Christopher Chapman is this year's keynote speaker at Catholic Spirituality Network Day Conference which takes place on 28 April at St Aloysius RC Centre, Euston, London, NW1 1TA.
Christopher is an experienced retreat leader and spiritual director, and author of Seeing in the Dark and Earthed in God: Four movements of spiritual growth. A regular guest director at St Beuno's Spiritual Exercises Centre, dormerly he was Spirituality Adviser for the Anglican Diocese of Southwark. He also co-led spiritual direction programmes at the Franciscan Study Centre in Canterbury.
In the Bible, spiritual growth is likened to the natural development processes of plants, and the part played by gardeners, whether human or divine. In a Year's Turning will explore four recurring movements of this growth:
• Becoming rooted and grounded in God
• Emerging into being in response to God's invitation
• Struggling towards abundance through resistance
• Bearing fruit and being willing to fall
These four are movements, not stages. They are seasons that meet us afresh within a lifetime of growing, stirring us once more into abundant life.
Jesus, the teller of parables, invites us to hold the mystery of creation in mind and heart, like seed in the hand of a sower. 'Look', he says. 'See what happens if you are grounded in God's good soil. Behold the wonder of who you are and what you might become.'
For futher information and booking contact: csn.retreats.org.uk or CSN Conference Secretary, c/o Catholic Spirituality Network, St George's Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HY Tel. 07756 864784
Conference Fee - £30 (£25 for CSN Members) - includes tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits during the day. PLEASE Bring OWN LUNCH
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