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Welcome to our latest newsletter
As autumn turns to winter and the days get shorter, I find that it’s good to have something to look forward to. I hope you will join me in looking forward to conference. I’m pleased to say that bookings are coming in and momentum is increasing as creativity takes over.
In this newsletter you’ll get a glimpse of the creative process and in particular the shape that worship is beginning to take. A flippant ‘there won’t be so much to bring this time’ was followed at our last planning meeting by a list that started off with Moses baskets, rushes, fire bowls and a growing inner sense for me of ‘here we go again, hold tight and trust the process’. Watching words, stories, images and music come together is a joy, and I do hope you will join us to share the results.
You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the last of our speakers, Julienne McLean, and sample more of Padraig’s words. This conference with its dragons and unknowns will also have a magical feel, as we introduce Steve Price to you.
We’re trying to keep up with the times, so do check out our new website and keep in touch via the Facebook page. But as is always the case, the best way to publicise conference is for you to tell someone about it.
CTJ (Continuing the Journey) has a stunning new webpage. http://continuingthejourney.com/ This has been designed by Tony Richardson of Liverpool and hosted at Wordpress. It is now much easier to find what you want on the page and is presented in clear sections. Do take a look and let us know what you think, and let us know of any bugs you find by contacting: email@example.com .
Meet Julienne McLean – Brian White interviews one of our four speakers
I conducted a “down the line” interview with Julienne who is making her first visit to Continuing the Journey in 2020. For those who would like to do some further research there is a brief biography on her website.
The questions that form the core of the exchange, and are asked of all the speakers, are exploring their first thoughts and feelings about conference and, in particular, the title and how it might be approached.
Julienne’s background as a clinical psychologist set her on a journey early in life that has been all about exploration of the places where dragons roam. She has had a lifelong involvement in the Christian contemplative tradition, and when she trained as a Jungian analyst in her late twenties, she continued to develop her deep interest in the relationship between depth psychology and Christian mysticism through the life and writings of St Teresa of Avila. In her thirties, she wrote a modern commentary on the St Teresa’s book on prayer, The Interior Castle, which has now been reprinted three times and called Towards Mystical Union.
Julienne is also a spiritual director and has organised many short, and longer retreats, for many years through the contemplative spirituality network and other retreat programmes. She is currently part of the team offering Living Prayer and Carmelite spiritual direction courses with the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality in Oxford http://www.carmeliteprioryoxford.com/index.asp?pageid=684421. Her biography will tell you more about things she is involved in and places where she teaches.
I asked Julienne, “Why did you accept the invitation to conference,” and “What are your first impressions of conference?” Her reply was, “It looks like a fantastic conference, very broad in scope and teaching, which is important these days.” Julienne particularly liked the structure of approaching the theme “Here be Dragons: Searching for treasure,” from a different discipline’s perspective each day. She said, “It looks multifaceted with good themes and that is important.”
On the subject of the conference theme, Julienne said that, from a Jungian perspective, the dragon is a classic symbol of the darker, shadow and neglected side of our human nature. She said that she has written articles, run workshops over years and included a helpful chapter in her book on the subject, to help understand the psychology and spirituality of accepting and embracing the shadow side of our personalities. Julienne has for a long time been helping people search for treasure in the land of the dragons. In her own words, “Most of life, indeed all of it, is a Christian journey of hope, faith and transformation of our heart in love, leading to union with Christ.”
Julienne has written many articles and papers for journals. Her book “Towards Mystical Union” will be available at the conference along with some works by other authors that Julienne recommends and will refer to. We are really looking forward to what Julienne will bring to conference.
And for our entertainment on the Thursday evening:-
A Versatile Entertainer!
Steve Price is one of the UK's busiest and most established magicians. He is a Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle, a past Secretary of The Magic Circle and he has also won The Magic Circle’s Originality Prize. Steve is a full-time professional, using his astonishing magical skills to amaze and amuse audiences all around the world. He has over 15 years of performing experience and has worked at thousands of events in thousands of venues. Steve has performed everywhere from New York to St. Petersburg, the Arctic Circle to Easter Island.
A Proven Track Record
Steve's unique blend of laughs, mystery and stunning sleight of hand has thrilled tens of thousands of people in all kinds of private and corporate settings. His friendly, clean approach allows him to build up an immediate rapport with any audience. He is a natural choice for all types of performance, including cruise ships (50 cruises on four different cruise lines by the end of 2019), corporate events, after-dinner speaking and more.