We shall hear a story about the popular Muslim folk hero Nasruddi, who is turned away from a magnificent banquet, only to be quickly ushered in again later once he reappears wearing a splendid coat of many colours. The moral is that honour and dignity were heaped on apparel which was in fact hollow and empty, while the person inside was slighted and ignored. This might lead us to consider our own life and our shallow preoccupation with vanity while there might be a need for inner renewal and authenticity.
Led by Tom Grimshaw. All welcome.
“Love overflows into all things,
From out of the depths to above the highest stars;
And so Love overflows into all best beloved, most loving things,
Because She has given to the highest King
The Kiss of Peace.”
In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Hildegard von Bingen a Doctor of the Church, a Catholic holy title held by only four women. Who was this woman who was so honoured by the Church more than 800 years after her death?
Described by contemporary creation spirituality theologian Matthew Fox as “herald of the divine feminine, green prophet, church reformer” who “represents the big link between Christian spirituality and pre-patriarchial spiritualities,” Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was abbess, artist, composer, counsellor, healer, herbalist, poet, preacher, theologian and visionary.
Join us to experience some of the many ways the grandmother of the Rhineland mystical movement speaks to us today.
Our explorations will run over 5 sessions, but each session will be stand-alone so you are welcome to attend just as many as you can.
Week 1 – Tuesday 8 January
Hildegard the composer
Exploring her music
Join us for a bring and share gathering on the theme of gifts to celebrate Epiphany, the Feast of Manifestation, which commemorates the visit of the Magi to the newborn Jesus.
Please feel free to bring poems, songs, readings or other offerings to share with the group.
Facilitated by Laura Dobson. All welcome.
“Grandmother Wisdom, open the door.
Grandfather Counsel, come you in.
Let there be welcome to the ancient lore.
In cold and darkness you are traveling,
Under crystal skies you will arrive.
May the blessed time of Samhain
Clarify the souls of all beings,
Bringing joy and wisdom to revelation.
From the depths to the heights,
From the heights to the depths,
In the cave of every soul.”
Time, Thresholds and Liminal Spaces: a Celtic service led by Ellada Titane. All welcome.