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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

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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 Davis

Our quarterly exploration of some of the major themes of a contemporary ecumenical Christian spirituality. Each includes a ‘conversation pack’ with seven booklets, each of which provides evocative words and images as a stimulus to reflection and conversation. Each theme is also illustrated by a companion ‘Edition’ where feature writers offer their own reflections on the chosen theme. Designed to inspire as well as inform, we hope that you will wish both to consider and to contribute to the on-going conversation.

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resourcing

Key aspects of the conversational methodology we are promoting and espousing. Notes about personal reflection and graceful conversation are complemented by advice about gathering and facilitating groups.

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transitions

How individuals and local groups, associations and whole communities can participate in this three – five year ecumenical project. Exploring together what is means to live a balanced, thoughtful life from a broadly Christian perspective. How to access suitable training.

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Training

If you do decide to gather together a new group, it is worth considering if you are naturally equipped for the role of facilitator, or would you benefit from some training? Shoreline Conversations offers training for small group facilitators. There is an initial two-day workshop plus suitable required reading and offers the opportunity to learn at first hand about spiritual conversation in groups. For those who wish to further develop their understanding of facilitation in groups, further learning opportunities are available which will build on the introductory workshop.

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WHO WE ARE

SHORELINE CONVERSATIONS HAS A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEAM OF PEOPLE COMMITTED TO THE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT OF FAITH-BASED COMMUNITIES AND AGENCIES.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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THE SHORELINE CONSULTANCY OFFERS A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE, BOTH IN THE UK AND ABROAD, TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES, CHURCHES, RELIGIOUS ORDERS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANISATIONS.

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