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Meetings and retreat time in Cyprus

George HerbertBoth Tricia and I had meetings in Cyprus – for me the Bishop’s Council and Standing Committee; for Tricia the Spirituality Development Team. With the Gulf Air schedule we left on Sunday but were not able to return before Thursday, arriving just in time to participate in the Ascension Day Holy Communion.

The meetings were demanding, but the opportunity to spend time in the Diocesan Retreat  House – Katafiyio – a favourite place for both of us, is always welcome. I took the opportunity to have a long walk in the Troodos foothillsTroodos foothills and to continue my reading of a biography of George Herbert, published in 2013, by John Drury: Music at Midnight – The Life and poetry of George Herbert. The author roots his poetry in the life events and the encounters of Herbert’s life in an especially insightful way.

In part this is a follow up on the material for the Friends Spring Gathering but also in preparation for our next Living Room Dialogue on George Herbert, but George Herbert’s poetry has been important to me for many years and when we left Windermere, after nine years as Rector of St Martin’s, Bowness-on-Windermere, a precious farewell gift from a friend, the  poet/hymn writer, and Minister of the Windermere United Reformed Church Alan Gaunt was a hymn based on one of George Herbert’s poems. We will sing it at the coming Living room Dialogue.

Retreat HouseWe were also able to catch up with Arda and Hrayr Jebejian, who brought up an Armenian dish and bottle of Lebanese wine. Hrayr is the Gulf Region General Secretary of the Bible Society and has recently been awarded a DMin.