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Quiet Day: Tools for Digging

5th June 2023, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


TOOLS FOR DIGGING; finding wellsprings of hope in a parched land.

‘The Lord says, “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground.” ’ (Isaiah 44.3)

Against the backdrop of the overwhelming of contemporary life & global currents, and our ever greater risk of spiritual aridity, this Quiet Day will explore ‘Tools for digging’, including contemplative prayer, Lectio Divina, Kingdom praying, and various spiritual disciplines for contemplative living, drawing on the spiritual practises of Jesus of Nazareth, as well as centuries of Christian spiritual tradition.  The metaphor of digging relates to Jesus’ parable of treasure hidden in the field, and the approach of Gerard Hughes SJ, in ‘God of Surprises’.

This Quiet day will reaffirm opportunities to live more deeply rooted in prayer, contemplative practise, and recovering a more prophetic spirituality.

Revd James Shakespeare

Revd James Shakespeare will be leading this Quiet Day.  He is a local parish priest in Cambridge, as well as Bishop’s Spirituality Adviser for the Diocese of Ely. Previously James served in the Diocese of Leicester, developing a close link with Launde Abbey, and regularly assisting with Quiet Days. James is a regular spiritual director, as well as a tertiary Franciscan. James’ particular interests include contemplative spirituality, the religious life, church-community engagement, and working cross-culturally. James enjoys walking, novels and relaxing with his family.


Quiet Day price: £44 includes lunch and coffee and tea throughout the day.
Why not think about extending your time at Launde by staying overnight after the event.  Check for availability and a quote when you contact us.


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    5th June 2023
    10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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    Launde Abbey
    East Norton Leicestershire LE7 9XB United Kingdom + Google Map
    01572 717254


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    01572 717254
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