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Being Human in the Church and the World- Living Creatively Between an Inflexible Church and Secular World

This workshop, led by Jeremy Young, is designed for any, whether inside, outside or on the edge of the Church, who wish to develop a truly human and psychologically healthy relationship both to the Christian spiritual tradition and to the secular context in which they live and work, whilst maintaining their own integrity. 

Jeremy writes: “Jesus promised to give us life abundant. Ideally, being in the Church should help that promise become a reality, but frequently this is not so. Too often we are offered a restricted form of life requiring us to deny or repress important aspects of our characters or mental outlooks in order to belong. At the same time, from the outside, the Church as an institution appears to be stuck in a time warp, obsessed with questions of hierarchy or liturgy or sexuality or gender while neglecting many pressing issues of peace and justice. Furthermore, very often Christians trying to live faithfully in an increasingly secular society, which is largely ignorant of the spiritual depths to be found in the Christian tradition, find themselves unsupported by the Church and embarrassed by its institutional disassociation from contemporary life.

In this workshop we will be investigating the tension between belonging to the Church and the secular world. How can we be fully human in the world and also belong to the Church? How do we develop a positive spirituality of life in the world when we are so often being undermined by Church institutions and utterances? How can we maintain and live out positive Christian values and beliefs which are frequently at odds with secular norms?”

Jeremy Young is an Anglican priest, systemic family therapist and published poet. He is a former Director of Pastoral and Practical Theology at the Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin and a past Chairman of the Guild of Pastoral Psychology. He is the author of ‘The Cost of Certainty’ and ‘The Violence of God and the War on Terror’. In his work as both a priest and a psychotherapist he himself has wrestled with the difficulties of living fully as a human being in the Church and in the secular world.

Led by: Jeremy Young

Please arrive by 6pm on Friday. Course ends with lunch on Sunday.

 This workshop, led by Jeremy Young, is designed for any, whether inside, outside or on the edge of the Church, who wish to develop a truly human and psychologically healthy relationship both to the Christian spiritual tradition and to the secular context in which they live and work, whilst maintaining their own integrity. 

Jeremy writes: “Jesus promised to give us life abundant. Ideally, being in the Church should help that promise become a reality, but frequently this is not so. Too often we are offered a restricted form of life requiring us to deny or repress important aspects of our characters or mental outlooks in order to belong. At the same time, from the outside, the Church as an institution appears to be stuck in a time warp, obsessed with questions of hierarchy or liturgy or sexuality or gender while neglecting many pressing issues of peace and justice. Furthermore, very often Christians trying to live faithfully in an increasingly secular society, which is largely ignorant of the spiritual depths to be found in the Christian tradition, find themselves unsupported by the Church and embarrassed by its institutional disassociation from contemporary life.

In this workshop we will be investigating the tension between belonging to the Church and the secular world. How can we be fully human in the world and also belong to the Church? How do we develop a positive spirituality of life in the world when we are so often being undermined by Church institutions and utterances? How can we maintain and live out positive Christian values and beliefs which are frequently at odds with secular norms?”

Jeremy Young is an Anglican priest, systemic family therapist and published poet. He is a former Director of Pastoral and Practical Theology at the Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin and a past Chairman of the Guild of Pastoral Psychology. He is the author of ‘The Cost of Certainty’ and ‘The Violence of God and the War on Terror’. In his work as both a priest and a psychotherapist he himself has wrestled with the difficulties of living fully as a human being in the Church and in the secular world.

 

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Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

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