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The Engaged Spirituality of Jesus

How does one introduce John Bell? A spiritual leader, a preacher, a music-maker, a broadcaster? He is all this and much much more, as experienced by those who have taken part in one of his previous Ammerdown retreats: “John has nourished my soul. He combines a true love and knowledge of the scriptures with thought-provoking honesty and integrity mixed with wonderful warmth and humour”; “Shared thinking outside the box; great story telling to illustrate points; warm and engaging interaction”.

This year, John will be leading a mid-week retreat exploring the spirituality of Jesus. He writes: “For many people, Jesus' spirituality consists of him occasionally going into the hills to be alone. Undoubtedly that was one of his practices, but not the only one. The fact that he was able to connect with so many people of different social backgrounds and intellectual capacities and speak to them clearly about God suggests that there were other things which nourished his inner life. His use of the Psalms – probably vastly different from ours – may be a starting point. But there may also be something in his interactive engagement with people who kept faith when illness, poverty or discrimination could have embittered them against God. We do not meet a guru in Jesus, but an incarnate, rooted saviour. In this retreat we will reflect on what fed his spirituality in the hope that we might find some clues as to how we can nourish ours.”

Led by: John Bell

Please arrive 6pm Monday. Retreat ends mid-morning on Friday.

How does one introduce John Bell? A spiritual leader, a preacher, a music-maker, a broadcaster? He is all this and much much more, as experienced by those who have taken part in one of his previous Ammerdown retreats: “John has nourished my soul. He combines a true love and knowledge of the scriptures with thought-provoking honesty and integrity mixed with wonderful warmth and humour”; “Shared thinking outside the box; great story telling to illustrate points; warm and engaging interaction”.

This year, John will be leading a mid-week retreat exploring the spirituality of Jesus. He writes: “For many people, Jesus' spirituality consists of him occasionally going into the hills to be alone. Undoubtedly that was one of his practices, but not the only one. The fact that he was able to connect with so many people of different social backgrounds and intellectual capacities and speak to them clearly about God suggests that there were other things which nourished his inner life. His use of the Psalms – probably vastly different from ours – may be a starting point. But there may also be something in his interactive engagement with people who kept faith when illness, poverty or discrimination could have embittered them against God. We do not meet a guru in Jesus, but an incarnate, rooted saviour. In this retreat we will reflect on what fed his spirituality in the hope that we might find some clues as to how we can nourish ours.”

Reflect with John Bell on what fed Jesus’ spirituality and nourish your own spirituality in the process.

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Special offers:

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)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.