Brigg, Louth, Market Rasen and 'Woodhall Spa and Horncastle' Communities of Enquiry.

Brigg, Louth, Market Rasen and 'Woodhall Spa & Horncastle' Communities of Enquiry.

1. “The Cloud of Unknowing” : an Introduction to Contemplative Prayer.

2. “Faith and Reason” : an Introduction to Christian Philosophy; exploring Questions such as, “Can we PROVE that God exists?”

3. “Lectio Divina” : Prayer in the ancient Monastic Tradition.

4. “Faith Seeking Understanding” : an Introduction to Christian Theology; exploring Questions such as, “Who IS ‘God’, anyway?”

5. Centering Prayer : following the Trappist teaching of Thomas Keating.
 
6. The Doctrine of the Trinity : exploring Classical and Contemporary views on this essential Christian teaching.
 
7. Christian Meditation : following the Benedictine teaching of John Main.

8. Bible Study : an easy Introduction to Books of the New Testament.

9. “Hear Our Silence” : following Carthusian teaching on Prayer.

10. Chanting the Psalms for Beginners : different styles and traditions explained and explored.
 
If you are interested in any/some/all of Items 1 to 10 above, OR any other Topics, and/or joining old/starting new Communities or for  more information or further discussion, please contact

Deacon James Hunter email: james.hunter200@btinternet.com

N.B. “Communities of Enquiry” normally comprise larger, Church Hall groups, or smaller, House groups, of two to seven members, meeting on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Where there is a “group” of “one”, Spiritual Direction and one-to-one Formation can be given. The “Community of Enquiry” approach is NOT that of other typical “Study Groups” or “Workshops”, nor does it involve “academic lecturing”. Instead, the “Community of Enquiry” approach seeks to foster bonds of spiritual fellowship, friendship, solidarity and community, through the activities of Reading together, Questioning, Teaching, Sharing, Discussion, Practice and Prayer (where applicable). The time-frame is one of “slow-cook” rather than “fast-food”, and depends on one’s “availability”, rather than one’s “ability”, whilst, at the same time, offering scope for “adult” Christian growth.
 

Woodhall Communuites of Enquiry.

 

Schema for Brigg and Market Rasen along with Structures for Louth and Woodhall Communuites of Enquiry.

Members attend as often as they can, at both Brigg and Market Rasen, as far as practicable. If you cannot manage the whole day, you are welcome to come to the morning or afternoon session, or indeend at any time during the course of the day, according to the times stipulated for each topic that you can manage.

 

04.07.15 Note - In view of the impending moving around of priests, etc, members of the Brigg & Market Rasen Community of Enquiry have requested that we meet at Market Rasen only, at least for the time being.

Therefore, the next three Community of Enquiry meetings will be at Holy Rood Presbytery, Market Rasen, from 9.00 am till 12.45 pm on Saturday 1st August 2015, Sat 5th September, and Sat 3rd October (ie every first Saturday of each month).

 

For Brigg, starting on the FIRST Saturday, in June, and then August, October, December, February, April, then June (again!), and so on, EVERY YEAR, from YEAR ON YEAR.  the DAY will comprise the following:-

 

We meet from 9.00am till 5.00pm in St Mary's Presbytery, Barnard Avenue, Brigg DN20 8AS, for a full Study and Recollection Day.

 

9.00am:  Arrive for “cuppa” and welcome

 

9.30am: “Faith and Reason” (1): an “accessible” Introduction to Philosophy of Religion; exploring Questions such as, “Can we PROVE that God exists?”

 

11.00am: Break

 

11.15am: “Lectio Divina” - the Sacred Art" - Prayer in the ancient Monastic Tradition

 

12.45pm: Lunch – Bring OWN “Packed Lunch”. Drinks  be provided

 

1.15pm: Bible Study: “Acts” - an easy introduction to Books of the New Testament

 

2.45pm: Break

 

3.00pm: Chanting the Psalms for Beginners (“He who prays, singing, prays twice!”- St Augustine)

 

4.30pm: Clearing away, washing up, etc - “ALL HANDS to the PUMPS!”- and farewells

 

5.00pm: Departure

 

 

 

For Market Rasen, therefore, starting on the FIRST Saturday, in May, then July, September, November, January, March, then May (AGAIN!), and so on, throughout the year, from year to year  the DAY will comprise the following:-

 

We meet from 9.00am till 5.00pm, in Holy Rood Presbytery, King Street (opp Red Lion), Market Rasen LN8 3BB for a full study and recollection day.

