The Hidden Kingdom of God: The Vision of Wisdom, 24 - 26 August, 2021
In our eighth year of annual summer Christian retreats, (since 2012), the contemplative spirituality network is moved to a Zoom platform to offer a three day virtual retreat. Within a framework of study and prayer, Margaret Barker lead Zoom sessions each morning and afternoon. Music and short films relating to the themes of the retreat were also played.

On Tuesday, the theme was The Hidden Tradition of the Kingdom: The Vision beyond Words, (Mark 4.11) with Ikon Zoodochos Pege.
On Wednesday, the theme was The Holy Wisdom: The Great Lady of the Temple (Proverbs 3:18) with Ikon Novgorod Wisdom.
On Thursday, the theme was Celebrating Creation. The Covenant of Peace (Psalm 104.24) with Ikon The Burning Bush.
Daily Retreat Schedule
7.00am / Silent Prayer
10.00am-12.00pm / Morning Session
4.30pm / Q&A followed by Lectio Divina
6.30pm-7.00pm / Meditation
8.30pm / Sacred Reading and Compline
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Margaret Barker speaking on 24 August 2021.
Margaret Barker speaking on 25 August 2021.
Margaret Barker speaking on 26 August 2021 - part 1.
Margaret Barker speaking on 26 August 2021 - part 2.
The Retreat Leaders
Margaret Barker is a biblical scholar, who has spent many years researching the mystical traditions of the Jerusalem temple. They have almost disappeared from the Bible and yet are the root of later Christian mysticism. The Holy Wisdom was the Mother figure in this ancient faith. She gave her children spiritual vision, and her oil anointed the Messiah. Memories of this Lady shaped the later veneration of Mary. Margaret is a past president of the Society for Old Testament Study and a Methodist local preacher. She has published nineteen books, including An Extraordinary Gathering of Angels (2004), The Gate of Heaven (2008), The Hidden Tradition of the Kingdom of God (2007) and Temple Mysticism (2011). www.margaretbarker.com

Julienne McLean is a psychologist, Jungian analyst and spiritual director in North London. She has had a lifelong involvement in the Christian mystical tradition, mainly teaching and writing on Jungian psychology and Carmelite spirituality. She is involved with the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (www.oxcacs.org). She is the author of Towards Mystical Union (2003, 2013, 2017), a commentary on St Teresa of Avila’s book, The Interior Castle.

Rev. Michael Gartland is an Anglican priest and UKCP psychotherapist. He leads an NHS chaplaincy service in West Yorkshire and has a research and teaching background in fourteenth century English mystical writings and Buddhist psychology.

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