in an Unfinished Universe.
Lecture by John F Haught, Distinguished Research Professor at Georgetown University and author of many books including The New Cosmic Story. Inside our Awakening Universe and The Promise of Nature: Ecology and Cosmic Purpose.
This event is put on by Eco Church at St James’s Piccadilly and Living Spirituality Connections.
Location: St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL.
Booking: email email@example.com
2. Saturday 8 June 2019 10.00 – 4.45 Human Flourishing on a Flourishing Earth: Finding a Way Together. Brighton (close to the station)
You are warmly invited to attend our interactive event where, in the light of the challenges facing us from the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss, we will explore our spiritual sense of connectedness to the earth and the actions we can take to contribute to earth and human flourishing.
Keynote speaker: Nicola Peel, award-winning environmentalist and solutionist who has worked extensively finding ecological solutions with communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. “Solutions are all around us. It’s just knowing where to look.”
Workshop leaders: Nicola Peel, Rev Alex Mabbs of Brighthelm’s Earth Church project, Rev Philip Roderick founder of Contemplative Fire and the Quiet Gardens movement, and Sandy Elsworth, geologist.
Event fee: £16.50/£11 for those with low income.
For more details: www.livingspirit.org.uk/brighton
Booking link: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/461951
Print version of event information: http://www.livingspirit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/flourishing_event_brighton_info_sheet
This event is put on by Earth Church at Brighthelm, Brighton, https://www.brighthelm.org.uk/earth-church; Living Spirituality Connections http://www.livingspirit.org.uk; and Spirit of Peace http://www.spiritofpeace.co.uk.
For further details regarding all our events please contact us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some previous events
Saturday 12 January 2019, 12.30 Birmingham Living Spirituality Connections meeting.
Anne Gardner, our Living Spirituality Connections contact for the Midlands, is organising a second meeting to discuss forming a Midlands group e.g. for Spiritual Journeying / Living Conversation / Spiritual Book Reading. They will meet again at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Victorian Tea Room from 12.30 for refreshments and conversation.
All welcome. Contact Anne Gardner to book a place: email@example.com
20 November 2018 10 – 4. Creativity and Reflection – a taster. Location: York
For thirty years Linda Courage has used the arts to access parts of herself that the intellect can’t. She wonders if others might benefit from trying some of these ways and invites you to come and see. No experience of the arts is a benefit!
After a long and varied career in nursing, Linda is a bank Staff Nurse in Outpatients, a member of the Abbey of the Arts http://www.abbeyofthearts.com, and co-ordinator for the Arts and Spirituality Special Interest Area within Living Spirituality Connections www.livingspirit.org.uk/sia/arts-and-spirituality She has run expressive arts workshops and spoken of her approach at health and spirituality conferences.
Sunday 4 November 2018 1.45 – 3.30. Incarnation. A new evolutionary threshold. Talk by Diarmuid O’Murchu.
Incarnation signifies embodiment, reminding us that God’s creativity throughout creation is mediated through bodies, from the vast universe right down to subatomic particles. This understanding requires a fresh appraisal of the conventional Christian understanding in which Incarnation focuses on the person of Jesus. How the expanded vision can be integrated with our Christian story is the topic for this lecture.
“God’s revelation is considered to be in the whole of creation. Divine revelation is mediated primarily through the embodied processes that facilitate growth and flourishing.”
Feedback on the talk by Diarmuid O’Murchu included:
“Inspiring – really good to feel part of a spirited embodied community.”
“Really, really good. We need more talks like this!”
“Absolutely brilliant. Very thought-provoking.”
“Thanks for setting up that wonderful talk. I felt hugely encouraged by it after rather a sterile time spiritually.”
Saturday 19 May 2018 – Working with Emergence event.
In the face of growing complexity and diversity in our local and global communities, and our increasingly unsustainable way of life, we need a new form of intelligence, and related skills and tools, to enable us to be effective agents for change. We will explore how working with emergent processes can help us become more effective in working for a world where all can flourish. We will also look at the skills we need to develop to work with emergence.
Chris Mowles, Professor of Complexity and Management, University of Hertfordshire – Working with Emergence.
Rev. Dr Terry Biddington, Dean of Spiritual life and lecturer in Practical and Eco Theology, University of Winchester – The Emergence of Interiority and the Development of Religion in an Evolving Universe.
Venue: King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester
The event leaflet can be downloaded here – www.livingspirit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/working_with_emergence.pdf.
The event poster can be downloaded here: www.livingspirit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/emergence_poster.pdf.
A short article on ‘Working with Emergence’ can be downloaded here: www.livingspirit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/emergence_article.pdf.
Sunday 12 November 2017 – Searching a Communal Heart: Earth Literacy, Ecology and Spirituality. St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London.
Speaker: Professor Ursula King, who is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol. She has published widely on gender issues in world religions, interfaith dialogue, spirituality, and on the resonance today of the work of Teilhard de Chardin.
This was our annual partnership event with St James’s Church, Piccadilly.
Saturday 25 November 2017 – Towards Human Flourishing. University of Winchester.
In the face of growing divisions in society – politically, socially and economically – the event explored:
- what do human beings need to flourish?
- how do we create a culture of human flourishing for all?
- what is the relationship between human and planetary flourishing?
The speakers were Diarmuid O’Murchu on Human Flourishing: A New Evolutionary Threshold and Professor Lisa Isherwood on Earth Flourishing.
Organised in conjunction with the Institute for Theological Partnerships and Spirit of Peace.
9-11 June 2017 – Living Spirituality Creative Conversations workshop. Thirsk, N. Yorks.
In this workshop we explored how we become aware of the creative nature of conversations in our daily lives and in the lives of those we engage with. Starting with our own story, we used creative arts, liturgy and reflective engagement to find fresh ways of developing communities of creative conversation. The Holy Rood gardens played a part in the event, as well as a visit to the hills at Sutton Bank.
25 September 2016 – Living Spirituality Connections annual partnership event with St James’s, Piccadilly, London W1: launch of Experiencing Music – Restoring the Spiritual: Music as Wellbeing by Rev Dr June Boyce-Tillman. Rowan Williams has said: “This book is an astonishing achievement ….. Learning to sing is ….. connecting with the world we inhabit in a fresh and life-giving way. A deeply enriching study.”
The event included some singing and refreshments afterwards.
Towards Human Flourishing events
You can find events that are relevant to the Towards Human Flourishing Special Interest Area here – www.livingspirit.org.uk/sia/towards-human-flourishing.
There were three Spirit of Peace events run in February by LSC Steering Group member, Heather-Jane Ozanne.
Introductory events for Pathways for Human Flourishing training: Sunday 5th February, 2.30-5pm, in Stroud, Gloucestershire; and Tuesday 7th February 2017, 6.30-9pm, in Gloucester.
Spirit of Peace Community Bring and Share Supper: Monday 6th February, 7.00-9pm, in Gloucester.
More details for all these events can be found here – www.livingspirit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/spirit_of_peace_events.pdf.