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Wednesday 26 October 2016 – messy spirituality

Wednesday 26 October 2016 – messy spirituality
October 26, 2016 Anne Browse
Cliff College

This morning I am at Cliff College to represent MWiB on a 24-hour Consultation on Spirituality in the Methodist Church. I travelled up from Devon to Derbyshire last night and am looking forward with interest to what this visit might bring. I have already shared thoughts over breakfast with two of the others who have also arrived early and I am looking forward to catching up with Jill Baker and Lynne Ling, who will be here later.

I wonder how long we will ponder what ‘spirituality’ actually is? My hope is that we will quickly recognise that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all spirituality; that we will respect differing views and approaches; that we will see spirituality in the whole of life.

As I write my mind is playing with George Herbert’s hymn, Teach me, my God and King, in all things thee to see. I am most frequently challenged, as I put out the rubbish and sort the recycling, with these words: who sweeps a room, as for thy laws, makes that and the action fine.

I do hope that today you will find the famous stone, that ‘turneth all to gold’… and that you will discover God, in Christ, in the whole of life, the messiness as well as the beauty.