Over the last twenty years I have been working in a variety of Church contexts both in the UK and abroad. As well as offering a professional service to faith-based organisations, religious orders, Christian communities and churches (see link below), I have maintained an abiding interest in promoting and facilitating spiritual conversation in small groups. The following project signifies the creation of a new configuration for this aspiration and a new phase in collaboration with others who share similar interests and enthusiasms.
The title ‘Shoreline Conversations’ expresses with some clarity the attitude and the stance, which underpins this initiative. It points to the quality of graceful communication encapsulated in the word ‘conversation’ while evoking a sense of the vibrant, constantly changing borderlands between the spiritual and the secular; the inward journey and its outward expression.
– Mark Davis
Creating Spiritual Conversation
“In moments of solitude we seek freedom, growth and understanding, but a ‘breathing space’ can also describe a place of encounter…a sacred space where friends meet to compare notes and share experience, seeking insight through a graceful exchange of thoughts and feelings. Alone or in company we seek the Divine Presence…”
Mark is an experienced faith-based consultant and facilitator who has been working in a wide variety of Church contexts both in the UK and abroad. A Roman Catholic with a life-long commitment to ecumenism, his particular current interest is in helping faith-based organisations explore and preserve the spiritual legacy of their foundation.
PRODUCTION AND DESIGN
With thirty years experience working in support of a wide range of third sector organisations; including NGOs; charities; church and other faith-based mission, aid and development education agencies; schools, colleges and community groups. Mark has developed a particular style and sensitivity appropriate to these contexts. He oversees Shoreline’s digital and print output.
Sue has worked with Mark for several years as Office Manager and Accountant. A trained facilitator she has also been directly involved in a number of pastoral projects including days of reflection and facilitator training. She is currently also working as a local Manager of Cruse Bereavement Care.
Christine has a background in environmental and community work in inner city areas. She is a member of the Methodist Church and has trained as a Conversation Group Facilitator. Her work for ‘Shoreline’ includes research, copyright and administration.
- Spiritual conversation is absolutely vital today. It enables health and healing, discovery, and deepening understanding takes place among us. Through it both our individual lives, and our life together in many complex communities and contexts, are enriched and transformed…Mark Davis does what he does better than anyone else I know – simply and profoundly opening up a way whereby world-changing conversation might take place.Martyn AtkinsGeneral Secretary of the Methodist Church of Great Britain
- Mark Davis has identified a real need in the local parish – a place where people can safely meet and share their searching and questioning. But more than this, through the experience and sensitive expertise of its facilitators, it can help parishioners from all backgrounds come together and positively move forward in a way that gives them a sense of achievement and a confidence in their vocation as lay people in the church and in the world. I wholeheartedly commend them to you.Fr. Philip InchLiverpool RC Archdiocese
- A facilitator is the man or woman who performs this liberating task (helping persons to make manifest the potential treasure that lies hidden in almost every small group) and, if he or she does the job well, the members of the group will indeed feel deeply, think deeply and, in some instances, be inspired to discover new ways of being and relating. Mark Davis is such a skilled facilitator…Brian ThorneEmeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East Anglia