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Still Small Voice: a residential retreat

This is a residential 5 day retreat delivered in partnership between Citizens UK and Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Monday 12th September - Friday 16th September 2022.

Between the practice of Community Organising, and the heritage and resources of Christian faith, lies rich and fertile territory. During this retreat we shall inhabit and explore that ground, with a particular focus on contemplation and action; mysticism and resistance. How do we balance these in our own spiritual/organising lives, and how can we enable our faith communities to be renewed and re-energised by embracing that balance too? We will bring to that exploration a spirit of ‘co-creation’ – everyone will participate by taking some kind of leadership role – learning and growing together.

Why this retreat?

Increasingly, churches are recognising the value of Community Organising as part of mission, ministry, church growth and discipleship development. This retreat is being co-created as a partnership between Ripon College Cuddesdon and Citizens UK (CUK). It is part of a move towards integrating Organising methodologies into ministerial formation in the UK, and building a churches’ Community or Practice within CUK, supporting and resourcing Christians involved in Community Organising in their local contexts. As a first and experimental step, this retreat represents a pilot event which it is hoped will develop into a mainstay of CUK’s development and resourcing programme, dovetailing with but distinct from, the ongoing national training programme.

Who is it for?

This retreat is aimed at a range of participants: those in ministry and ministerial training, lay and ordained; from those relatively new to Community Organising through to veterans of the craft. However, you will get the most out of this retreat if you have some background and experience in Community Organising. Taster days and a programme of online training events are available for those who want to undertake additional preparation.

A man and a woman lay flowers whilst surrounded by a group of people in contemplative action