Margins

The margins contain what is excluded from the centre. This process aims to increase our awareness of the margins – whether at the level of individuals, organisations, communities or society as a whole. What do the margins contain, and how are they a source of both fear and wholeness? This experiential and fun session involves ‘marginal walks’ (exploring margins in the world around us), ‘marginal moments’ (exploring the margins in the lives of well known people – including ourselves) and ‘marginal circles’ (in which we face the  margins) – as well as reflection, dialogue, prose and poetry.

Chris Bemrose (right) undertaking a 'marginal walk' with Jean Vanier (Founder of L'Arche and Templeton Foundation Prize winner 2015)

Chris Bemrose (right) undertaking a ‘marginal walk’ with Jean Vanier (Founder of L’Arche and Templeton Foundation Prize winner 2015)

I run workshops and processes including ‘The Spirit of the Margins’, ‘Transformation in the Margins’, ‘The Paradox of the margins’ and ‘Finding God in the margins’. Further details are at SpiritoftheMargins.org

‘A really positive experience which opened up how – and where – people saw the margins. The way you introduced the theme of God on the margins was particularly powerful and not one I will readily forget.’  St. Giles & St. George Church, Ashtead

‘Nourishing…inspiring…tremendous sense of unity…like an Act of Worship…a revelation…paradoxical..warm and welcoming…insightful’. Meditatio, London.

‘I went away ” bothered and blessed” – aware of my capacity for avoidance and gratitude for my blessings and aware I had been in a sacred space too…’ House of Prayer, Surrey.

‘Thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from the day and the way it was led.’ House of Prayer, Surrey.

‘It made me appreciate how interesting and intellectually challenging the margins are.’ Festival of Social Sculpture, Oxford.

‘I valued having the time and space for exploring this subject…there was a wonderful timeless quality to my experiences.’ Festival of Social Sculpture Festival, Oxford.

‘…a chance to reflect widely on issues of the soul. A lot of self-development is goal-orientated, but this workshop was non-pressured and ‘held’ in a secure way by the group leaders.’ Runcton Manor, West Sussex.

‘It was really good to meet a group of people who are obviously careful explorers of what it means to be spiritual in a Christian context, and I experienced a sense of relief that my personal struggles with faith can also find a home in a long tradition.’ Runcton Manor, West Sussex.