Spiritual traditions: Franciscan spirituality

Spiritual traditions: A series of days exploring their contemporary relevance

The first in the series is Franciscan spirituality

From St Francis to Pope Francis: seeking hope in our environmental crisis

Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00am – 4:00pm

Why did Jorge Mario choose the name Francis on becoming Pope?  What is the significance of Franciscan spirituality for our lives today? Why does the Pope believes St Francis offers not just wisdom but joy and hope to our world of climate change and environmental crisis. Join us on this spiritual journey which includes a meditative walk.

Coffee from 9.30am. Please bring your own packed lunch.


The Venerable Robin & Mrs Liz Turner
Robin and Liz have been married for 54 years and have been professed members of the Franciscan Third Order since 1991. Robin was ordained in 1966 and with his work as a Royal Air Force Chaplain, they have lived in various parts of the world.

Stephen and Helena Ibbotson
Stephen and Helena have been retreat leaders for a number of years and both offer spiritual direction . Stephen has an interest in male spirituality as well. Stephen has over 40 years’ experience in church-based ministry in Baptist churches where he was involved in church planting and applied theological practice in faith and culture expressions, while Helena has been exploring contemplative prayer for well over twenty years.

Alison Milbank
Alison Milbank is Professor of Theology and Literature at the University of Nottingham and Canon Theologian at Southwell Minster. She is currently working on the history of ecotheology in Britain and is particularly interested in ideas of divine indwelling in nature as found in poets, artists and naturalists.

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