Diarmuid O’Murchu

Diarmuid O'Murchu


Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Sunday, April 23, 2017    
7:00 pm - 4:00 pm


King's Fold Retreat Centre
Range Road 40, Cochrane, Alberta, T4C 1A8

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Gospel Inclusivity:  In Church & Beyond with Diarmuid O’Murchu.  Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00 pm at St. Laurence Anglican Church (5940 Lakeview Drive SW)
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Diarmuid O’Murchu holds high the millions on the margins of the church who honour Jesus but feel they don’t fit in because of an alternative vision or minority status resulting from race, ethnicity, social standing or sexual orientation.  Inclusivity offers a faith dynamic characterized by discipleship with an adult Jesus in the service of an adult God.  It is a gift of the “Pope Francis effect”, an inevitable drive to reach out and bring in, the next step in a universal movement toward spiritual wholeness.

“Diarmuid O’Murchu continues to bring fresh eyes and prophetic vision to the wounded Church he loves.  Like a good medical doctor, in Inclusivity: A Gospel Mandate, he skillfully diagnoses the long festering wounds of radical patriarchy and the scandal of exclusion and writes a prescription for healing.” – Donald Cozzens, author, Notes from the Underground: The Spiritual Journal of a Secular Priest.

Diarmuid O’Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in the social ministry, predominantly in London, UK.  In that capacity, he has worked as a couple’s counselor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counseling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees.  As a workshop leader and group facilitator, he has worked on every continent except the Antarctic, facilitating adult faith development programs.  He has published over twenty books on themes to do with justice, evolutionary faith, poetry and the radical inclusivity of Jesus.  He now lives in Dublin, Ireland,  Those who have experienced him in the past report that he is fantastic.  His best known books include Quantum Theology (1996 – revised 2004), Ancestral Grace (2008), Jesus in the Power of Poetry (2009), Christianity’s Dangerous Memory (2011), In the Beginning Was the Spirit (2012), God in the Midst of Change (2013) and On Being a Postcolonial Christian (2014).  His most recent book is entitled Inclusivity: A Gospel Mandate (2015).  For more information, visit his website.

April 21-23, Diarmuid will be leading a retreat at King’s Fold Retreat Centre.  King’s Fold is a beautiful facility not far from Cochrane, Alberta.

Ecological Christianity in the 21st Century: In the early decades of the 21st Century, our understanding of faith beckons us to ever larger and inclusive horizons, with substantial implications for how we live our faith both within and outside our Church communities.  Through input, dialogue and reflective time, Diarmuid O’Murchu will engage us in exploring the ensuing challenges.

This retreat will appeal to anyone who yearns to find a more inclusive, compassionate and ecological Christian way.  Our time together will include time in sessions, workshop/meditation and quiet time to enjoy the beautiful King’s Fold surroundings

This retreat will begin at 6 pm on Friday evening and finish after lunch on Sunday.  The cost of the retreat is $385 per person double occupancy (private bath) or $585 single occupancy (private bath) and includes 5 meals (three Saturday and two Sunday).  To register, please phone The Rev. Anna Greenwood-Lee on or after Wednesday, January 4 at 403-249-6184 x 2 or email her at rector@stlaurence.ca.  A $100 deposit is due upon registration and the balance by April 1.  Please be prepared to tell her the names of those looking to share a room as well as any dietary requirements (not preferences!) the centre needs to know about.