Quiet Days 2018


Each Quiet Day starts at 9.45 am with Coffee and ends with Tea at 3.45 pm.  Hot Drinks are provided all day – please bring your own sandwiches.  A Donation of £20.00 is requested. (This can be Gift Aided).  To Book on any of our Quiet Days, please phone to check that spaces are available; we will then send you a Booking Form.  This page is regularly updated as information is added.

Saturday 20 October 2018

A Study Day – ‘Faith in Detection’ led by Alison Milbank

Why are there so many detective dramas on television?  What deeper mysteries does this genre seek to explore?  We shall spend a day pondering these questions, which open up theological mysteries of the nature of evil, judgement, forgiveness and the ordering of the cosmos.  Beginning with the Bible, including the Book of Job and the detective work of Daniel, our journey will take us through Wilkie Collins’ ‘The Moonstone’ and Sherlock Holmes stories to Dorothy Sayers, Simenon and right up to recent dramas such as ‘Broadchurch’.    

The Revd Dr Alison Milbank is Associate Professor of Literature and Theology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Nottingham University, and Canon Theologian at Southwell Minster.

Saturday 3 November 2018

‘Take my hand’: gift, weakness and vulnerability led by Marian Crawford

People with a learning disability have the habit of turning our understandings upside down.  We will spend this day reflecting on how the work of Jean Vanier, through L’Arche, and Faith and Light, has challenged perceptions.

The Revd Marian Crawford is a retired Methodist minister, married with 3 lovely daughters.  Clare, our middle daughter, had Downs Syndrome and she has led me on and amazing journey of discovery in our family life, in my ministry and in my understanding of God.

Saturday 10 November 2018

‘From Russia with Love’ led by Jim Wellington

Jim Wellington explores how aspects of Russian Orthodox spirituality can enhance our approach to God in our contemporary situation.  He examines hoe the witness of three relatively modern saints, St Theophan the Recluse, St Seraphim of  Sarov and St Maria of Paris point us towards a unity, wholeness and connectedness, summed up by the Russian word sobornost.

The Revd Dr Jim Wellington is a retired priest with permission to officiate in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.  He is the author of two books, Christe Eleison! The Invocation of Christ in Eastern Monastic Psalmody c350-450 (Peter Lang, 2014), and Praying the Psalms with Jesus: A Journey of Discovery and Recognition (Grove Books, 2015).

Tuesday 4 December 2018

An Advent Quiet Day, with Mary, the Mother of Jesus: four meditative talks with periods of silence for personal reflection and prayer led by Graham Pigott

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, offers us a model for being Christian as we wait for Christ’s final Advent.  She knew bewildering and faith-stretching experiences of wonder, gift, travail, joy, anguish, and awesome surprise, as she lived through realities she never chose, yet were earthed in how God desired to reveal his purposes.  The day will be spent prayerfully exploring some of these, to help us in our living.

The Revd Canon Graham Pigott is a retired Anglican priest who leads quiet days and retreats and accompanies others on their spiritual journeying.

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