Waiting in Expectant Silence – Advent and the birth of the Word within us
Date and Time
Mon 16 Dec
- December 16, 2019
1:05 pm - 1:55 pm
Waiting in Expectant Silence –
Advent and the birth of the Word within us
The season of Advent doesn’t simply point us towards something extraordinary that happened 2000 years ago. We are invited to prepare ourselves to experience the birth of the Word that is happening right now, within each of us.
In this session, Chris will explore how contemplative prayer helps prepare the ground for this birth within us. And what the implications of this birth are for how we live our lives together – because the birth of God’s Word must be the birth of compassion.
Advent is a time of waiting, of anticipation, of preparation, of promise. The promise of something that will challenge everything we know. This ‘advent waiting’ is far from being something entirely passive. Advent waiting is an active, expectant waiting, a listening that is also a loving consent. It is our collaboration in an infinitely creative act.
“The birth of the Word within us is the flowering of awareness, the light which shines in the darkness, the joining of heaven and earth. It is to know that God is hopelessly in love with you.”
About the Speaker:
Chris was introduced to meditation in the Christian tradition at 19 when living at the Benedictine Monastery of Prinknash Abbey, spent a period as COO of WCCM, the World Community for Christian Meditation, and regularly gives talks and leads retreats across the UK.
He is also a Partner and Head of Education Law at Anthony Collins Solicitors.
This event will be accessible to Christians of all denominations and to people of all faiths and none.
There will be no charge for the event and people are invited to bring their own lunch.