Woman director for inter-church spirituality network

 The Living Spirituality Network (LSN) has a new director. Beverley McAinsh is a radio producer with nearly 20 years' BBC experience. An initiative of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, LSN was formed in 2000 by the merger of the Fellowship of Prayer for Unity and the Ecumenical Spirituality Project. The Network is committed to exploring questions of faith, prayer and spirituality; nurturing those who are exploring such questions, both within and outside the mainstream Christian churches; and supporting new expressions of Christian community, as well as encouraging those praying and working for unity in the church and in the world. Beverley, 45, has an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and a Diploma in Applied Theology. She joined the BBC's Religious Broadcasting Department in 1984 and was for seven years Editor of the 'Sunday' programme, 'Thought for the Day', and a number of other documentaries, features and lectures. She has also worked on Oxfam's Africa Desk, and produced Radio Four's 'Something Understood'. On her appointment she said: "I was intrigued to learn about the LSN. That such a Network existed: an initiative of the Church but devoted to understanding the spiritual insights and experiences of those on its edges and beyond, was for me a sign of great life and creativity within the institution. "One of the many things which excites me about my new role is that it brings together a deep personal involvement in exploring the meaning of contemporary spirituality, and a professional interest in communicating the spiritual questions and experiences of life: a unique and timely opportunity. I was already a member of a number of the groups with which the LSN is in closest contact, including CANA (Christians Awakening to New Awareness, and the Retreat Association)." She edited the Something Understood anthology for Hodder & Stoughton in 2001, and is a contributor to the DLT/CAFOD Lent Book for 2003. Working from home near Oxford, she attends her local Anglican parish church and is particularly interested in Ignatian spirituality and in the work of the Julian Meetings.

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