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Faith in Struggle

9th February 2024, 4:00 pm to 11th February 2024, 2:00 pm


Many of us experience struggles with God. It’s not that we don’t believe in God it’s just that it doesn’t always go smoothly. These spiritual struggles can get us down and inhibit our faith.

The Bible has a whole file on God Strugglers – Jacob a prodigal son, the laments of David the psalmist, Qoheleth the mysterious preacher, Jeremiah the gloomy prophet. Even Jesus had times when he really wondered whether God was taking him in the right direction. Yet for them all such times were the source of a deeper trust in God and a resilient faith.

This retreat, led by John Rackley, will give us an opportunity to journey with these biblical God Strugglers and in the prayerful surroundings of Launde consider of some of our own spiritual struggles and offer them to God as part of our faith for his guidance and restoration.

John Rackley

John Rackley is a Baptist minister and retreat giver who is one of the duty chaplains here at Launde and contributes to our Quiet Day programme. He acts as a Supervisor for Spiritual Directors in both Leicester and Peterborough dioceses. He is currently a non-stipendiary minister with a Methodist/Baptist ecumenical church in Leicester. He writes in the Guidelines and Bible Reflection series for the Bible Reading Fellowship.

John has been drawn into an exploration of the Spirituality of Struggle through many years of pastoral ministry and trying to face some of his own times when faith has become an unstable experience.

He writes ‘I seek in this retreat to encourage us to not fear times of struggle when they come but discern in them the presence and guidance of the Lord’

Retreat price: £340 (standard room) or £370 (character room)
EARLY BIRD RATE: £320 (standard room) or £350 (character room) if booked by 1st December 2023!
Price includes en-suite accommodation, all meals, and all retreat resources.
It may be possible for you to extend your stay by arriving early.  Why not check on availability and ask for a quote when you contact us.


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    9th February 2024, 4:00 pm
    11th February 2024, 2:00 pm
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