Contemplatives in Action
“The Son of God, by becoming flesh, summoned us to the revolution of tenderness.” Pope Francis, Evangelii gaudium
At the heart of the Ignatian tradition is the idea of being “contemplatives in action”: seeing the world through God’s eyes leads us to loving action for justice, and action leads us back to prayer.
These sessions provide an opportunity for those engaged with social justice to reflect on their experience, and deepen their understanding of Catholic social teaching. Each session has some short input, with time for group discussion, followed by personal reflection and prayer and sharing.
Thursday 17th October: Good for all, good for each: exploring the common good
Thursday 21st November: Everything is connected: what does solidarity mean for us?
Saturday 7 December, 3pm–6pm: Advent retreat afternoon: the incarnation and the revolution of tenderness
Thursday 16th January: Joined-up living: integral ecology in practice
Thursday 20th February: Acting together for good: participation and social change
Thursday 19th March: Why is social change so hard? Exploring structural sin
Saturday 4th April, 3pm–6pm: Lent retreat afternoon: the crucified God and the crucified people
Thursday 21st May: How to hope: burnout and sustainable activism
Thursday 18th June: Listening and disagreement
Thursday 16th July: Presence, befriending and boundaries
“Any revolution on the outside –any breaking down of current power structures– with no corresponding revolution in perceiving, being or thinking, will merely further destruction, genocide and ecocide. Any revolution on the inside –a revolution of the heart– which does not lead to a revolution on the outside– plays just as false.” Derrick Jensen
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