Many people consider that January is a lot longer than 31 days! This is usually due to it being the quiet month after the excitement of Christmas, and it can be the season of cold, gloom and long dark nights. But it is also the time of year when there are early signs of the return of the light, and by the end of the month there are signals in Creation that Spring with its welcome light is just around the corner. The themes of light and darkness are powerful ones in Scripture, and during this week we shall consider both the reality of the darknesses of this world and also the dark mysteries of God. We shall grasp hold of the fundamental truth of the light of Christ overcoming the dark. This will be a retreat for those who are seeking to travel as pilgrims of light-filled hope in a world that is too often shrouded in darkness. The house will be in silence from Monday night to Thursday tea-time.
Michael is an Anglican priest and Canon Emeritus of Derby Cathedral. He was formerly the Director of Anglican Renewal Ministries, and has worked for the Diocese of Derby overseeing Pioneer ministry and Fresh Expressions of Church. He is a founder member of the Community of Aidan and Hilda. He has written a number of nonfiction books including 'Restoring the Woven Cord', and more recently has authored several works of fiction including 'The Dorchadas Trilogy' and 'The Ocean and the Human Heart'. He is also a regular contributor to The Bible Reading Fellowship's New Daylight Bible notes.