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CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER 

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

Mystical experience is given to some but contemplation is for all Christians'.  Arthur Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury 1961-1974


'Love is His meaning'  Julian of Norwich

The meaning is in the waiting'   R S Thomas


By Love He may be caught and held. By reason, never' Cloud of Unknowing


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  • 22 Aug 2019 7:34 AM | Ann Moran (Administrator)

    Bob E has set up an online Julian Meeting using Zoom.  He will be running this fortnightly until end of October as a trial.  After which we will review and determine how to proceed.

    Wednesdays at 19.30. See the Events page for a list of all the dates.

    https://zoom.us/j/285705397

    Each meeting will last approximately 40 minutes (the maximum time permitted on the free version of Zoom) and will follow the traditional Julian format of a welcome, brief reading, silence, closing reading/prayer, brief chat.  

    Just click on the link and the first time you will be asked to download Zoom.  Thereafter click on the link and you will be taken straight to the room.  You can use Zoom on laptop, desktop, tablet, mobile phone.

    You do not have to use the webcam live, we have had people using a picture instead.

    Pro tip: Make sure you are using gallery view, see top right of the screen for setting.

  • 30 Jun 2019 3:06 PM | Ann Moran (Administrator)

    From the Friends of Julian of Norwich:

    A two-day retreat of talks, contemplative prayer and worship facilitated by Fr Luke Penkett CJN with words and music for our worship kindly prepared by Carmelite nun, Sister Elizabeth Ruth Obbard O.Carm.

    http://juliancentre.org/couch/uploads/file/october-retreat-foj-for-oct19-with-hyperlinks.pdf

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/should-i-not-tell-you-about-the-goodness-of-god-julian-of-norwich-retreat-tickets-61171366203

    Many of us today are searching for more spiritual depth to our lives. Our search may guide us to Zen, or New Age practices. Julian discovered that God was not angry or judgmental but overflowing with love, a God who lifts us up each time we fall, a God who is gentle with those who are weak or hurting, a God who gives hope to those who are desperate. 

    Her book, Revelations of Divine Love, is full of practical support which can enable us to be more fully aware that we are all children of a compassionate God.

    This series of talks, interspersed with contemplative prayer and led meditation, focuses on not only what we learn from Julian herself and her writing but also how this has shaped the lives of those who have read or heard her teaching and how it is still relevant today, in a world that presents each one of us with hard and, at times, painful decisions to make.

    These two days invite us to share how we might develop our own prayer life, especially through intercession, meditation of Revelations, and contemplation, allowing the truths of what we read, slowly and reflectively, to speak to us, helping us to deepen our spiritual lives.

    “Should I not tell you about the goodness of God,” writes Julian, “Because I am a woman?” Happily for us, as for those who read or listened to her words since the Middle Ages, she did tell us about God’s goodness, in a male dominated and turbulent age, and we can be the more joyful for it. 

  • 05 Apr 2019 12:38 PM | Ann Moran (Administrator)

    Have a look.  There are events in Hereford, Winchester and Devon.

    Events

  • 02 Apr 2019 11:57 AM | Ann Moran (Administrator)

    If you are a magazine subscriber or meeting first or second contact you can read these in our Magazine Archive area.  

  • 21 Mar 2019 12:30 PM | Ann Moran (Administrator)


    JOURNEYS OF THE HEART

    An Invitation to the Spiritual Path

    with Meister Eckhart

    Friday May 31st 7.15 p.m.

    Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute

    16-18 Queen Square BA1 2HN

    A talk for those who hunger for depth in life and for deeper and more generous love

    Booking essential see below for details

    Our guide -  Meister Eckhart, medieval friar and one of Christianity’s greatest literary and spiritual voices. The freshness of his imagery and the universality of his teaching have attracted spiritual seekers, Christian and non-Christian alike, across the centuries. The evening offers the chance to probe the depths of the Meister’s wisdom, drawing on poetic rendering of his teaching as voiced by Mark Burrows. No prior knowledge of Eckhart required.

    “We are all meant to be mothers of God...for God is always needing to be born.” Meister Eckhart

    Mark Burrows is a poet and scholar of medieval theology.

    A long time resident of New England, he currently serves as professor of religion and literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences, Bochum (Germany).

    A compelling speaker, he has written widely in exploring theology and the poetic, including Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart: Meditations for the Restless Soul (2017)

    www.msburrows.com

    As well as the talk, there will be a period of meditation, time for questions, and a book stall. We will finish at 9 p.m.

