ANNUAL CLERGY RETREAT – ‘FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT’
The Annual Clergy Retreat will this year be led by Adrian Chatfield from Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th October 2017 at Wydale Hall.
Adrian served until recently on the staff of Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge. teaching Christianity and the Arts, Biblical Theology and Spirituality. Whilst there, Adrian established the Simeon Centre for Prayer and the Spiritual Life. Formerly a member of the National Fresh Expressions team, he has a passion for new ways of being church, while continuing to treasure his monastic training at Mirfield. He has also ministered in Trinidad and Johannesburg. He has written on Healing Sacraments in Doorways to the Sacred [May 2017] and is currently co-authoring a book on the Theology of Spiritual Direction.
The theme of the retreat is ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ and Adrian writes: “Paul describes the saints in 2 Thessalonians as ‘the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit.’ We will look at what it means to be ‘fruit’, how the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ illustrates the deep character of God, and how we might bear that fruit without a burden of guilt and an inordinate and tiresome striving after holiness.