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Quiet Day at The Bowling Green

27 February @ 9:45 am - 4:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 22 March, 2018 at 9:45am

One event on 11 April, 2018 at 9:45am

One event on 9 May, 2018 at 9:45am

One event on 12 June, 2018 at 9:45am

One event on 17 July, 2018 at 9:45am

One event on 23 August, 2018 at 9:45am

One event on 11 September, 2018 at 9:45am

One event on 10 October, 2018 at 9:45am

One event on 7 November, 2018 at 9:45am

One event on 5 December, 2018 at 9:45am

Quiet days help to redress the balance in our busy lives. While the days are structured with talks in the morning and afternoon, there is plenty of space for stillness and silence to allow God to speak through his word and his creation. In addition to the programme of Quiet Days, we offer the hospitality of the Quiet Garden, a garden room and a small chapel for prayer and reflection, reading, or simply being in the presence of God.

Unless otherwise stated, all Quiet Days start at 09.45am with coffee and conclude with tea at 3.30pm, 4pm departure. A charge of £20 is made to cover the costs of the speaker, a sandwich and fruit lunch, coffee and tea. We would, however, not want this charge to prevent anyone from participating.

Places are limited so early booking is advisable. Further details and booking via

2018 Quiet Days at The Bowling Green

Tuesday 27 February – The Revd Canon Rosemary Drew – “Mysticism in the Old Testament”: “A conviction of direct communion with God – a vivid consciousness of His reality and presence – is characteristic of all the loftiest Old Testament writers, and indeed of Jewish personal religion as a whole” (Evelyn Underhill). We will examine a few of the best known stories.

Thursday 22 March – The Bishop of Chelmsford – “Julian of Norwich”: Perhaps the best known and best loved of all the mystics.

Wednesday 11 April – The Revd Canon Geoffrey Connor – “The Dream of the Rood”:  The Dream of the Rood is one of the earliest Christian poems in English and was written
during Anglo Saxon times. It is an example of dream poetry and belongs to the English mystical tradition. The poem tells the story of the crucifixion in a surprising and unique way – for it is the Cross itself which, in a dream, narrates the events of Good Friday, telling its part in the Salvation story of Jesus, engaging our mind and captures our heart and moves our soul during the Easter season. Geoffrey is a retired priest. He has a lifelong interest in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon spirituality.

Wednesday 09 May – Dr Santha Bhattacharji – “Margery Kemp”: Unlike other medieval mystics, Margery Kempe was a married woman, giving birth to 14 children. In her mid-thirties she underwent a religious conversion which led her to dedicate her life increasingly to prayer, but within the context of ordinary life in the world. Her visions and conversations with Christ, accompanied by weeping and screaming, made her both controversial and much admired in her own day. Santha has taught Old and Middle English at Oxford since 1989, and speaks widely on the English Mystics and related topics. A former Anglican nun, she is currently Senior Tutor of St Benet’s Hall, Oxford.

Tuesday 12 June – The Revd Neil Broadbent – “The Revd William Law”: Come and learn about one of the greatest Christian mystics this country has produced. He wrote that “The spiritual life is nothing else but the working of the spirit of God within us. All our salvation consists in the manifestation of the nature, life and spirit of Jesus Christ in our
inward new man. There is but one salvation for all mankind, and that is the life of God in the soul.” Neil is an Anglican priest. He is Director of Sozein, a Churches’ Ministry of Healing Trust. Mysticism is a special interest and he is an authority on William Law.

Tuesday 17 July – The Revd Canon Edward Carter – “Evelyn Underhill”: Evelyn Underhill was a great authority on prayer. Her books ‘Mysticism’ and ‘Worship’ are classics, still enjoyed today. She led many retreats at the Chelmsford Diocesan Retreat House at Pleshey, which continues as a thriving place of prayer used by many. In her own words:
‘God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament.’ Edward is Canon Theologian of Chelmsford Cathedral.

Thursday 23 August – Valerie Quinlivan – “Thomas Merton, a Post-Modern Mystic”: What can we learn from a monk who first advocated strict monasticism to a man whose spiritual journey found ‘awareness’ or ‘attentiveness’ the guide to the ‘authentic self’, the true self which lives in Christ? Far from belonging only to the monastics, Merton came to understand that this spiritual journey belonged to all. This Quiet Day will reflect on the essentials of Thomas Merton’s thinking and how this can support our own approach to
contemplative prayer. Valerie is involved in interfaith activities, meditation groups, spiritual counselling, bereavement counselling and retreats. She has been a member of the World Community for Christian Meditation since 1994, and has co-ordinated a meditation group in Colchester since 1997. She is a retired university lecturer in literature and art.

Tuesday 11 September – The Revd Ann Coleman – “Ephrem of Syria”: A 4th century Church Father, Ephrem was a poet theologian who also wrote hymns for female choirs. Ephrem’s theology was rooted in his life of prayer. In this retreat day we will take time to ponder some of the metaphors and symbols with which Ephrem prayed. We will ask God to give us, like Ephrem, luminous eyes to catch a glimpse of His Power, His Beauty, His Love and thus begin to see the world in a new way. Ann is Parish Priest at Doddinghurst. She was formerly Assistant Dean at St Mellitus College teaching Christian Spirituality and still teaches on IME programmes. She is Chair of the Spiritual Direction Coordinators Group for the Diocese of Chelmsford. She is a trustee of the London Centre of Spiritual Direction.

Wednesday 10 October – The Revd Canon Rosemary Drew – “Mysticism Today”: We will look at some of the many examples of God revealing Himself now.

Wednesday 07 November – The Venerable David Lowman – “George Herbert”: “Teach me my God and King, in all things Thee to see!” (George Herbert). A 17th century poet who wrote in hard spiritual and political times and who communicates with us in the 21st century. We will examine aspects of his life and times alongside some of his poems. David retired as Archdeacon of Chelmsford in 2016, having previously been Diocesan Director of Ordinands and a Parish Priest. He continues to explore and share his spirituality and works with others on retreats and quiet days.

Wednesday 05 December – The Revd Stephen Need – “St Paul”: A Quiet Day for Advent during which we will look at St Paul as a mystic. Stephen is Priest in Charge in Stock and West Hanningfield. Some will recall the inspiring days that he conducted on the Psalms. We are privileged to see him again for the Advent Quiet Day.


27 February
9:45 am - 4:00 pm


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