Wednesday, February 07, 2007

grit in the bread

Great to be on the first mayBe monastic retreat this past weekend in South Devon with Andrea, Cara, Chris W, Jackie and Rachel. I really liked the way that we found ourselves taking some ancient paths [eg we hung a triangle up and rang it to call us to prayer 4x a day] but also staying in our contemporary setting [eg so that the weekend newspapers and the conversations they provoked were a vital ingredient]. On a beautiful cold Sunday morning we had our Eucharist on the beach. The sand whipped up and gritted the bread and flecked the wine. On a personal note it felt as though a lot of my current callings were coming together in one place this weekend: enabling community to happen, exploring and opening up the possibility of prayer, and facilitating hands-on creative stuff. It doesn't get much better than that.

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