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March 30, 2012 @ 2:52 am

Lent 5: Call and response by Vanessa Elston

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In this final session of the Moot Lent Course 2012 at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary in the CIty of London, Vanessa Elston explores the theme of Call and response.

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March 23, 2012 @ 8:59 am

Lent 4: A door has been opened and a room prepared by Vanessa Elston

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In this fourth podcast of Lent 2012, Vanessa Elston continues this years Moot at St Mary Aldermary Lentern season with a reflection on the title 'A door has been opened and a room prepared'.

Christian silence seeks an openness to the divine that is personal, in Christ who ‘emptied himself of all but love.’ Self emptying kenotic love is therefore a fulfillment of the true self, which, traditionally, is held to have the capacity to rejoice eternally without losing specific personality. Moreover, Christianity believes that the world is real and redeemable – and that therefore ‘personality’, as part of that whole, is sustainable. Sara Maitland

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March 18, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

lent 3: Hunger and Thirst

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In this third podcast of Lent 2012, Vanessa Elston continues this years Moot at St Mary Aldermary Lentern season with a reflection on the title ‘Hunger and Thirst’.

The product … is people who are really there; perhaps it’s a simple as that. What Benedict is interested in producing is people who have the skills to diagnose all inside them that prompts them to escape from themselves in the here and now. Just as much as in the literature of the desert – despite his insistence that he is working on a different and lower level – Benedict regards monastic life as a discipline for being where you are, rather than taking refuge in the infinite smallness of your own fantasies. Rowan Williams

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March 7, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

Lent 2: Loosing and finding ourselves in the desert by Vanessa Elston

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In this second podcast of Lent 2012, Vanessa Elston continues this years Moot at St Mary Aldermary Lentern season with a reflection on the title 'Loosing and finding ourselves in the desert' – the nature of  'self' and our relationship to ourselves.

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March 1, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

Lent 1: Invitation to silence, soltitude and human becoming by Vanessa Elston

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In this first podcast of Lent 2012, Vanessa Elston starts this years Moot at St Mary Aldermary Lentern season with a reflection on the title 'An Invitation to silence, solitude and human becoming'.

“As we grow up our minds grow more complex and more settled in their orbits.  We spend so much of our adult energies thinking, planning, worrying, trying to get ahead or stay afloat, that we lose touch with that natural intimacy with God deep within us.  The gift of silence gradually recedes in the face of the demands of daily life, so that when we do re-encounter contemplative prayer as adults, it may seem like a strange and inaccessible inner terrain.  With some effort, we can stop the outer noise.  Silent walks in the woods, Lenten and Advent quiet days at the local church, or a retreat at a monastery are wonderful ways of doing just that.  But stopping the inner noise is another matter.  Even when the outer world has been wrestled into silence, we still go right on talking, worrying, arguing with ourselves, day-dreaming, fantasizing.  To encounter those deeper reaches of our being, where our own life is constantly  flowing out of and back into the divine life; what first seems to be needed is some sort of interior on/off switch to tone down the inner talking as well."  (Cynthia Bourgeault, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening)

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