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Open Book | Becoming Friends of Time

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Session 1: Thursday 28 April | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Session 2: Thursday 12 May | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Session 3: Thursday 26 May | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom’ – Psalm 90:12

What does it mean to live faithfully and fruitfully within the time that’s been gifted to us – to slow down and value each second within God’s time?

Join us for a three-week discussion of John Swinton’s profound and moving book, Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship.

 John is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen, and has long experience as a registered mental health nurse. Drawing on both these areas of expertise, he invites us to listen to the experiences of people with profound neurological disability – people who can change our perceptions of time, enable us to grasp the fruitful rhythms of God’s time, and help us learn to live as though time is a gift, not a commodity.

Becoming Friends of Time is a gift for all of us who struggle to survive in a world of speed – a world where slowing down to be truly present is a powerful witness. Across three interactive sessions, join us as we dive into this book and discuss

  • How a focus on our disabilities can help us combat the tyranny of the clock
  • How slowing down can help us become gentle disciples who live each moment as a calling
  • How our struggles with memory and personality change can help us discover who we are in Christ, the Lord of time itself

You’ll need to pre-read Becoming Friends of Time to spark conversations at our fortnightly gatherings:

  • 28 April – Discussing BFT pages 1–83 (Introduction—Chapter 4)
  • 12 May – Discussing BFT  pages 87–161 (Chapters 5—8)
  • 26 May – Discussing BFT  pages 165–219 (Chapters 9—Conclusion/Appendix)

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