Association of Interchurch Families Weekend : 12-13 Oct, Swanwick

October 12, 2019 October 13, 2019
The Hayes Conf Centre, Hayes Ln, Swanwick, Alfreton DE55 1AU

Come and join other families together for a weekend of reflection, fun and worship at The Hayes, Swanwick. There is also a parallel programme for children and young people.This year our theme is Conscience and Spiritual ConversationsThe German Bishops’ Guidelines on sharing the Eucharist in interchurch families

Last year the Conference of German Bishops issued guidelines indicating that, under certain conditions, eucharistic hospitality might be extended to the non-Catholic spouse in an interchurch marriage. At the heart of their document the bishops say that any decisions to share communion should be made by the interchurch spouses themselves informed by their consciences after a “spiritual conversation” in which they should be guided by a priest or pastor. They envisage such spiritual conversations following the guidance given in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Discernment at this level is not something with which most lay people are likely to be familiar and so during the weekend we will therefore consider:

  • How such a process of discernment might “work”
  • The steps that someone might take, both in planning and in holding, that conversation.
  • What the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are – and how they might help in the process of discernment.
  • How else a “spiritual conversation” might proceed.

The weekend will also include bible study and, as always, opportunities for joining in worship as well as time for fellowship, sharing experiences and learning together.

During the weekend we will be joined by:

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ – who will lead our discussions on discernment

Jenny Bond from Churches Together in England – who will lead our bible study

Revd Dr Callan Slipper – National Ecumenical Officer for the Church of England

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