GC Gathering, June 9-11 2017, Programme

Why not come and join us this year. We will be joined by Paul Maiteny, an ecologist, anthropologist and transpersonal counsellor, who will accompany us on an exploratory inquiry into how attention to living everyday ecologically might allow us to participate in the emergence of a planetary spiritual Life.Sometimes Paul describes this as ‘Teilhardian’ work. But, fear not! This weekend will not involve any intellectual study of Teilhard’s work. He was passionate and poetic. But we will not be studying that either. If anything, the usual stereotypes about Teilhard will be blown away!

This will be an embodied weekend looking at how we actually live and want to live, and drawing also on Pope Francis’ encyclical, “On Concern for Our Common Home”. We will focus on how we might live along the lines of what he said, so putting his work into practice. As he said, “If I have had a mission to fulfil, it will only be possible to judge whether I have accomplished it by the extent to which others go beyond me…” He wanted people to actually live as if “(t)he consciousness of each of us is evolution looking at itself and reflecting upon itself”.

This will be an exploration of our everyday living as expression of embodied contemporary discipleship.

Guiding questions might include:

  • What do we need to live, and why?
  • What keeps us in our current ways of living and what does it do to us?
  • How might we live as Members? Everyday participation in planetary Life? What helps and hinders us?

Chris Walton GC Chaplain who will be jointly leading the weekend

The Weekend Programme


After supper: Introductory orientation to the weekend.


8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast
9.30 – 11.00 What do we need to live? The basics of life, including video.
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee
11.30 – 1.00 Engaging in our lives. What keeps us living as we do…and what does it do to us? Including video
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.30 – 4.00 Reading signs for our lives from the Book of Nature. Contemplative walk
4.00 – 4.30 Tea
4.30 – 6.00 How might we Live as Members? Everyday participation in planetary Life? What helps and hinders us? Including Pope Francis’ ‘On Concern for Our Common Home’
6.00 Dinner and social


8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast
9.30 – 11.00 Open inquiry session
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee
11.30 – 1.00 Worship:
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch and finish

Please complete the   booking-form and send to chrisclownwalton@gmail.com or Green Christian Gathering, 59 Hill Road, Glapwell, Chesterfield S44 5LX, or phone Chris on 07881941296

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