Sometimes our life feels in full flow, deep, rich, full of expectancy. Sometimes it can feel thin, as though ebbing away. Some waiting times are good – bulbs growing, bread rising. Sometimes waiting just feels desolate and full of despair. We struggle to wait and watch as life unfolds. We try to trust the process but long to hurry it along!
In pastoral care or counselling settings these tensions need to be explored in order to weather them. Discovering how or when to dare to go into the deep, or when we need to wait patiently. Learning from nature’s rhythms can be part of a journey of transformation that brings balance and gives life.
During the 2014 conference we explored the watching, waiting, distance and rhythm of life conveyed by “Flow and Ebb”. We journeyed together to find riches in the shallows as well as in the depths. Our speakers tackled the theme from theological/biblical, spiritual, psychological/therapeutic and social/pastoral perspectives.
Conference Chairs: Kim Gooding and Bill Bazely
These are downloadable MP3 files – the Plenary Sessions in particular might take some time to download, depending on your internet connection
Introduction to Trevor Dennis
Trevor Dennis: ‘Arguing with God’.
Trevor Dennis: Questions and Answers
Roy Searle: Introduction
Roy Searle: Rhythms and seasons
Roy Searle: Questions and Answers
Ruth Layzell: Introduction
Ruth Layzell: Transposing into a different key
Ruth Layzell: Questions and answers
Elizabeth Obbard: Introduction
Elizabeth Obbard: Ebb and flow in a journey of community: silence and self discovery
Elizabeth Obbard: Questions and answers