The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Spirituality Committee has recently published a rather lovely piece of work inspired by Pope Francis’ book Let us dream. The path to a better future.
In Let us Dream, Pope Francis offers a deeply personal and passionate reflection on the Covid crisis in his own life and insightful observations on the present Covid crisis as he looks and sees what is going on around the world. His conclusion is that Covid, as well as bringing untold suffering, has brought blessing in the present and can shape our future for the better. But, he says, for this to happen, “We have to see clearly, choose well and act right” p7.
We would really like to offer a virtual Reading Group via Zoom to help us journey together from Easter to Pentecost, using the insights of Pope Francis to enable us to begin ‘to see, clearly, choose well, act right’ as we look to rebuild our lives post Covid, so warmly invite you all to attend this informal gathering facilitated by Sarah Barreto.
We hope staff may welcome the opportunity to reflect together during the transition back to a more normal way of living and therefore offer this weekly Reading Group on Wednesday afternoons 1-2pm, for 45 mins up to an hour over the next 4 weeks. The sessions are open to anyone working at St Boniface House or for the diocese, who might like to consider and discuss this simple, short but beautiful text together in a little more detail.
The suggested format of each session is simple and you do not need any previous experience or theological knowledge at all – just an open heart and mind:
• Welcome and introductions ( if necessary).
• Opening Psalm
• Small group conversations around the reading and questions.
• Plenary – opportunity to share significant points that came up in groups and perhaps explore what threads are beginning to emerge from the conversations.
• Closing Psalm
There will be no pressure at all to talk so if you would rather just come and listen, that’s fine. Feel free to bring your lunch too.
Please see the attached flyer for further details.
Session1 – The Prologue 28 April
(Let us Dream, Please read Pages 1-7)
Session 2 – Part 1: A Time to See 5 May
(Let us Dream, Pages 11-47)
Session 3: Part Two: A Time to Choose 12 May
(Let us Dream, Pages 51-94)
Session 4: Part Three: A Time to Act 19 May
(Let us Dream, Pages 97-144)
If you are interested, please book via the Eventbrite link below: