Welcoming the Wounded: Landings UK lecture at Farm Street

Sharing our spiritual journeys: Landings UK
Sharing our spiritual journeys: Landings UK

Farm Street Jesuit Church in London has announced that it will host the Inaugural Landings Lecture, given by Fr Christopher Jamison OSB, in March. His lecture will ask how Catholic parishes can welcome those who feel spiritually wounded.

Landings UK is for anyone who is thinking about returning to the Catholic Church.  A small group made up of a mixture of active and returning Catholics meets weekly for a few weeks for up to two hours to share their spiritual journeys and to discuss a theme related to Catholic faith. The weekly sessions end with a celebration, determined by the group, such as a retreat, a meal or a liturgy.

“Landings is a place of compassionate listening,” explains Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community who is the Director of Landings UK. “The group listens respectfully and without judgement to one another’s faith story and reflections on the theme, viewing each as something uniquely personal and sacred. Participants are invited to be honest and open about struggles with their faith and to share – in confidence – only what they feel comfortable sharing.”

The Church of the Good SamaritanFr Christopher Jamison OSB

Fr Christopher Jamison OSB (right) is a Benedictine monk (he was the Abbot of Worth Abbey in West Sussex), a writer and a broadcaster.  He became well-known through the BBC TV series The Monastery, which was followed by the BBC Two documentary The Big Silence in 2010. This was filmed at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales and followed several ordinary people as they explored the value and challenge of silent meditation. He currently works as the Director for the National Office of Vocation. In his Landings Lecture, he will ask: How can a Catholic parish welcome the spiritually wounded? What does it take to be a place of healing?

The Inaugural Landings Lecture by Fr Jamison will be entitled Welcoming the Wounded - Becoming the Church of the Good Samaritan, and will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at Farm Street Church Hall, 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH. To book a place, contact Scott McCoombe at farmstreetoffice@rcdow.org.uk or on (020)-7529-4829. The recommended donation is £7.

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