Autumn 2016

Editorial

VARYING STYLES of spirituality – what we might call “approaches to God” – are the focus for this issue of SEARCH. And while the pilgrim paths up the mountain may appear initially to be many, readers may nd they turn out to have more in common than expected. On the evidence of what follows, one pilgrim will easily recognise another on the interweaving way.
We begin with an approach that may be unfamiliar, chosen for that very reason, ‘Walking the Labyrinth’. Written by Lauren Artress of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, it encourages us to share in the deep spiritual nourishment to be found through this ancient practice. To come back home, we join Bishop Richard Henderson, that acclaimed leader of retreats, to share his preparations for such an event, opening us to God.
Joining Anne Thurston as she explores three Seamus Heaney poems in relation to a Gospel story may seem rather di erent: in the absence of traditional piety, it is the poet’s sensitivity to God at work in human goodness, that o ers us food for thought. Further awareness of the place of the arts in our search for God comes from Br. Cyprian Love of Glenstal, in “Music as watching for Christ”.
While it has been impossible to cover all styles of spirituality in this issue, the aim has been to o er as wide a variety as we can. We wander as far as the Eastern Mediterranean to learn from Patrick Comerford of his experience of the Orthodox tradition, and then return to Northern Ireland for articles related to both New Wine and A rming Catholicism from David McClay and George Irwin respectively.
Then voices in Dublin chip in from our National Cathedral and New Expressions, speci cally from Eimhin Walshe and Greg Fromholz, both deeply concerned in their own settings to draw seekers alienated by institutional church life into a transformative experience of worship. Our concluding article on Centering Prayer by Carol Casey relates helpfully to the earlier contributions. We hope for further contributions in the area of spirituality for future issues of SEARCH. Do please send them in to the editor!
Sad to say, we are losing our book reviews editor, Stephen Farrell, who other duties have become to onerous for him to continue. Thank you, Stephen, for all you have done for us!

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