In this second podcast of Lent 2012, Vanessa Elston continues this years Moot at St Mary Aldermary Lentern season with a reflection on the title ‘Loosing and finding ourselves in the desert’ – the nature of ‘self’ and our relationship to ourselves.
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In this first podcast of Lent 2012, Vanessa Elston starts this years Moot at St Mary Aldermary Lentern season with a reflection on the title ‘An Invitation to silence, solitude and human becoming’.
“As we grow up our minds grow more complex and more settled in their orbits. We spend so much of our adult energies thinking, planning, worrying, trying to get ahead or stay afloat, that we lose touch with that natural intimacy with God deep within us. The gift of silence gradually recedes in the face of the demands of daily life, so that when we do re-encounter contemplative prayer as adults, it may seem like a strange and inaccessible inner terrain. With some effort, we can stop the outer noise. Silent walks in the woods, Lenten and Advent quiet days at the local church, or a retreat at a monastery are wonderful ways of doing just that. But stopping the inner noise is another matter. Even when the outer world has been wrestled into silence, we still go right on talking, worrying, arguing with ourselves, day-dreaming, fantasizing. To encounter those deeper reaches of our being, where our own life is constantly flowing out of and back into the divine life; what first seems to be needed is some sort of interior on/off switch to tone down the inner talking as well.” (Cynthia Bourgeault, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening)
On today’s BBC Radio 4 Sunday Programme, Moot and St Mary Aldermary were included on a piece on the subject of New Monasticism. For a snippet of what was said see below. The programme includes input from Vanessa Elston, Jen Richardson and Ian Mobsby, with Ian Adams.
As part of this years art, spirituality and reflections on Advent, Vanessa Elston leads this fourth and final podcast exploring the theme of ‘Do not be afraid to look for joy in unexpected places’. This year the Moot Community at St Mary Aldermary are hosting a number of spiritual events to promote engagement with the season. For more details on this, see the Events section of the Moot Website www.moot.uk.net
As part of this years art, spirituality and reflections on Advent, Vanessa Elston leads this second podcast exploring the issue of risk, peace and the undefended life. This year the Moot Community at St Mary Aldermary are hosting a number of spiritual events to promote engagement with the season.
As part of this years art, spirituality and reflections on Advent, Vanessa Elston leads this first podcast exploring the issue of hope and being undefended. This year the Moot Community at St Mary Aldermary are hosting a number of spiritual events to promote engagement with the season. For more details on this, see the Events section of the Moot Website www.moot.uk.net
Every now and then, members of the Moot Community lay on an afternoon tea to give room for those who are new to the community or interested in our vision and plans, to be able to ask questions, and to hear a little of our new monastic basis.
We are holding an informal event involving afternoon tea in St Mary Aldermary on Saturday 29 October, from 3pm to 5pm, including Ian Mobsby, Vanessa Elston and others. So if you are interested in coming and want more info and book a place, click here. We ask only for a financial donation towards costs. For more information, please email.
This event is open to anyone who is interested but particularly for new people to the Moot Community, or those who are interested in talking to us about the community.
Drawing on the letter of St James in the New Testament, Ian Mobsby and Vanessa Elston explore the calling of Christians to endurance in difficult times, and the very real financial and human resource needs to sustain the mission and work of the Moot Community in difficult and uncertain times.
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Serum is doing a series of discussions on Faith Hope and Love this Autumn and on Wednesday we continue our conversation on love. The phrase ‘anemic love’ recently jumped out at me and I traced it to Martin Luther King who used the phrase in his speech ‘Where do we go from here?” in 1967.
“What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
Can love and power be united or does it always get dangerous?
All are welcome to join in the conversation and you can find us in the upstairs room of Ye Olde Watling Pub 7.30 – 9 pm, this Wednesday 28th Sept.
Serum will be using Tracey Emin’s neon art work which she created for Liverpool Cathedral as the starting point for our conversation on Wednesday evening.
Alain De Botton did a short piece for radio on the ‘art of conversation’ which reflected much of the ethos of serum, arguing that ‘it’s when there are rules to our conversation that our spirit can best be set free.’
Come and join us for such liberating conversation, 7.30 upstairs at Ye Olde Watling Pub, EC4