It is rather strange to be writing this introduction to the Autumn edition of Guild News while we are in the middle of a heatwave! But, such is the joy of the British climate, that we know that a change is always just round the corner; I wonder what the weather is like now where you are reading this?! I hope that as you leaf through the articles, you will find something to support and interest you, and that you will be able to attend one of our events over the next few months. As director, meeting Guild members is a central part of my role, and intrinsic in shaping our activities as we look ahead, so do please be in touch if you would like to organise a healing event in your area.
Recently, I went on a walking retreat around central London led by the spiritual writer and broadcaster Brian Draper. I admit I found it hard to leave my desk, still my mind, and allow myself to be in nature and observe the world around me. But gently and gradually, I let myself stop, and slowly I began to feel positivity return as I engaged with the beauty of nature. Towards the end of the journey, we walked in silence along the south bank of the river Thames. We climbed into the centre of the footbridge linking the Tate Modern with St Paul’s Cathedral and stopped to face upstream. As the wind blew into our faces and we saw the mass of water flowing down under our feet, Brian invited us to recall that God’s Spirit is with us, upholding us and delighting in us, directing and guiding us. To me it was a powerful moment in which I felt profoundly that just as the wind blows and the water flows, God’s mission flows through each of us and that we are empowered and guided by God to do what we must. For the Guild, this is the mission to bring health and healing to the world. The task seems impossible, and the need so vast, but this is God’s mission, and as part of God’s work we really can make all the difference in this beautiful and fragile world if we trust not in our own strength, but in the strength of God alone.
I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
News and Events
The Green Health Awards 2018
A conversation with the President of the Baptist Union
Dangerous Illusions: helping teens to find meaning
A vision of the Healing Ministry – personal and theological
Storytelling as a key to unlock our healing
Dates for your diary
New Publication – ‘Developing a Relational Model of Care for Older People’, J. Woodward and J. Kartupelis
Reviews – ‘Healing the wounds in the field hospital of the church’, A. Guile and Fr. J. McManus