Retreat Association Conference 2022
Programme for participants

Conference resources will be available here

As we approach the conference we will include a number of resources on this page to support the conference.

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Monday 27 June

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10:00 

Welcome

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10:15

Gathering worship - led by Alison Adam

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10:30 

Introducing the conference theme – Graham Sparkes

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11:45 

Coffee break

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12:15 

Listening groups

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13:00 

Lunch break

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14:30 

Workshops

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15:45 

Tea break

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16:15

The Courage of the Mystics – Jane Shaw

How have the mystics across the centuries shown courage in the face of persecution, illness, heresy trials, and numerous other challenges? How are the mystics of the past models for us today as we develop spiritual resilience and learn how to take a leap of faith in challenging situations? The lecture will look especially at a number of twentieth-century figures whose rediscovery of the mystics led them to bold and courageous actions, as conscientious objectors, champions of racial justice, and much more.

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17:30 

Supper break

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20:00 

A Kingdom of Love and other poems - Rachel Mann

This reading will bring together Rachel’s new and old poems around the themes of bodies, the courage to doubt and believe, and what hope might look like in a troubling world.

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21:00*-21:15

Night Prayers, to follow previous session after a short break –   *timings approximate

Tuesday 28 June

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08:00 

Morning time for reflection

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08:30 

Breakfast break

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09:30 

Collective worship

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09:45 

Courage comes from the heart – Pádraig Ó Tuama

The word Courage comes from the Latin cor meaning heart. The action of courage, then, is nurtured by the heart. Other languages use words that connote breastplate — some kind of protection — for courage. In this session Pádraig will explore some biblical characters through the lens of this important word, looking at multiple shapes, expressions and directions for courage. 

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11:00 

Coffee Break

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11:30 

Listening groups

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12:15 

Lunch break

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14:00 

Workshops

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15:15 

Tea break

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16:15 

Healing Hauntings: Discipleship as Inward and Outward Journeying toward Restorative Justice Across Our Divided Landscapes

– Ched Myers

Ched will exposit the parables of Luke 11:14-26, reflecting on how our landscapes are occupied by “unclean spirits” (such as White Supremacy) that promote domination, division and disparity. To face the ghosts that linger in both our 'political bodies' (socialised selves) and body politics, we must re-member our dismembered history, and re-vise our devised communal and public narratives in the service of reparative justice. Only a discipleship of self-examination and solidarity can heal our hauntings and restore God’s vision of Beloved Community.

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17:30 

Supper break

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20:00 

‘Do you Believe in God?’ Poetry with Pádraig Ó Tuama

Pádraig is a poet and theologian from Ireland and his work centres around themes of language, conflict and religion. His published works include poetry, prose and theology. He is a public speaker and broadcaster and has appeared on Radio 4, Radios Scotland, Wales and N Ireland many times. more...

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21:00*-21:15

Night Prayers, to follow previous session after a short break –   *timings approximate

Wednesday 29 June

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08:00 

Morning time for reflection

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08:30 

Breakfast break

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09:15 

Pádraig Ó Tuama & Rachel Mann in conversation

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10:15 

Coffee break

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10:45-11:30 

Listening groups

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11:45-12:30

Closing worship