I Think Therefore…

This day will explore thinking as both a gateway and a barrier to spiritual growth.

with Maria Manuela Silva and Charles Hippsley

Thinking doesn’t always get a good press. Richard Rohr has said that ‘I think therefore I am’ is the lowest point in our understanding of ourselves for it reduces us to one third of our left brain hemisphere. Whether you agree or not, none of us can escape our thoughts. Thinking brings depth, height and breadth of insight. God calls us to ‘come and reason together’. But, what happens when thinking keeps us from being truly present ‘to what is’? What are the reasons, the mechanisms, the traps?

This day will explore thinking as both a gateway and a barrier to spiritual growth as well as practices that will take our directees further into loving and serving God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.

Maria Manuela Silva and Charles Hippsley

MARIA has been involved in church ministry in some of the most economically and ethnically diverse London boroughs and currently lives in SW London. In addition, she is a Year 3 Tutor with the Encounter course. Maria is passionate about human flourishing, spiritual formation, the Portugese sun and her three grandchildren! CHARLES comes from a background in business and church leadership and currently leads the Work Forum at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. He also works as a Spiritual Director and teaches on the second year of the Encounter course. Charles lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, Mary and loves to discover and share practical insights into engaging with God, self and others in daily life.


Friday 6th November 2020, 11:00am - 4:00pm


£45 for non-members; £40 for members of the community of spiritual directors




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