Community in a fragmented world
Wherever I go at the moment I find people talking about community… about the need to build, or re-build community spirit, about the need for church to offer community to people who feel isolated, for the world to develop a sense of global community…
One of the best experiences I had last year was to be part of the “Five-Day Community for Spiritual Formation” which took place in Northern Ireland. Around 35 folk gathered for a 5-day happening, based on a Benedictine rhythm – with teaching, worship, listening circles and silence. It was so good that the small leadership team, of which I am a member, have decided to offer it again this year – with different speakers and a different theme.
Picking up this cry for community, our theme will be Community in a fragmented world and the event (part retreat, part conference, part simply, as the name says, community) will be at Hinsley Hall, Leeds from Sunday 13th to Friday 18th May 2018.
We are delighted that our two presenters are both well-known, well-respected and much-loved teachers in their fields, and that both are currently exploring themselves what community is, how it can be created and how it can be missional. They are Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School, North Carolina and an elder in the United Methodist Church and Roger Walton, Ex-President of the Methodist Conference, Britain, and chair of the Yorkshire West District. Both have written and published extensively and are renowned as excellent teachers and facilitators. We feel honoured to have them both.
Please note that bursaries or grants towards this kind of Spiritual Formation experience are often available. Suggestions about accessing such funding can be found here.
Jill Baker, Vice-President, Methodist Conference 2017-18