Continuing The Journey newsletter - July  2019
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july  2019
Continuing The Journey


Continuing the journey conference is an open temporary community, creatively exploring continuity and tension between the world and church, nature and grace, psychology and theology



What does it mean for you to venture into uncharted areas? What do you need to feel safe? A compass, good shoes, waterproofs? Yes to all these things, but actually, for me, one of the most important things is the company of those whom I feel safe with. Over the years one of the things that is consistently on conference feedback forms is that sense of being with a group of folk who maybe complete strangers, but who quickly become fellow travellers, creating an accepting and caring environment which gives permission to explore new or old places, at times in quite a serious way and at others playfully with fun and laughter. I do hope as you read this newsletter you’ll consider joining us in 2020. If you haven’t received it already, click here for the booking form ….

In this newsletter we continue to explore and anticipate, through poetry, pictures and an interview with one of our speakers. Do read on and please do tell others.

Kim Gooding

Chair of planning group

Date of next conference:

4th - 8th May 2020

Booking forms are avaliable now click here!

Early bird reduction for those who book before October 31st 2019!



A short interview with Pádraig Ó Tuama, one our speakers for May 2020

Why did you accept the invitation to conference? What are your impressions of conference, having joined us briefly before?

I spoke at CTJ a few years ago and loved the gathering: the people’s perspectives, the experience and intuition in the room was truly cross disciplinary and engaging. I also loved the title “Here be Dragons"

Here be the dragons..searching for treasure'  what first things spring to mind? 

I think of the dragons and devils that we all have, the ones we ignore, the ones we impart power to, and the invitation — in literature, theology, psychology and our own dreamworlds — to face those dragons, to hear what they have to say, to see if we might see something in each other. 

Do you have experience of venturing into unknown territory? 

I love going into unknown territory: travel, obviously. But one of the things I’ve done for the past 20 years has been conflict resolution. In this work, you are entering into the unknown world of our anxieties, hostilities, projections, escalations and triggers. This is daunting and thrilling. For this, you don’t need a rucksack, but you do need a small set of tools you can carry: courage; curiosity; care; respect for the power of conflict, and for the power of language to both destroy and design. 

What would you like us to know about you before you come to conference? 

My main vocation is as a poet, and it is through the lens of poetry that I think about language, religion and conflict. The Irish language is very important to me, as is Etymology. Also whiskey — which we might share at the conference.

Prayer for tailchasers

by Hugh Stradling

When I am chasing the world

When all around me seems to oppress

When I crave time alone with you

Help me see you are still THERE!


When all seems depressing

When relating seems difficult

When tears are close to the surface

Help me see you are still THERE!


Turn me around to see your presence

So I can worship in the midst of it all

“Be still and know that I am God”

Help me see you are still HERE!!


Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still 



A Garden Meditiation

by Hugh Stradling

Find a place of relaxation for you and shut your eyes having read this through.

Imagine yourself having the opportunity for a retreat to a beautiful, quiet country house. You have arrived, settled in and you go exploring.

In one passage way you come across a door that is labelled “To the Gardens”.

Open that door   -–--   What do you hope to find?

There are a number of garden gates that you can see, each leading to a different type of garden:-

One is labelled “Formal Garden” – What does this suggest to you?

Another is labelled “Alpine Garden”

Yet another – “Wild Garden”

Yet Another – “Play Garden”

Yet Another – “Unknown Garden” – a sort of magic garden that can be anything you wish.


Which of these gardens is a place you would like to meet and talk with Jesus?

Move into the garden of your choice --- Jesus is there to meet you.

What would you say to Him?  -------------

Do you see Him as the gardener as Mary did?  ---------------

What is he asking you?  ------------------

How do you feel about being with Jesus?  ---------------

Go on talking with Jesus for as long as you have something to say.  -----------------------------

Then just enjoy the silence in His company.  -------------------------

When you are ready to leave the garden, gently return to the present (shutting the garden gate behind you).

How did you get on in meeting Jesus?

Rare dragon sighting in Venice June 2019


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The plenary talks from past conferences are available free of charge on line, click here, and feel free to share them with people who might be interested!



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