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School for the Soul

Early Christians called their faith 'the Way'. The School for the Soul hopes to offer the resources to make spiritual growth part of our 'Way of Life' - wherever we are starting from.

Tuning our instruments: Lent discussions on Music and Faith
'I shall be made thy Music: as I come
I tune the Instrument here at the door,
And what I must do then, think here before.'

So wrote John Donne in the poem 'Hymn to God my God, in my sickness'. In our Lent discussions we will think about 'being God's instrument' and of the gifts music gives us in our continual work to tune ourselves to God's harmony. Meetings will be immediately after Sunday Evensong in Lent, in the South Transept of the Cathedral beginning at 5pm, finishing at 6.15pm from Sunday 18 February for 5 Sundays (18 and 25 February, 4, 11 and 18 March). Each meeting will pick up an aspect of something we have heard during Evensong, but discussions are open and easily accessible to all, whether they have attended Evensong or not.

'[Imagine] three Quires, heaven, earth, and spheres;
The first, Heaven, hath a song, but no Man hears;
The Spheres have Music, but they have no tongue,
Their harmony is rather danced than sung;
But our third Quire, to which the first gives ear
(For, Angels learn by what the Church does here)
This Quire hath all. The Organist is he
Who hath tuned God and Man, the Organ, we.

John Donne, 'Upon the Translation of the Psalms'

What do we need to live well?

A discussion and study group for anyone trying to understand the place for God's worship and service in their daily lives. Open to all, whatever point you are at in wrestling with the great question of faith in God - from the first tentative exploration to a deepening commitment to the Christian way of life. Each week we will focus on a different writer who has explored (and struggled with) Christian commitment in the challenges of ordinary life.

The four-week set of meetings is also designed to guide those exploring Confirmation. Meetings will be on Monday evenings at 7pm in Powcher's Hall on the following dates: 26 February, 5, 12 and 19 March.