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Stories From The Other Half Of Holy Week: Return From Exile and the Way Back In: Bodies, Land and Community
- Course Dates: Tue 7 April 2020, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.
Drawing on the Gospel narratives between Psalm Sunday and Maundy Thursday, these days offer the opportunity for learning, prayer, and reflection before the Easter weekend.
Those who wish to attend more than one day for a prolonged Holy Week retreat can stay B&B at Sarum College at a reduced educational rate.
Return From Exile and the Way Back In: Bodies, Land and Community.
Miles, the author of The Forager Handbook (2009), is a pioneer and thought-leader on foraging. Learn more about his work through his World Wild podcast
During the other half of the course, Miles will explore with us how we as people are both fallen and still falling, and how we are increasingly dissociated from our bodies, the land and community. A return from exile, or the way back in, is in trusting divine providence for sustenance, safety and satisfaction through becoming present to these three spheres of creation.
The biblical fall narrative describes the dislocation of humans from God, resulting in alienation from our bodies, each other and from land, and this theme is further developed through biblical stories of exile. This kind of separation has increased in the modern era as powerful tools – techniques and machines – eroding our reliance on and connection with the organic systems of life, further exiling us. De-contextualising systems of control are presented as the fruit of the choice of abstract over relational knowledge in the garden of Eden. However, the relational still beckons through the providence of the organic systems of life in creation: bodies, communities and landscapes.
This course – focusing on both the practical connection to land through foraging and the theological themes of exile and return – articulates a call to return to trust over control in order to become present again in and to creation and experience the depths of satisfaction, safety and belonging found in the essentially relational heart of the divine nature expressed in organic life.