Thursday, 15 January 2015

News from the London Spirituality Centre 2015

Look what's on the horizon 

It's another new year. Tonight the first Rhyme and Reason evening concert has taken place: It feels exciting when the space is filled with music!

No matter where the New Year finds you on your own journey, it is a time of new beginnings, freshness and looking forward. For anyone just embarking on an exploration of something that feels spiritual, our popular new course (re)Connecting with God will begin again in Spring. For those who feel called to guide others in their own journeys and who are considering training, the two well-established courses in Spiritual Direction offered here will both hold free open evenings - come and find out more.
We are pleased to re-present favourites - Our regular series Developing Direction - and to offer something new, too: a course stimulating ways to reinvigorate prayer.  Another new series 'A Day With...' and our new, popular, early evening Open Soul Space also continue. We'll be offering more introductory sessions in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator spring and autumn. Free events such as lunchtime concerts and author's evenings also pick up again soon.

We're also recruiting: the post of Events and Marketing Administrator (responsible for this email!) will be vacant at the end of January.

For the Role Description, Person Specification and Terms, click here to download a pdf. If you would like further information or an informal chat, please contact Robin Hepburn by email (click on his name to generate an email). Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might be suited and interested (the buttons at the bottom of this email can help make sharing information very simple).

Now: we won't keep you up here in the preamble any longer: scroll down to find out more about what's coming soon to the London Spirituality Centre (or for a chronological listing, visit our What's on page). We hope we'll be seeing you soon!

New offerings for a New Year

A new evening concert series has begun:
6-7pm, one Wednesday evening each month
The City Music Foundation provides performances, professional development and mentoring to outstanding musicians launching their careers.

Tickets are £10 and include a glass of wine. Download a brochure. Visit our 'What's On' listings to book: look for the Rhyme and Reason Logo.
The next concert is 11 February, 6-7pm
Tir Eolas - Folk

Praying with Scripture
Rosey Feuell offers a new course especially designed to help people who are reluctant, stuck in old ways or who want to pray more easily. Learn new ways of praying, feel excited about prayer, bring the Bible into prayer, befriend silence creatively and encourage others informally in prayer.

A course of eight Thursday evenings in March and June 2015:
5, 12, 19 & 26 March 
4, 11, 18 & 25 June
The two parts of this course may be attended independently if desired, though those wanting a good, varied grounding in this area, or interested in skills to help others, would benefit more from the entire series. Read more and book...

Just announced - or very, very new

MBTI - with Sue Wilson
New format sessions over four consecutive weeks will be offered starting Thursday 16 April (evenings 6.30 - 8pm) or Monday 28 September (afternoons 2 - 3.30pm). Watch this space or email us with any questions or to reserve a place.

(re)Connecting with God
Led by Annette Kaye and Julian Maddock
Back by popular demand, this 10-week course will begin again in Spring. Dates will be announced soon. Email us with any questions or to reserve a place.

Companions at the Centre
The Trustees will take this scheme forward in the new year ... more information will be available soon.

Events in these series continue...

Open Soul Space 2015 has begun: drop in!
Monday 12 January 2015, 5.45-7.30pm
Led by Annette Kaye and Julian Maddock

The sessions offer participants a way to explore and deepen their prayer practice. Although offered in a Christian context, it is open to anyone of any faith wishing to explore and discover. Read more and book

A Day with Thich Nhất Hạnh
Saturday 24 January 2015
11am - 4pm

A day to look at the work and writings of Thich Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist.
Led by Julian Maddock. Please note that this is a day spent with the teachings of Thich Nhất Hạnh and not a personal appearance. Read more and book

And of course, Developing Direction

Helen Warwick - Creativity in Spiritual Direction
Friday 6 February 2015, 11am - 4pm

Creative techniques to open up different perspectives and images allowing for more personal insight into individual’s journeys and their relationship with God. Read more and book

Tony Nolan - Noticing the Unnoticed
Friday 6 March 2015, 11am - 4pm

Enhance skills as reflective practitioners. The day will include perspectives on reflective practice; what we mean by Reflective Practice and how it impacts on our ministry as well as providing opportunitites to engage experientially with one another. Read more and book

Free events series continuing in 2015

Next Week!
Monday 19 January 2015
6.30 - 8pm
Meet the Author The Rev'd Ruth Scott

A new event in our Free Series of Author's Talks
Star of Good Morning Sunday and author of The Power of Imperfection (SPCK 2014) in her spare time, Ruth eats fire... Read more and book

Next Week!
Wednesday 21 January 2015
Free lunchtime concert

Students of the Guildhall School of Music
Michael Poll, Guitar Solo
Read more and book

Are you called to Spiritual Direction? Or perhaps your directee or someone you know?
Two three-year courses offered at the Centre will hold free open evenings for those interested in finding out more about becoming a spiritual director. Click on the courses / dates below for more information.
Thursday 22 January - Encounter
Tuesday 17 February - Ignatian Spirituality Course
Thursday 14 May - Encounter

Meanwhile, we've been earning over at easyfundraising!

The year is off to a good start with the effortless earnings we receive from easy fundraising. Each participating online retailer donates part of what's spent by our supporters (once signed up) to our cause. Any purchase no matter how small nets a percentage, and it all adds up.

We've had an email from easyfundraising reminding us that bigger purchases net bigger donations (that figures). Such as holidays: 3 out of 4 supporters don't know they can raise big donations when booking their holiday online via easyfundraising. If you might be tempted to give it a try, sign up to join easyfundraising before booking your next holiday and see what your holiday could give to our good cause!

News and events from elsewhere

For anyone who found the links to information on this event not working the last time we included it, many apologies! We're not sure what happened, but hope they all work this time around.

Sarum College offers a four-afternoon course entitled
The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality
26-29 January 3-5pm
. The course is led by Louise Nelstrop, Programme Leader for Sarum's MA in Christian Spirituality. Read more and book.
For full details of upcoming courses and events at Sarum College, follow this link. Or, visit the Sarum College website



And a reminder that giving to the Centre is effortless - and free - if you route your online shopping through easyfundraising. 

The Church of St Edmund, the home to the Spirituality Centre is open from Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 4.00pm offering a peaceful and contemplative resource.

There is the labyrinth that may be walked; quiet areas for reading and prayer; second hand books for sale; and refreshments.

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