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Service Times

Visitors are welcome
to join with the Community
at any or all of the services.

They will be held in the chapel unless otherwise shown

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When: 27th to 29th April 2018

Furness Abbey

Lenten weekend for lecturers in higher education.

As Christians we are committed to understanding education in the context of the picture of God and humanity that our faith teaches. The weekend will allow us to ponder our faith and its relation to learning.

 The dreaming spires have long disappeared. Today's university lecturers are fighting exhaustion and overwork, and rarely have space to ponder, to potter or to pray. Here is the chance to enjoy a bit of space from the pressure, with like-minded colleagues, and to reflect at a deeper level on why the job is worth doing, and on how we ought to be doing it.

The weekend will include talks and discussion, time to walk or sight-see, the opportunity for shared prayer, and time to relax, reflect chat and in beautiful and peaceful surroundings.
The weekend is aimed in particular at university and college lecturers who are Christians of any persuasion. Anyone with teaching experience in higher education who is sympathetic to its general aims would also be welcome to come.

This year’s theme: Education & Compassion

When students are called ‘customers’, when success is measured by artificial targets, how do we keep our focus?

How do we build compassionate relationships with our students?

How do we give them the time they need? How do we share with them our love of learning?

The speakers will include:

Karen Kilby: Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University

Sr Margaret Atkins of the Boarbank Community.

other speakers may be confirmed soon...

Visitors are welcome to arrive any time from 4 p.m. on Friday. There will be tea at 4 p.m., Evening Prayer at 6 p.m., and supper at 7 p.m. You will be free to stay with us as much of Sunday afternoon as you wish.

Warm clothes and waterproofs
Walking boots, if you are a good walker
A bottle or two to share

Essays to mark
Articles to finish
Reports to write
Your mobile phone (or if you bring it, keep it switched off!)

The point is to help you escape!

Standard prices for our Guest House per night (full board and lodging) are £65 single, £75 single en suite, £115 twin or double.

We ask course participants to add a donation towards the cost of the courses, as you are each able and think appropriate.

Payment by donation only is available to students, the low-paid or anyone who needs it to attend.

Please don’t hesitate to ask!

To secure a place, you will need to send a deposit of £50 (cheques payable to ‘Boarbank Hall’).

You can also download and print out a LEAFLET about the course and Boarbank, if you wish to publicise this course in your local area. (Microsoft Word required)

For more information please contact SR MARGARET


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