These are Ray's upcoming events. If you would like to book Ray to come and speak at an event you're planning, get in touch here.
28th May 2013 - 18th Jun 2013
Tues 28th - Sat 1st at Barb Hudspith's Elmwood, Ontario
Sun 2nd - Fri 7th at Tyndal University College and Seminary Toronto
Sat 8th - Wed 12th in Toronto:
on Retreat with Green Witness Community,
speaking at The Church of the Epiphany and St Mark
visiting Jeremiah Community worship 'River'
Thurs 13th - Mon 17th Ottowa
Various events and meetings.
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EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS AND UK'S FUTURE
22nd Aug 2013, 4:00pm
St. John's Church Hall Princes Street Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ.
A talk, book launch, discussion and meditation on
Celebrating 1300 years of The Lindisfarne Gospels - 'the book that made Britain' (Sunday Times).
The Lindisfarne Gospels
contain the earliest surviving translation of the Gospels into English
are dedicated to St Cuthbert who established Edinburgh ’s first church nearby
reveal an amazing blend of Scots, Saxon, Roman, Coptic and Muslim influences
may be a first ‘manifesto’ of a truly British church.
tell the amazing story of the Gospels
discuss how they may inform Scotland’s independence debate and inspire
meditate on the portraits of the Four Gospel writers as archetypes of the
Warrior, Magus, Lover and King
sign copies of his new book The Lindisfarne Gospels available from Cornerstone bookshop next door.
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ST. BRELADES FESTIVAL OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY, JERSEY
18th Sep 2013 - 22nd Sep 2013, 12:00am
St. Brelade's, churches, halls, gardens Jersey, JE3 8EP
Following a fish and chip supper on Wednesday evening and media interviews on Thursday an exhibition opens on St. Aubins on the Hill followed by a film and supper evening.
Friday 20 September: Retreat Day with Ray Simpson in Fisherman's Chapel: 'Reclaiming the Soil of Wisdom' and evening worship concert,
Saturday 21 September: Teaching Day with Ray Simpson at Communicare Centre on Celtic Spirituality - growing Roots, Rhythms and Relationships. 10.0am - 3.30 pm.
Plus other workshops and an evening Romantic Comedy on The God Particle
Sunday 22 September 1030 Parish Eucharist at St. Brelades Ray Simpson preaches.
Celtic Evening Prayer in Fisherman's Chapel 6.30 pm
'WISDOM FOR THE JOURNEY' LINDISFARNE
21st Oct 2013 - 25th Oct 2013
The Open Gate, TD15 2SE
Insights from Aboriginal, Celtic and Contemporary sources.
Led by Rev Ray Simpson and Matt Lamont of the Community of Aidan and Hilda, Australia.
Retreat price £180 (excludes B&B rates)
The Wisdom tradition with its roots in Hebrew Scripture, feminine images of the Divine and Christian mysticism, is largely neglected in mainstream Christianity though resonates with contemporary spiritual yearnings with its universal non-materialist themes, contemplative spirit and focus on ‘how to live’ rather than ‘what to believe’. Last year the idea emerged of facilitating a 4-5 day retreat on Lindisfarne as part of the annual retreat program in order to explore this further with a group of retreatants. This is a rare opportunity to learn from Ray’s vast experience of Celtic spirituality and retreat leadership in an ecumenical environment and also for Matt to bring what he can to the topic of ‘wisdom’. Matt has agreed that he will facilitate sessions in the spirit of a ‘novice practitioner’ on the Wisdom of Silence, Wisdom in Sacred Images, Wisdom of Grasstrees (Xanthorrea species) and Wisdom of the Circle. Ray will bring material from the Celtic tradition focussing on Celtic symbols such as the Oak and notable Celtic Saints. He suggests that together they model the Wisdom of Friendship and also where appropriate Matt will offer relevant Aboriginal insights and also draw from Quaker insights.
(If anyone feels they would like financial assistance to help Matt in co facilitating this retreat, please let us know)
PRAYING WITH THE ARCHETYPES, NORWAY
31st Oct 2013 - 3rd Nov 2013, 2:00pm
Lia Gard, Kopping, Norway, 2481
Led by Oyvind Borgso, an esteemed body prayer exercise master, and Ray Simpson.
Following an introduction to holistic Celtic Christian spirituality retreants will be introduced to gentle body prayer exercises, and to praying with the Four Archetypes of Warrior, Shaper, Lover and King/Queen. There is mostly silence and a chance to have a personal spiritual direction session.