Desert Banquet - book coverDesert Banquet – A Year of Wisdom from the Desert Mothers and Fathers

by David G. R. Keller.

Desert Banquet explores the experiences of the ancient desert fathers and mothers and offers reflections on their meaning for twenty-first century believers. Twelve themes, one for each month of the year, will introduce readers to the spiritual food that nourished and shaped the lives and hearts of these desert elders. Although these themes demonstrate common values and practices, there was for them no single rule of life except the common ingredient of the Great Commandment: love of God and neighbour. Desert Banquet is neither a study of the lives of the desert mothers and fathers nor a how-to book on desert spiritualty. It is an opportunity to reflect, one day at a time, on their wisdom.

The group will reflect on several ‘days’ with a common theme at each session.

Session information:    The group will meet on alternate Tuesdays commencing January24th then fortnightly at 2.30pm in the centre lounge.  Each session will be led by Team clergy and others.


Before the first session: Introduction, pp. xv-xix

January 24th – Withdrawing from the World: pp. 1-2; January 1-4, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19.

February 7th   The Cell: pp. 21-22; February 1-4, 6, 7, 8.

February 21st     The Cell: February 11-14, 16, 19, 20, 23

March 7th    The Cell: February 20, 23, 25, 26, 28

March 21st   Caring for One’s Soul: pp. 39-40; March 1-7, 10.

April 4th   Caring for One’s Soul: March 13, 14, 16, 18, 19.

Note: the numbers refer to the days of the month for which a short passage is given.

To participate in the group: Please purchase your own copy of the book from the office cost £12.99  and just turn up with the book for the first session. For further information and details contact Susan Scott 01235 522960