On Saturday 22nd May, we gathered before Pentecost to reflect on the guidance of the Holy Spirit with our friend and guide Donal Dorr. Participants logged in from across this island, England, Scotland, America, Australia and from parts of Asia and Africa too. Much like the Partians, Medes and Elamites we read of at Pentecost – we gathered together and heard something of God together that inspired.

Through scripture, images, poetry and in our discussions; Donal invited us to notice the Holy Spirit at work in the world and to reflect on how we might listen well and confidently for the Guidance of the Spirit in our time. These slow learnt skills were, we felt, the journey of a lifetime – and it was lovely to spend a day together on that journey.

Pearl Diver by Lady Nakatomi (Early 8th century).
(Translated from Japanese by Graeme Wilson)
 
No one dives to the ocean bottom
Just like that:
One does not learn the skills involved
At the drop of a hat
It’s those skills slow-learnt
in the depths of love
That I’m working at.

Thanks, as always, to Donal for his careful preparation and inspiring presentation.

Thanks to all present for the engagement and enthusiasm, through which we created this special moment.

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