 

9.00am: Arrive for “cuppa” and welcome

 

9.30am: “Faith and Reason” (2): an “accessible” Introduction to Philosophy for Understanding Theology; exploring HOW Jewish and Greek Thought MEET UP in the Person of Christ (nb bring pen and paper to write down Questions for “Question and Answer Time”, during the last 30 minutes)

 

11.00am: Break

 

11.15am: Centering Prayer following the Trappist teaching of Thomas Keating

 

12.45pm: Lunch – bring OWN “Packed Lunch” drinks provided

 

1.15pm: Bible Study: an easy Introduction to “Romans”

 

2.45pm: Break

 

3.00pm: ”The Cloud of Unknowing” : an Introduction to Contemplative Prayer

 

4.30pm: Clearing away, washing up, etc – “ALL HANDS to the PUMPS!” – and farewells

 

5.00pm: Departure

 

 

Brigg Community of Enquiry meets on the FIRST Saturday in June, August, October, December, February, April, then June (AGAIN!),  and so on, EVERY YEAR, from YEAR ON YEAR.

 

Market Rasen Community of Enquiry meets on the FIRST Saturday in May, July, September, November, January, March, then May (AGAIN!), and so on, THROUGHOUT the YEAR, from YEAR ON YEAR.

 

Dear All, it is important to remember that it is the “Brigg AND Market Rasen COMMUNITY of Enquiry” (NB “Community” SINGULAR), so it goes without saying, that, on “Brigg Days”, Market Rasen will visit Brigg, and on “Market Rasen Days”, Brigg will visit Market Rasen, as will  members of the “Louth Community of Enquiry”, as the “syllabus” for Market Rasen is DISTINCT from BOTH Louth AND Brigg, and ENHANCES these!  Woodhall Spa and Horncastle welcome to attend.

 

“Louth Community of Enquiry”, at present, is exploring the following Topics, on Thursdays, :-

 

* Bible Study: an easy Introduction to “Acts of the Apostles”

 

* “Lectio Divina”: Prayer in the ancient Monastic Tradition

 

* “Hear Our Silence” : following Carthusian teaching on Prayer

 

* Chanting the Psalms for Beginners: different styles and traditions explained and explored (“He who prays, singing, prays twice!”-St Augustine)

 

 

Woodhall and Horncastle Communities of Enquiry”, at present, are exploring the following Topics, in five small Groups:-

 

* Bible Study: an easy Introduction to “Acts of the Apostles”

 

* “The Cloud of Unknowing”: an Introduction to Contemplative Prayer

 

* “Hear Our Silence”: following Carthusian teaching on Prayer

 

* Christian Meditation : following the Benedictine teaching of John Main

 

In Louth, we use the “small room” at the Church Hall, which seats about TEN people.

 

In Woodhall and Horncastle we meet in people’s Homes and the Parish Hall

 

In Market Rasen, I have asked for any “smaller room”, in the Church Hall, for greater “intimacy”. I would NOT expect LARGE numbers, at ANY of these venues.

 

In my experience, as a “Secular Carmelite” for many years, even with as many as “16 Members” in our Carmelite Community, in practice, ACTUAL MONTHLY ATTENDANCE averaged about 8.

 

For Brigg, I would ask for the same as for Market Rasen.

 

Please let us ALL keep in touch, on a regular basis, or DELEGATE this regular “communication” and “liaison” work to suitable members of our Parishes.

 

I remain, ever yours, “in the Lord’s Vineyard(s!)”,

 

Deacon James Hunter

 Book List & Information.

 

Brigg & Market Rasen Community of Enquiry Book List & Information. 

