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About Quiet Spaces

Taking you into quiet spaces to meet with God...

Published three times a year, each issue of Quiet Spaces provides four months' worth of inspiration for your quiet time, presented in fortnightly sections. This material can be used in daily portions throughout the week or all in one sitting as a 'quiet day', perhaps at the weekend. Within each section there are twelve elements comprising reflections inspired by different traditions, creative activities, liturgy, Bible reading and ideas for meditation.

The Editor writes

One of the things I love as editor of Quiet Spaces is not knowing what will be contained within an email from one of the writers. They each have their own style and preferences, but still each offering is an adventure waiting to happen, as well as reflecting the adventure already undertaken.

If it helps, see Quiet Spaces as a journey, an adventure. You may take the motorway and zoom from one end to the other in record time (speed limits permitting), or you may take the wandering tracks and lanes, taking the time to explore down some unmarked track and making some wonderful discoveries and meeting all sorts of people and creatures along the way.

In prayer, as in life, motorways and byways (and all the A and B roads in between) all have their place and their value. Motorways get us there quickly and generally with minimum stress, but are quite restrictive in where they go, and give no time to stop and linger and enjoy. Navigating main roads, you usually have some idea of where you are and they can get you to your destination reasonably quickly and with some flexibility. Lanes and tracks are essential when they lead to where you want to go, and are fun to explore, taking you to some unexpected places and giving a different perspective on the area, and they encourage you to wander and explore away from the planned route (if there ever was one).

So, as you travel through Quiet Spaces, notice what sort of road you are taking and check it is the right sort of road for you that day. Try to make some time to explore some of the tracks not on the plan; you never know where God will be waiting to meet you.

Happy travelling!

Sally Smith


In this issue:

The woman at the well
Janet Fletcher

The fruit of kindness
Jean Marie Dwyer OP

Anne Noble

Sally Welch

Mary, Martha and Lazarus
Helen Julian CSF

Evelyn Underhill
Sue McCoulough

Lynne Chitty

O come, O come, Emmanuel
Sally Smith

The tree of your life
Dorinda Miller

As a Child: Discipline
Phil Steer

The House of Retreat, Pleshey
Stewart McCredie

Using Quiet Spaces with a group
Sally Smith


About the contributors in this issue

Janet Fletcher is a priest in the Bro Ystumanner Ministry Area and the Bangor Diocesan Spirituality Officer. She facilitates and offers spiritual direction in the diocese, and enjoys teaching and writing about prayer and spirituality. She has written Pathway to God (SPCK, 2006) and has contributed to BRF's Guidelines Bible reading notes.

Jean Marie Dwyer OP is a Dominican nun of the Queen of Peace Monastery, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. The monastery is dedicated to silence, prayer, study and intercession for all people. She is the author of The Sacred Place of Prayer (BRF, 2013) and The Unfolding Journey: The God Within: Etty Hillesum and Meister Eckhart (Novalis, 2014).

Anne Noble grew up on Merseyside and studied geology at Oxford and Toronto. She is an Associate Minister at Colton in the diocese of Lichfield and is married with two grown-up daughters. She still enjoys geology, reflecting on what we can hear and see of the God of all time through rocks. In her spare time, she loves gardening.

Sally Welch is Vicar of Charlbury and Area Dean of Chipping Norton. Sally also leads training events for the Diocese of Oxford in the area of spirituality and is a Diocesan Labyrinth Coordinator. She has written a number of books and is also the editor of BRF's New Daylight Bible reading notes.

Helen Julian CSF is an Anglican Franciscan sister and a priest, currently serving her community as Minister General. She has written three books for BRF and contributes to BRF's New Daylight Bible reading notes.

Sue McCoulough worked for a number of years at the BBC. She was then prayer Coordinator at Tearfund. Sue enjoys walking, creative writing and leading Quiet Days.

Lynne Chitty was a deacon at Gloucester Cathedral and now lives in a caravan in the grounds of Mill House Retreats in Devon. She combines leading creative writing courses with times of solitude and has a variety of rescue animals.

Sally Smith enjoys creating spaces that enable encounters with God through leading Quiet Days and creating prayer corners and stations. She has led prayer groups in her local church, works as a spiritual director and writes and produces educational materials.

Dorinda Miller has been leading Quiet Days and retreats in the UK and overseas, across denominations, for many years. As well as running Staying in the Vine, a six-week course on prayer and spiritual disciplines, she is currently developing audio meditation resources for


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