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Thinking Faith
What were the highlights of this year’s Thinking Faith?

Thinking - we took the encyclical Faith and Reason as our key text

and this led us also to thinking about truth and lying.

 

Good Shepherd John 10
Our two Thinking Scripture weeks on the Gospel of John took place in June/July and in September. We followed our usual approach of exploring sections from our selected Gospel in three ways, as literature, history and theology. We focused on chapter 9, the story of the man born blind, and 10, which includes the parable of the Good Shepherd, then on the accounts of the Resurrection in chapters 20 and 21, before returning to the Prologue for our final sessions. Particular themes included Sr Margaret on the characterisation in the narrative of the healing of the blind man, Dr Geoffrey Turner explaining the Jewish festivals which St John uses as a setting for his narratives and Fr Dixie on the way in which grasping the Resurrection depends on the gift of revelation and disclosure. We also had plenty of opportunity for group discussions of specific passages.

Breakfast Thinking Scripture group
Study groups with Dr Geoffrey Turner
 
Study groups with Dr Geoffrey Turner
 

Geoff’s musical meditations this year included a Bach cantata about the Good Shepherd, a new piece by James MacMillan and some singing from the Eastern Orthodox tradition.

As usual, we watched a film together - for the first week, the Italian classic Cinema Paradiso, and for the second a presentation of the life of Martin Luther, starring Joseph Fiennes and Peter Ustinov - thought-provoking for a bunch of mainly Catholic scripture enthusiasts!

For the first week, the weather did not encourage even our hardy veterans to many trips out, but we did much enjoy celebrating a special birthday together in the Pheasant pub. By September, the sky had brightened up, and a group of us enjoyed a lovely walk in Little Langdale, passing by Tarn Hows, and on most days people managed nice walks in the local area.

A little local scenery
 
Discussions
 

A big thank you to our resident chaplain, Fr John Watson, to Fr Frank and to Fr Dixie for making it possible to have Mass each day for the group. It was also lovely to welcome some of our Bernardine friends from Hyning, and several local non-residents and resident volunteers, to join in our sessions. As always, participants joined together for Morning Prayer and were free to join the Sisters for Evening and Night Prayer.

Sociable surroundings
 
Sociable surroundings
 
 Vespers Vespers
 

Next week we are planning one full week, in October, and one long weekend in July.

Instead of taking a single book, we will concentrate on a theme: God in the Bible.

If you want to ensure a place for the full week, you need to book early!

Contact SR MARGARET for bookings or more information

Our Thinking Faith week was on the theme of ‘Faith and Creation’, with special reference to Laudato Si’.  We also took the opportunity to join in the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order. The week was attended by a group of enthusiastic younger people, old friends and new.

800th anniversary cake Order of Preachers   800th anniversary cake Order of Preachers

On Sunday we had some excellent and insightful input from Martina Rensen on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’. This was followed by a trip out to Staveley with a packed lunch. In the evening we watched a troubling and challenging documentary called ‘Trashed’ led by Jeremy Irons. It was on the contamination of the world’s resources, for example, the pollution of our oceans with fragments of plastic. On Monday morning, Fr Dixie gave us an excellent lecture on ‘Creation in the Bible’ and we continued to work on Laudato Si’ in groups. After lunch, some of the group walked to Humphrey Head. We were then privileged to have a fascinating talk from Professor John Brooke of Oxford University on ‘Darwin and Creation’, in which he explored Darwin’s theory of evolution.

On Tuesday, Sr Margaret lectured on ‘Green Economics’ and in the evening we watched a light-hearted film with refreshments on the theme of Creation and Noah’s Ark called Evan Almighty.

On Wednesday, the group had a trip to the Lake District including the option of a longer walk above Lake Windermere, or shorter walks in Grizedale and then beside Lake Windermere.
In the evening some of us went for a bar snack at The Pheasant in Allithwaite, which has fine views over Morecambe Bay.

Thinking Faith trip  Thinking Faith trip
 
 Thinking Faith trip  Thinking Faith trip

On Thursday, Eleanor Petch gave us a wonderful presentation on ‘Landscape in Literature’ drawing on the milieu of Jane Austen. This was followed by singing practice with Maria Hall as we prepared for the mass of Mary Magdalene, the Patroness of the Dominicans, on the next day. We returned to the theme of Jane Austen in the evening when we watched a touching production of ‘Mansfield Park’ with a rather rebellious Fanny Price.

On Friday, Fr Robert Verrill expertly led us through a lecture entitled ‘Creation and the Big Bang’ and then followed this by ‘Introduction to Quantum Theory’. Sr Margaret led a discussion on ‘Integral Ecology’ during which we looked at ways we could increase our respect for the material world.

That evening we had our usual buffet and social evening. Visiting music teacher Maria Hall and Fr Robert treated us to some lively music in the chapel after Compline, a combination of organ and trumpet.

 Fr Robert Verrill OP and Maria Hall Fr Robert Verrill OP
 
 Thinking Faith Social Thinking Faith Social
 

 

Down in the drawing room, the evening was rounded off with some other musical performances. We finished on Saturday morning with a discussion of Laudato Si’.

As usual we shared Morning Prayer and Mass together each day, and joined the Community for Evening and Night Prayer. Boarbank also offers plenty of space for quiet personal prayer, in our chapel, gardens or oratory. A big thank you to Fr Robert for his sermons.

French CricketSr. Margaret competitive? Never!
 
TF French Cricket
 

A great pleasure of the week is always the friendships that develop, based on shared faith and values, fostered by shared meals and conversation, rooted in shared prayer, and open to our hosts, the Augustinian Sisters, and the guests with whom we also share the Guest House. 

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