There is all the difference in the world between lives that are merely conformed by moral effort to the shape of Christian ‘virtue’ and those that are transformed through responsiveness to encounter with God’s living reality.
It is the commitment to the journey of transformation that shapes everything we do at Benedictus. This adventure of reconciliation, which goes sometimes painfully by way of our wounds, is the essence of discipleship. It is the only way that we become capable of communicating God authentically to others, agents of Christ’s peace and reconciliation.
As part of this commitment, we offer L’Chaim – a reflective practice group and a Spiritual Practice Group. There is also a Theology Reading Group, a Benedictus walking group and Spirit Art – a gathering for exploring the intersection between spirituality and creativity.
Inquiries about any of our Benedictus groups are welcome on firstname.lastname@example.org
What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
Too often we react to pressure and the distractions of life, our perception distorted by fear, anxiety and projection. How might we speak and act with integrity? How does everyday experience become a source of transformation rather than something to be survived or conquered? A contemplative response is sourced from a deeper place, from the ‘still centre’ that sustains all authentic living.
L’chaim (meaning ‘to life!’) is our program of formation in contemplative action. In a supportive L’chaim group we attend to aspects of our everyday experience. Creative exploration and theological reflection uncover pathways to deeper integrity and more life-giving ways of being. Over time, we begin to relate to unhelpful patterns with greater freedom.
Spiritual Practice Group
Daily meditation … a weekly walk around the lake …
mindful eating … fasting … spiritual reading …
an intentional Sabbath …
Do you have a regular spiritual practice … a rule of life? Or sense the need to develop one?
Would you like to be encouraged in your commitment to practise, explore and share its fruits?
Our Spiritual Practice Group meets monthly to encourage one another in practices for intentionally opening ourselves more fully to God.
In ancient times divers plumbed the sea in search of a rare shellfish sought after for its rich purple dye. ‘Diving for the purple fish’ – Kalchaino – became the Greek expression for plumbing the depths of one’s own wisdom.
For several years, our Kalchaino group offered young adults an opportunity to learn to listen and know themselves more deeply, and so to engage the challenges and possibilities of their lives from a more aware and integrated place. Kalchaino is at present suspended, but the approach and themes explored can be discovered on our Kalchaino blog.
Theology Reading Group
Our Theology Reading Group is committed to reading and discussing Christian theology in conversation with and in the light of our own experience and spiritual quest.
Topics and texts are chosen according to the interests of members, and we have explored themes such as God and suffering, the theology of prayer and theological method. The group meets fortnightly in term time and new members are welcome.
Have you ever wondered what place art could play in your spiritual life? Would you like to reconnect with previous experiences of creativity and play, or discover it?
This group is about awakening the creative spirit within, connecting with the spark of divine creativity in us all.
Collage, drawing, painting, colour, fabric and thread, poetry and poetry writing offer simple ways of exploring creative dimensions of life in relation to our spirituality and journey.
All are welcome. No prior experience or skill needed. The emphasis is on the process, not the result!