Although the CTBI/Shoreline Lent Course is principally designed for small ecumenical groups, it is equally suitable for you to use for your personal reflections during Lent (or indeed at any time).
What you will require is a ‘Pilgrimage’ conversation pack and its companion ‘Edition’ to provide a shape and a thematic guide for your spiritual journey through Lent.
Each week highlights some aspect of a pilgrim journey, which also has echoes in our everyday experience. For example, ‘Taking and Leaving’ could not only refer to decisions made by individuals embarking on a physical journey and who cannot carry everything with them – it could also remind us of the choices each of us has to make, throughout life’s journey, of what to retain and what to leave behind.
The invitation is to reflect and pray through the booklets provided and anything else that comes to your attention, which seems relevant to the theme of the week. Part of this could be the further supplementary stimulus material will be released regularly through the website. There are also BBC Radio 4 and local radio programmes to be broadcast during Lent which will also take up the pilgrimage theme.
The idea is to let the weekly theme populate your mind and heart and as you go along, bring to your prayer whatever emerges as significant and jot down for yourself what you would like to retain or remember for the future. The booklets provide ample space to become a sort of spiritual journal, which you can read through at the end to see where you have travelled.
We do hope that you enjoy this experience and would appreciate any feedback you would like to provide in response – perhaps about the quality of the material and its capacity to evoke and engage.
SET OUT ON THE PILGRIMAGE
Welcome to the 2016 CTBI Lent course
The CTBI Lent Course 2016 represents a departure in style and format from that offered in previous years. Each week, we are invited to gather in groups for reflection and spiritual conversation around a series of themes drawn from the overarching title of Pilgrimage’. The idea is that we embark on a spiritual journey through Lent, both alone and in company, sharing with others our personal reflections, stories and insights.
The notion of ‘Pilgrimage’ is presented in the form of collections of sayings, images, wisdom and prayers from a variety of sources, which are gathered into a pack of seven conversation booklets suitable for personal and group use. Each member of a group will need their own copy of the pack, which will be used as a personal journal.
The Open Road
Where the invitation is to undertake a particular kind of journey, a sacred journey which involves both inner and outer dimensions. As we set out, what is our desire, or longing?
GO TO WEEK ONE
Taking and Leaving
Focus on choice. How do we choose what to keep, what we require for inner vitality and balance, and what to leave behind, things which may once have helped us but we now find burdensome and obstructive?
GO TO WEEK TWO
Where the invitation is to become more attentive to our surroundings Where are the signs of God’s presence around us? How do we stay open to new insights?
GO TO WEEK THREE
Alone and Together
Focuses on our relationships with others. In our search for ‘unity in diversity’, how do we learn from ‘the other’? What does it mean to be separate yet ‘one’?
GO TO WEEK FOUR
Living with Uncertainty
Where we think of times of alienation and separation that are common to us all. How do we live with unanswered questions? From where do we find hope?
GO TO WEEK FIVE
Where we are invited to contemplate the mystery of God at the heart of the Christian experience. Each step on the journey illuminates more questions, for example: what is the nature of suffering?
GO TO WEEK SIX
When we contemplate the significance of our pilgrim journey for the future. What people, networks, ideas, insights have we discovered that will continue to inspire us?
GO TO WEEK SEVEN