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Rest as Resistance: A Retreat Day for Weary Activists

Date: 23/05/2022
From: 09:30
Location: Rest as Resistance: A Retreat Day for Weary Activists The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS
Cost: £30 - £55
Contact: Jen Powell
020 7246 8337
St Paul's Cathedral, London EC4M 8AD
More information: https://rest-as-resistance.eventbrite.co.uk

“Then Elijah lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
And an angel touched him and said,
‘Get up and eat…’ He ate and drank and then lay down again”

We are loved by a God Who Rested when They created the world & when They were incarnated into it. The Bible tells of God’s prophets and followers being encouraged to take rest when weary. But do we value rest for ourselves or do we idolise busy-ness?

Join us as we take time out of the busy-ness of our callings and calendars to reflect on ways in which we can love ourselves, each other & God in receiving the Gift of Rest. Without putting pressure on ourselves or others, we will consider how rest might just be the most radical act of resistance to life’s pressures, and a radical act of trust in our Creator.

This day will provide a safe space for guided and personal reflection on our relationships with Rest, time to draw love, comfort and strength from space with God and Holy Writings, an opportunity to connect with fellow activists and, above all, an intentional space to connect with God and yourself and be refreshed.

The day will be led by Natalia-Nana Lester-Bush, a specialist in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Liberation (EDIL), who blends their EDIL expertise with her lived experience as a bi-cultural woman of colour & of faith, with (non-visible) disabilities in their work supporting organisations and individuals in their journeys of Decolonisation, Equity and Inclusion.

Previously a teacher of Religious Education & Christian Philosophy & Ethics, Natalia-Nana loves facilitating conversations on challenging or controversial, ‘messy’ topics, discussing different Christian approaches to life, and how Biblical principles of equality & inclusion apply to people and organisations today.

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