    For more information, or to book (essential) contact bristol@christianmeditation.org.uk or 01275 463727.

    You can also book via Eventbrite if you prefer. Please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/journeys-of-the-heart-tickets-55007602219

    There is disabled access – please specify when booking. There will be a basket at the door for donations – we suggest £10 if you can.

    Coffee available from 6.45 p.m.

    Charlotte St. car park is close by. Train/bus stations are ¾ mile away.

    Talk arranged by WCCM www.christianmeditation.org.uk


  • 23 Aug 2018 11:18 AM | Ann Moran (Administrator)

    Since introducing the new website facilities in 2015  we have expanded the content and facilities available on in our Members private area.  In particular resources which are useful to Meetings.  

     We have introduced a new facility for Meeting Second Contacts who do not have a personal magazine subscription to register without charge and gain access to the member's area. You will have to be registered as the Second Contact for your meeting before you can register.

    To register go to the Subscribe to the Magazine or Register a Meeting Here page and choose Meeting Second Contacts.  This only gives access to the Member's Area, you will not receive a magazine.

    If you already have a personal subscription to the magazine you do not need to do anything.  You already have access to the Member's area.  

  • 27 May 2018 10:00 AM | Ann Moran (Administrator)

    The Julian Meetings and Data Protection

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation (EUGDPR)came into force on 25th May this year.  You may have noticed that you are being contacted about this by many organisations you have connections with.  There are many websites with information about this, here is one:

    https://www.eugdpr.org/key-changes.html

    To reflect the new standards established by this we've updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.  We have not had to make any significant changes as our processes were already compliant with the proposed legislation.  We have added some information about how we store your personal data and how it is shared.  You can find our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions prominently displayed on our website.  If you would like a paper copy please email it@thejulianmeetings.net  Your August newsletter will also contain a postal address if you prefer us to send you a paper copy.  

    The Regulation expands your existing set of rights regarding your personal data. These include the ability to withdraw your consent, the right to correction, and the right to be forgotten.

    You can, for example, use your privacy settings to opt out of our general information emails, (but not system emails regarding your account operations), and to determine what information you share with other members or the general public.  Our default is always complete privacy except for meeting information in our meeting directory where public display is part of our Terms and Conditions for a meeting.

    We will not share your information with third parties.  The exception to this is that we will continue to share the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of those of you who are the first contact for meetings, We shall only give them to people who wish to contact the meeting (we shall not display them on public website).  However, this information will not be shared with individuals or organisations who simply wish to advertise their own events.  Meeting second contacts will be contacted by us before we share their information.  This is because we do not at present have direct permission to share their contact details as these are supplied by the first contact.

    We feel that our systems and procedures are as robust as we can make them at the present time, but welcome any comments and suggestions.


  • 14 Apr 2018 2:20 PM | Ann Moran (Administrator)

    We need a Minutes Secretary for our Core Group and National Council Meetings.  Can you help?

    The Minutes Secretary is a very important and interesting role in JM.  Please do contact our Convenor, Sheana Barby if you have any questions or would like to discuss the post.  You can email via the Contacts page here or log in and you can find other contact details on the General Forum.

    Minutes Secretary

    Role Description

    Produce the minutes for the Core Group and National Council meetings.  Core Group meets 3 times a year, February, June, October.  National Council meets once a year in October followed by the Core Group meeting.  The meetings are mid-week and involve an overnight stay, two nights in October.  At present we meet in Derby and Shallowford near Stafford.  All venues are accessible by train.  Expenses are paid.  The Secretary is a member of both meetings and is welcome to contribute to the discussions.

    Use of email and word processing software is necessary.  Most major word processing software is acceptable.

    The Secretary may also be a signatory to our bank account and therefore two character references will be required.

     Details of the task

    1 Take the minutes during the Core and Council meeting.  A verbatim record is not required but the minutes should include:

    • a)      A summary of the discussions.
    • b)      Details of any decisions made and any actions to be taken.

    2 Send draft minutes to the Convenor as soon as possible for checking, ideally within 3 weeks of the meeting.

    3 Amend minutes as necessary and return to the Convenor for distribution.

    Please apply to Sheana Barby 


  • 09 Apr 2018 10:21 AM | Ann Moran (Administrator)

    See our Events page for details of quiet days.  So far we have events in Winchester, Hereford, North Yorkshire, and Devon.

    If you are planning a JM event you haven't told us about and what it published here please contact us.

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