Vespers: Work (16/6)

Welcome to Vespers for Wednesday 16th June. Tonight, Revd Vanessa Conant leads us as we continue our series on Benedictine Spirituality, drawing on the teaching of Sr Joan Chittister, OSB, specifically focussing on work and its inherent value. Tonight’s Vespers features a poem, two pieces of music, two periods of stillness, a reflection and a closing […]

Vespers: Benedictine Spirituality (9/6)

Welcome to Vespers for Wednesday 9th June. Tonight, Revd Dave Edmondson leads us as we continue our series on Benedictine Spirituality, drawing on the work of Sr Joan Chittister, OSB. Tonight’s Vespers features a poem, two pieces of music, two periods of stillness, a reflection and a closing blessing. And as always, Vespers is for […]

Vespers: Humility (2/6)

Welcome to Vespers for 2nd June as we continue our series on Benedictine Spirituality. This week, we focus on the Benedictine view of humility, or what Natalie Burwell, who leads tonight’s Vespers, calls the ‘quiet superpower for living in community’. Tonight’s online Vespers features a poem, two pieces of music, two periods of stillness, a […]

Vespers: Community (26/5)

Welcome to Vespers for 26th May – the fourth in our series on Benedictine Spirituality. This week, we’ll again draw on the work of Sr Joan Chittister, particularly her book, ‘Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St Benedict Today’, with a special focus on community: how being in relationship draws us into […]

Vespers: Prayer (19/5)

Welcome to Vespers for 19th May – the third in our series on Benedictine Spirituality. This week, we’ll again draw on the work of Sr Joan Chittister, particularly her book, ‘Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St Benedict Today’, with a special focus on prayer: a reflective practice which helps us to […]

Vespers: Listening with the ‘Ear of Our Heart’ (12/5)

Welcome to Vespers for 12th May – the second in our series on Benedictine Spirituality. Over the next several weeks, we’ll draw on the work of Sr Joan Chittister, particularly her book, ‘Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St Benedict Today’ in our Vespers gatherings, and this evening we’ll focus specifically on […]

Vespers: Benedictine Spirituality (5/5)

Welcome to Vespers for 5th May – it’s great to be back after an extended break. This evening, we’re beginning a new series on Benedictine Spirituality – or what we might also call, ‘practical wisdom for ordinary life’. Over the next several weeks, we’ll draw on the work of Sr Joan Chittister, particularly her book, […]

Vespers: Thirst (17/3)

Welcome to Vespers for Wednesday 17th March. Tonight, Revd Vanessa Conant leads us as we explore ‘thirst’ during this season of Lent. As always, Vespers features a poem, two pieces of music, two periods of stillness, a reflection and a closing blessing. And Vespers is always for everyone, regardless of background or belief. Join our […]

Vespers: Nourishing Practices (10/3)

Welcome to Vespers for Wednesday 10th March. Tonight we continue our journey through the season of Lent, with Natalie Burwell reflecting on the story of Jesus fasting in the wilderness, and also exploring the relationship between food and love and how we can become more conscious about what we consume and how we consume it. […]

Vespers: Transforming Trauma (3/3)

Welcome to Vespers for Wednesday 3rd March. Tonight, Revd Vanessa Conant leads us as we explore ways we can transform the trauma and pain of the past 12 months through contemplative practice, specifically focussing on the ancient words of Psalm 131. As always, Vespers features a poem, two periods of stillness, a reflection and a […]