I've never stayed in a monastery before.It was exciting! We were staying in the cottages at http://www.douaiabbey.org.uk A cross between a homely home and a youth hostel, they were the perfect mix of cosy and business like for the weekend. We went to lunch time prayers in the main abbey which were simple and lovely. The weekend itself was expertly catered by Richard Bickle, and there were some moving moments of worship amongst the intense planning. The Student Christian Movement have a long history and we drew on some of that in a panel discussion with former General Council members from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 2000s. http://www.movement.org.ukI love how there are sometimes spontaneous moments of sung worship at SCM events. Along side Greenbelt style Beer and Hymns, and Agape Lunch communion service with actual lunch in the middle and Halle Halle Halle sung as we cleared away, I enjoyed the gentle run through of the spiritual "Over My Head" which started with three people, finished with the whole room and even harmonies. So simple and honest!Here's a very posh version of the song:
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbx2rjTpkE4?wmode=transparent]Here's a jazzy version
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFOjOEEtt5o?wmode=transparent]I feel like we got lots of things planned. I'm going to be focusing on new media, and getting people from other organisations to come to the conference.