Sanctuary 2020

Sanctuary 2020

Rest, Receive, Restore

You are invited…..

This conference is eligible for Study Leave and is open to ministers at any stage of ministry who are looking to find rest, to receive from God, and to feel restored. A time to be ministered to.

Sanctuary gives a time to breathe, to slow down, to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Kinnoull Monastry and to prepare for whatever’s next in ministry, with the opportunity to speak one to one with a trained spiritual director or pastoral supervisor.

Each day will be punctuated with reflections and communal prayer but will mainly offer a contemplative space giving time for God to speak into our lives in ministry.

For those who might be looking for more input there will be opt in sessions every afternoon. These sessions will cover various topics including managing transitions in life and ministry, and reflecting on our ordination vows. There will also be an optional daily book group to participate in (the book will be sent to you before the conference).

Using the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola, the conference will take the form of a retreat charting a course for wise decision-making and transformative action. It is important to note that this conference will deliberately aim to provide space and time for individual discernment and so it will not have a full program.

Discernment is at the heart of Ignatian spirituality and over the centuries people have found that silence and guided prayer can resource a creative and faith filled response to all that God is calling us to, now and into the future.

The retreat will be facilitated by Duncan Hughes, Duncan worked as a lawyer in the criminal courts, children’s panel and mental health tribunals before training in pastoral supervision with the Institute of pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice. He is passionate about helping people from a variety of workplaces to rediscover the life in their vocation through creative one to one conversation. Duncan knows from personal experience the cost of working with people in crisis and difficulty and offers a compassionate, non-judgmental space for individuals to reflect and process their experience of helping others. He uses words but recognises that other ways of expressing deep emotions such as art or poetry can sometimes be more helpful. He hopes to help people to find that elusive balance between work and life which is nourishing and sustaining.

Study leave

To use Study Leave, please enter the code STUDYLEAVE when booking your ticket. You do not need to fill in a Study Leave application form and you will not be asked to produce a Study Leave report. We encourage you to take a full week’s leave to give you time to reflect on the conference. Ministries Council will pay for Pulpit Supply for the Sunday.

If you have any questions or would like to check your study leave allowance, please contact Alison Stewart, Senior Administrator for Education and Support (0131 225 5722, ext. 2353).

Book your place

Tickets for the five-day retreat cost £275. Book your place before 24 January 2020 through the Eventbrite page.