Looking forward to being involved in the Soul Cafe at St Mary's Catholic church hall in Glastonbury on 15 August 11am-5pm with Pauline Warner who has pioneered this event, and others.
The pic is of a simple stone circle on the Isle of Mull that Gail and I visit. At the Marymass Soul cafe we are hoping to connect the Jesus tradition with others who, like us, find themselves drawn to places like this.
I'll be doing stuff in St Margaret's chapel on new monasticism, looking to give people an opportunity to sample rhythms, prayers and practises inspired by the monastics. There's going to be a mix of practises and therapies offered by people who are all trying to follow the Christ. On the Sunday morning we are going to have a eucharist on the Tor. The event is free. Here's the current plan for the stuff that I'm doing:
Each session will introduce a new element to help us discover a simple monastic rhythm for life and prayer where we are, and each will last for between 15 minutes and half an hour, followed by space for stillness, practise and conversation.
10.40 stilling prayer to begin the day
11.30 contemplative body prayer
12.30 the simplicity of chant
1.30 stories from the monastic tradition
2.30 engaging with the earth and its creatures
3.30 praying with the Psalms
4.30 discovering a simple monastic rhythm where you are
5.15 stilling prayer for the start of a new evening