Reflect ... Momentum

This week I led a retreat for the Reflect network in the glorious setting of the gardens and hills of Yorkshire's Parcevall Hall. The theme was: 'Ancient Prayer Practices for a Post Christian World: learning from saints, seasons and soul friends'.

Parcivall Hall's owner. Sir William Milner, bequeathed it to the Walsingham Shrine Estate in Norfolk. I believe that estate now leases the public gardens to Britain's Royal Horticultural Society and the Retreat House to West Yorkshire with Leeds Church of England Diocese, as locals like to call it.

Sir William Milner bequeathed Parcevall Hall to the estate of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk. I believe this now leases the public gardens to Britain's Royal Horticultural Society, and the retreat house to the Church of England Diocese of West Yorkshire with Leeds, as locals like to call it.

Reflect is the spirituality and retreats network of the Methodist Church in Britain www.reflectretreats.co.uk It hosts a Pilgrimage to Coventry on 18 November. Parcevall Hall itself has an interesting Friends' Newsletter, which includes notes, prayers, and reflections, including this quotation from Henri Nouwen:

' Hospitality means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy... Hospitality is not a subtle invitation o adopt the lifestyle of the host, but the gift of a chance for the guest to find his or her own.'

I struggled with a cough throughout. But unlike Theresa May I went well supplied with medications! Now I will try not to cough my way through a Berwick Literary Festival event - since I am a ssteward.

Posted at 17:57pm on 19th October 2017