For Brigg on 1st Saturdays of June, August, October, December, February, April, then June (AGAIN!),:-

 

Topic: “Faith and Reason (1)”

Book: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, Third Edition, by Brian Davies 

Topic: Lectio Divina

Book: Lectio Divina – The Sacred Art, by Christine Valters Paintner

Topic: The Acts of the Apostles

Books: Acts for Everyone, Part 1, Chapters 1-12, by Tom Wright

 AND  For Everyone Bible Study Guides, Acts, by Tom Wright

Topic: Chanting the Psalms for Beginners

Book: Chanting the Psalms, by Cynthia Bourgeault

NB ALL of the above are available, either NEW, with DISCOUNTS, or SECOND HAND from Amazon UK

Google “Amazon UK”, and press “Enter”

Click on “Books”, with mouse

Type in Author’s Name, and press “Enter”

Type in FULL Title of Book, and press “Enter”

Look up and down the list shown for “New” and “Second  Hand”  BARGAINS.

Remember, the EARLIER you order, IN ADVANCE, the BIGGER the discounts!

The Books for the Topics, above, will be used over a period of some TWO, THREE or FOUR YEARS, depending on the duration of each, respective Topic!

I shall provide photocopied hand-outs for the First Saturdays in July, August, September, and October.  

After that, I shall expect participants to “chip in”, together, to buy copies and/or share copies, which they, or the Parish, have purchased to share/lend out. ALL participants will need access to Books, for BOTH Brigg AND Market Rasen, as they will be expected to ATTEMPT MOST First Saturdays, of the Year, in BOTH Market Rasen and Brigg, and, if , and when, absent, to “catch-up” by reading at home. The idea is to “attempt everything, all of the time”, in order to succeed in “most things, most of the time”.  If someone misses any ONE month, then there is ALWAYS the OTHER month, at the OTHER venue! It would be UNWISE to ONLY attempt Brigg OR Market Rasen, to the EXCLUSION of the OTHER venue, as any absence would, therefore entail an overall absence of FOUR MONTHS, by which time all sense of spiritual “rhythm” or “cohesion” would be lost. The Community “fellowship” is at least as important, for spiritual growth, as the specific “content” of the Day. I speak from MANY YEARS’ experience as a Secular Discalced Carmelite, meeting with my Secular Carmelite Community for one day a month: TREMENDOUS GROWTH ensues from this!

 

For Market Rasen on 1st Saturdays of May, July, September, November, January, March, then May (AGAIN!), :-

 

Topic: “Faith and Reason (2)”

Books:  Philosophy for Understanding Theology, by Diogenes Allen

 AND    Primary Readings in Philosophy for Understanding Theology, by Diogenes Allen

Topic: Centering Prayer

Book: Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, by Cynthia Bourgeault

Topic: Paul for Everyone: Romans Part 1, Chapters 1-8 (Paperback), by Tom Wright

  AND  For Everyone Bible Study Guides: Romans (Paperback), by Tom Wright

Topic: “The Cloud of Unknowing”, an Introduction to Contemplative Prayer

Books: The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works (Penguin Classics), Translated by A. Spearing

 AND   Strike the Cloud, by Graeme Watson

NB ALL FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, as BEFORE (see, above)

Brigg & Market Rasen Community of Enquiry meetings 

 

1. Sat 4th April 2015: NO MEETING due to it being Holy Saturday

2. Sat 2nd May: meeting at Market Rasen (instead of Brigg), following Market Rasen Programme.

3. Sat 6th June: meeting at Brigg, following Brigg Programme.

All being well, we shall alternate, as above, for the foreseeable future, as follows:-

4. First Saturday in July: meeting at Market Rasen

5. First Saturday in August: meeting at Brigg

6. first Saturday in September : meeting at Market Rasen

7. First Saturday in October: meeting at Market Rasen
 
8. First Saturday in November: meeting at Market Rasen

7. First Saturday in December: meeting at Brigg

8. First Saturday in January (2016): meeting at Market Rasen

9. First Saturday in February: meeting at Brigg

10. First Saturday in March: meeting at Market Rasen

11. First Saturday in April: meeting at Brigg

12. First Saturday in May: meeting at Market Rasen (again!)