by Jeremy Timm, Companion & Trustee

On  13/14/15 September, the Community gathered from all parts of the country, some near and some far, for our annual Community Weekend. We met at Whalley Hall, a small retreat centre in Derbyshire, founded originally to explore ecumenism and spirituality. As ever when we gather it is a time full of depth and energy; the theme of the weekend was The Trellis and The Rose, the title coming from our resource document for Companions. Sister Rosemary, of the Sisters of the Love of God, was a visitor and offered some deep and rich thoughts to challenge us. There was the usual AGM business to transact, and a rich open forum as companions shared their thoughts  with the community. This of course was interspersed with lovely meals, prayer and silence, a walk in the sunshine, and a session on Body Prayer led by Diane Rutter, a companion. Before we went our separate ways we met in a misty morning to break bread and share wine together……

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Our team of six had a great time showing and telling people about Contemplative Fire at Greenbelt 2019 at Boughton House near Kettering – Ali Dorey, Caroline Newton, Sally Livsey, Sheila Shotts, Ian Fordyce and Helen Fitch-Hunter. Many festival-goers dropped in to see us at our stand in the Takeaway section, where we gave out large quantities of perfumed prayer cards and leaflets.

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A team of Contemplative Fire volunteers will be at Greenbelt this year! Visit us at our stand in the Takeaway area.

We are leading an hour of worship involving body prayer in The Grove at 6pm on Saturday 24th August, and will be leading one morning prayer session also in The Grove.

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Reflections from Pilgrimages to Now/here in Stroud – exploring St George and personal dragons!  – and Saltmarshe – with meditations from Thomas Berry.

Also celebrating Earth Day in Lincoln and a report from the Trustees on their April meeting.

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Sunshine and showers were enjoyed by Companions on our Contemplative Fire summer retreat at beautiful Parcevall Hall and gardens near Skipton, Yorkshire. The shared silence and the great hospitality offered here have been soaked in.

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