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Living on the Edge

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 can appear 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.

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? How can we maintain and live out positive Christian values and beliefs 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: Revd Jeremy Young

Please arrive for 6pm Friday. The 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 can appear 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.

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? How can we maintain and live out positive Christian values and beliefs 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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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.