What We Do

The Cumbria Ecumenical Spirituality Group exists to make the journey of ‘knowing God’ richer and deeper, and to offer companionship on the journey. It does this in a number of ways.

Cumbria Wide Events
We support the development of Mission Communities across the County, and the vision of ‘God for all’. Ecumenical groups sometimes ask us to lead events such as a Lent group, guided week of prayer or quiet days.

Nourishing The Soul Course
For those who want something more in-depth, we run a year long course
(1 day per month). Topics include:    
  • Definitions of spirituality
  • Images of God
  • Mindfulness, Psychology & Spirituality
  • Wholeness and Healing
  • Different ways of using the Bible in prayer
  • Discernment
  • Monastic & Denominational spirituality e.g. Franciscan, Carmelite, Benedictine, Wesleyan, Celtic, Ignatian etc
  • Silence and solitude, desert and wilderness experiences
  • Contemplation and meditation
  • Creativity & Spirituality e.g. music, poetry, art
  • Creation & Spirituality
The day also includes worship and group sharing.
Over the past few years we have run four courses.

Spiritual Direction
Many people find it helpful to have a Spiritual Director (or Companion).  This is someone who commits themselves to journey with another in their walk with God.
We have a list of trained Spiritual Directors, and are able to help people find the right director for them.
We also offer ongoing training and support for all who work as Spiritual Directors.  (In order to train as a Spiritual Director, it is normally a pre-requisite to have been on the Nourishing the Soul Course first, but previous experience is taken into account.)

If you would like to know more about the Day-events or Nourishing the Soul,
please contact the CESG Secretary
Alison Butland alisonbutland@gmail.com. The Rectory, Clifton, Penrith, CA10 2EA   Tel: 01768 201027

If you would like to know more about Spiritual Direction, or if you would like to have a Spiritual Director,
or if you would like to be trained as a Spiritual Director, or if you are a Spiritual Director (and not already on our List of Directors)
please contact the SD Co-ordinator:
Mrs Ruth Lee:
Stable Cottage, Kirkoswald, Penrith, CA10 1DQ
Tel: 01768 898604


What Participants Have Said About Courses

Suzie Pye, 30/01/2020