Differentiated self representation

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Generative Communities

First Experience:
Differentiated self representation

Our international and interdisciplinary colloquium on Generative Communities has borne fruit in this first experience on differentiated self representation.

We have developed this series of experiences for communities of men and women, religious and secular in order to enhance the experience of those who are “seeking life” at every stage of life.

These facilitated days will each consist of four encounters comprising scripture, presentation, shared response, poetry and group activity.

The  four encounters of each day will be developed from a colloquium to be held 6-7 January 2015, Atchison Kansas, especially the paper on “Participation in a Shared Project”.

Generative Communities

First Experience: Differentiated self representation

Participating communities and organisations: Ealing Abbey, London UK, St Benedict’s Abbey KS, Naos-Institute

The first community day was held at Turvey Abbey, 16 May 2014 for the Benedictine sisters of Turvey Abbey.

This experience was refined and repeated on 20 May 2014 for the Benedictine and Cistercian monks participating in the monastic renewal programme of Sant’Anselmo, the Benedictine College in Rome.

Fr James Leachman (Ealing Abbey) and Fr Daniel McCarthy (Atchison) once again facilitated the first experience in four encounters, this time at the request of the Union of Monastic Superiors, Great Britain. The day was hosted by Fr George Guiver CR and the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield on Thursday 25 September 2014. 12 monastic participants from Hyning, Mirfield and Stanbrook participated.

Fr James Leachman and Fr Daniel McCarthy will again facilitate the first experience in four encounters at the request of the Union of Monastic Superiors, Great Britain at Ealing Abbey on Thursday 4 December 2014. The day will be hosted by Abbot Martin Shipperlee and the community of Ealing Abbey.

Mother Mary Luke and the Community of the Holy Cross, Costock have asked the facilitators to present the first day of the first experience at Costock in early September 2014 for members of the monastic communities in the East of England.

The abbess and community of Stanbrook Abbey have asked the facilitators to present the first day of the first experience once more at Stanbrook Abbey on Thursday 25 September 2015.

First Experience: Differentiated self representation

The basic outline for this day is as follows.


First Encounter:     The human person as the ground of vocation, a reflection on scripture & human nature.

Second Encounter: Dr Jeannine Guindon experience of  differentiated representation of self

Third Encounter:    Differentiated representation of self in the teaching of Dr Guindon

Fourth Encounter:  Coming to a differentiated representation of self in community

Pre-requisites for participation in this day’s four encounters. An openness to discuss the significance of human experience and a willingness to use Sacred Scripture as a resource.

Recommended reading to give a background to the theory and practice:

Jeannine Guindon, The Integral Human Formation of Candidates Unknown-1for the Priesthood, tr. T. Prendergast, Sherbrooke, QC: Éditions Paulines, 1993.



If you would like more information on presenting a day or days for your community (religious or secular) please contact: jl AT jamesleachman DOT com

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