|Our Sound is Our Wound |
Lent Course 2010
Our lives are lived against the backdrop of external and internal
soundscapes. The sound, noise and music with which we are surrounded
in modern life have spiritual implications. There is also a soundtrack
within us that plays constantly through memory, dreams, anxiety and
thought. What are these soundscapes, and how do we listen for the voice of
God within them? How too do we find our voice?
This discussion series will be based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2010 Our Sound
is Our Wound by Lucy Winkett, Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral. Sessions take place on Thursday
evenings during Lent from 7.15-8.45 pm in the Priory Room. Please contact the Cathedral Office if
you wish to attend: 01865-276155, email@example.com.
18 February ‘The Sound of Scripture’
What is the difference between the spoken and the written word? What effect does this difference have on Scripture? This first
session explores the ‘Sound of Scripture’ in contemporary society and is led by the Venerable Julian Hubbard, Archdeacon
25 February ‘The Sound of Lament’
How do the laments found in Scripture relate to laments in our world today? This session considers the Sound of Lamentation
in contemporary society and is led by the Very Reverend Dr Christopher Lewis, Dean of Christ Church.
4 March ‘The Sound of Freedom’
How are sounds used to express freedom? What role does music play in protest? This session explores how we find our true
voice and use it to set ourselves and others free. The session is led by Canon George Pattison, Lady Margaret Professor of
11 March ‘The Sound of Resurrection’
The resurrection is often depicted as either silent or with the noise of victory. This session explores another image, and the
soundscape of death, grief and resurrection. It is led by Jonathan Cross, Professor of Musicology and Tutor in Music at
18 March ‘The Sound of Angels’
The image of angels is often connected with music. This session explores the soundscape of angels, and the invitation for us to
harmonise with them. This is led by the Reverend John Paton, Precentor of Christ Church.
25 March ‘Our Sound is Our Wound’
How can we listen to God? This concluding session considers how we are called to inner silence to listen to God in our noisy
world. It is led by Canon Dr Edmund Newell, Sub-Dean of Christ Church.
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Here's a round up of Lent resources I've found for 2010 - if you want to recommend something else then please leave a comment!
Online Lent Resources for groups
Christian Aid: Count Your Blessings Small group study notes (one session) and Count Your Blessings calendar
Churches Together: People on the Edge of His Pain Exploring the characters of Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of our Lord, Judas, Peter, Barabbas and Jesus.
USPG: Lent 2010 Lent 2010 Study course designed to help you delve deeper into the meaning of mission for today. Looks at the work of the Anglican Church in Ghana and the story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman at the well (John 4:5-42).
Church Action on Poverty: Just Church for Lent Designed to help you embed social justice and a concern for UK poverty more deeply in your church's life.
Suggested reading for groups and individuals
Our Sound is Our Wound: Contemplative Listening to a Noisy World by Lucy Winkett
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book 2010
Life Attitudes: a five-session course on the Beatitudes for Lent by Robert Warren and Sue Mayfield
Giving it Up: Daily Bible Readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day by Maggi Dawn
A Way through the Wilderness: Experiencing God's help in times of crisis by Paula Gooder
Five-session course which explores God’s promise to comfort his people as they struggle through life’s wildernesses.
Sacred space for Lent 2010 from the Jesuit Communication Centre
What is the point of being a Christian? by Timothy Radcliffe
A book of Silence by Sara Maitland
Bothered and Bewildered: Enacting Hope in Troubled Times by Ann Morisy
Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus by Ched Myers
General prayer resources for groups and individuals
The Daily Office - Morning, Midday and Evening Prayer - from the Northumbria Community
Sacred Space: Daily prayer and meditation
Pray as you go: Daily prayer for your MP3
Are you planning to do something different for Lent this year? Post your thoughts below or use the SCM forum to share ideas and reflections.
The wonderful folk from the European Regional Committee of WSCF (global network of SCMs) have drawn my attention to this Lent study:
A WCC, WSCF and YWCA Lenten Study
Cries of Anguish, Stories of Hope: A Lenten study on the Worldwide Struggle to eliminate violence against women. This study features weekly videos of inspirational women around the world. There are also Bible Studies, Prayers and a place for a discussion.
Sometimes it seems such a risk to pray
To know your still small voice
Overcome my doubt and release me
Make me aware of all that I have missed
Self seeking to overcome
Opportunities to serve
People to love
Give me courage to pray
And be changed forever. Amen
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