Category Archives: Reflection

Mental health, imagination & spirituality

Psychotherapists, counsellors and others interested in mental health as well as spirituality may have spotted some interesting speakers at Wychwood Circle this autumn.  After mindfulness in September, on November 3rd we have author Guy Stagg who has suffered with serious mental illness and who, as a non-believer, decided to undertake the 5,500km ‘pilgrimage’ from Canterbury to Jerusalem:  he hiked on foot, alone, on ancient paths and busy routes, relying on the generosity of strangers all the way.  The result is ‘The Crossway’ (Picador 2018), which mixes travel and memoir and where Guy Stagg (guystagg.co.uk) tells of his walk towards recovery and – a big question for us – ‘asks whether religion can still have meaning for those without faith’. Join us at Wychwood Library at 7pm.  Continue reading Mental health, imagination & spirituality

FLUNG TO OPPOSING POLES – the state we’re in…

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It hardly needs stating that we live in turbulent times.  As yet more deadlines come and go and the UK increasingly becomes the focus of incredulity, hilarity or pity across the world, it is opportune that Wychwood Circle has two speakers in the next couple of months to help us think through a moral (and inevitably political) stance on the Brexit divisions.  Continue reading FLUNG TO OPPOSING POLES – the state we’re in…

WAYS OF ATTENDING: pilgrimage & meditation

 

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Meditation, some would say, is the way to wisdom.  Or, as Fr Richard Rohr recently put it in a Lenten Daily Meditation, in wanting ‘to grow towards love, union, salvation, or enlightenment (I use the words almost interchangeably)’ we hope to move ‘from naïveté to wisdom’ (https://cac.org/from-naivete-to-wisdom-2019-03-24/).  John Main, one of the pioneers of a renewed focus on Christian meditation in the twentieth century, compared the ‘path of meditation’ to a pilgrimage, something not unknown to us in our deanery: Continue reading WAYS OF ATTENDING: pilgrimage & meditation

Paul’s World

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Paul’s epistles or letters are the earliest Christian writings we have and date from before the Gospels were written (AD 49-65).

This year, we will be reading from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians for six weeks, from 3rd June to 8th July; and then from Ephesians for seven weeks, from 15th July to 26th August.  We will return to his first letter to the Corinthians early next year.   Continue reading Paul’s World

Consuming Responsibly​ 2

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Stewards of our money

On Sunday the Rector reminded us that we are called to be ‘stewards’ of our resources and last week was Good Money Week.  The topic earlier this month at the Charlbury Quaker Reading Group led by Ian Cave also happened to be Money, banks and finance, where the whole basis of our financial system and of money creation in economies like the UK’s was examined.   There was an element, even in this discussion, of the now infamous ‘take back control’ slogan.  Continue reading Consuming Responsibly​ 2

Consuming​ Responsibly (1)

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Our Bishop has asked us in a recent blog to be Christ-like.  Since a large part of our existence consists of consuming, from food to car miles and from clothes to where we put our money, I often worry about just how responsibly I am behaving.  In this Season of Creation, I have done my own research and made some useful discoveries which others may find helpful.  Here is just one for now.  Continue reading Consuming​ Responsibly (1)

Charlbury New Economy Reading Group​

 

Our friends at the Charlbury Quaker Meeting invite you to join their stimulating reading group. The Reading Group meets for an hour each month to discuss each of the Quaker “Building the New Economy” booklets. These are all focused around how we can move towards a more sustainable economy which doesn’t rely on consuming our natural resources and economic growth every year. Fortunately, you don’t need a degree in economics to understand this because each booklet is written for beginners. Continue reading Charlbury New Economy Reading Group​