An Advent Retreat with Poetry and Music : 3 Dec, ONLINE

December 3, 2022 | 10:00 am 1:00 pm

First broadcast Saturday 3 December

Join us live for an online Advent retreat on Saturday 3 December for a morning of worship and reflection. Join us from 10am or set your own time for retreat and watch the recording later. Speakers include Richard Carter, Malcolm Guite, Christopher Jamison OSB, Mark Oakley and Nicola Slee. In association with Canterbury Press. Book a ticket below to access the event.


10.00   Welcome and introductions

10.05   Opening worship – Richard Carter, with music from the St Martin’s Voices. Director of Music: Andrew Earis

10.30   How to Read Advent
Christopher Jamison OSB

11.00   The Work of These Days: Sifting, shedding, sorting
Nicola Slee

11.30 Break

11.45   Christ’s Advent Into Us: What it means to pray ‘Be born in us today’
Malcolm Guite

12.15   ‘Instead of Getting to Heaven’: Emily Dickinson, faith, and the present moment 
Mark Oakley

12.45 Closing Worship – Richard Carter and the St Martin’s Voices

About the Contributors

Malcolm Guite is a poet, priest, singer and songwriter, and Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. His poetry is enjoyed throughout the English-speaking world and his many books include Sounding the Seasons (now in its tenth printing), David’s Crown, and Waiting on the Word – a collection of poems and reflections for each day of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

Nicola Slee is a theologian, poet, retreat leader and spiritual director. She has worked in theological education for the past 30 years, both in higher education and ministerial formation. Her most recent book is Abba Amma: Improvisations on the Lord’s Prayer  

Christopher Jamison OSB is a Benedictine monk and serves as Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation. As Abbot of Worth Abbey, he became a familiar and beloved figure through the BBC documentary series, The Monastery. He is the author of Finding Sanctuary, Finding Happiness and, most recently, Finding the Language of Grace: Rediscovering Transcendence. 

Mark Oakley is Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge and one of the most compelling Christian voices of our day. He is renowned for his preaching, his writing and also for his campaigning work. He is Patron of Tell MAMA, which supports victims of ant-Muslim hate, and is an ambassador for Stop Hate UK. He the author of numerous book, including The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry which was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize.

Richard Carter is a priest at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square, and founder of its contemplative Nazareth Community. He is the author of The City is My Monastery, In Search of the Lost and the forthcoming Letters From Nazareth.

Book tickets
Tickets are £10, or £5 for Church Times and Magnet subscribers. The link to watch the event will be included on your ticket.

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