'To be human now is the reason we follow the star....'
W H Auden
Work may be differing kinds, but whatever is undertaken, as a religious, I must be conscious that prayer is my primary work, and must not be compromised by the temptation to give too much time or energy over to other forms of ministry. Prayer must remain constant and vigorous, as it underpins the whole of life. All else that is done, flows from this centre.
Work may simply be that of the daily tasks necessary to maintaining the running of the house, but for most of us, undertaking work outside of the house will be a necessary part of life, since we need to provide for ourselves financially.
I undertake spiritual direction (also known as spiritual accompaniment), running retreats and quiet days, and group work in the areas of prayer and spirituality. I also do personal development work with individuals.
Increasing our awareness of how we relate to ourselves, to other people, to the world around us and to that sense of the Divine - whatever name we may give it - we can take our place within creation and live abundantly as the people we were created to be. This is about learning to be human: to be able to experience and move through the joys and sorrows, the muddle and mess as well as the glorious beauty and fun of life.
My work involves walking alongside others in this process of discovery, as I too continue to seek and learn through our walking together. I receive regular spiritual direction and supervision and am happy to work with those of all faiths and of none.
The influences on my understanding of different aspects of this work are many and include: the English mystics, St Aelred, St Benedict, Rumi, and nearer our own time, Carl Rogers, Paul Tournier, Belden Lane, Joseph Campbell, Brian Thorne and Bryce Taylor.
My ministry is supported by the Annunciation Trust.
For one to one work, I ask for a donation to be made to the Annunciation Trust at a rate set by the trustees. This amount will vary, depending on individual circumstances and can be gift-aided where appropriate.
Charges for group work are negotiable.
For more information about the Annunciation Trust, or if you are interested in giving to the Trust to help support my ministry, please ask me for further details or visit our website here.