Back in 2009, George Lings spent an extended time with us at the Northumbria Community as part of a research project for the Church Army, in which he gathered wisdom from both traditional, and ‘new monastic’, communities. The fruit of his research was some key thinking around seven characteristic elements in Christian communities through the ages, which, when held in balance, enable a richer expression of discipleship, mission and community.
In the monastic tradition these elements have distinctive locations: cell (being alone with God), chapel (corporate public worship), chapter (making decisions), cloister (planned and surprising meetings), garden (the place of work), refectory (food and hospitality) and scriptorium (study and passing on knowledge).
In 2021, through the School for Monastic Living, we are delighted to offer an opportunity, to a small number of people, to enter the process of going deeper with these ‘seven sacred spaces’ as part of a small, monthly ‘transformational learning’ group.
In the video below, George Lings, a Companion in the Northumbria Community, talks to Roy Searle , an Elder and former Community Leader, about his book – ‘Seven Sacred Spaces’. He reflects on his faith journey and how time spent at the Mother House – Nether Springs – helped him to explore this way of seeing’.
Seven Sacred Spaces will start in May 2021 and will involve a commitment of three, weekly meet-ups that month, followed by one session a month (with a break in the summer) until March or April 2022. It would be important to consider the outline of the process by viewing the document below, before signing up.
For further information and details about how to book, please follow THIS LINK.