Dave Tomlinson

Many people feel failures when it comes to praying. This retreat is an antidote to failure. It assumes that we do all pray in various ways – whether or not we call it prayer – and that no one’s prayers are superior or inferior to anyone else’s. Drawing on contemporary songs, art, and Dave’s new
book OMG! A Bad Christian’s Book of Prayers, we will face honestly the problems surrounding prayer in a world of horrible pain and suffering, drawing on scripture, science and common sense. We will also contemplate what science may tell us about prayer and whether praying can have
any effect. We will also explore the many ways that prayer can be expressed apart from words: Through the enjoyment of music, art and poetry; by making a walk in the park or the countryside a spiritual practice; with the help of icons, symbols and silence; in our approach to work, friendship, gardening, seeking justice, serving others… life; breath as prayer. And there will be workshop time on writing your own prayers.

Sessions will be interactive, based around multi-media presentations and Q&A – in a playful, fun atmosphere. Come willing to question, debate and receive fresh insight. Non-Christians will find it inclusive and nondogmatic, recognising that no individuals or faith groups have a corner on the experience or understanding of prayer.

If you would like to attend, but the cost of the ticket is a difficulty for you, then contact Phil in confidence about a bursary to help with the cost.

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