Sunday, 17 November 2013

Spirituality means social justice

Reeling from rather too much talk of and reading about 'spirituality' -  "I'm a spiritual person" makes me tired.

So good to remember Rowan Williams saying in the summer that true spirituality involves action and working for social justice. Know he was always bold and brave but this was particularly good to hear.
Speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August he said that the word 'spiritual' was frequently misused - either to mean "unworldly and useless' or 'I'm serious about my inner life, I want to cultivate my sensibility'.

“The last thing it is about is the placid hum of a well-conducted meditation ....

"Speaking from the Christian tradition, the idea that being spiritual is just about having nice experiences is rather laughable. Most people who have written seriously about the life of the spirit in Christianity and Judaism spend a lot of their time telling you how absolutely bloody awful it is."

Reading and watching

  • Foot by Foot to Santiago de Compostela/Judy Foot
  • The Testament of Mary with Fiona Shaw at the Barbican
  • The Testament of Mary/Colm Toibin
  • Schwanengesang/Schubert - Tony Spence
  • Journals/Robert Falcon Scott
  • Fugitive Pieces/Ann Michaels
  • Unless/Carol Shields
  • Faust/Royal Opera House
  • The Art of Travel/Alain de Botton
  • Mad Men Series 6
  • A Week at The Airport/Alain de Botton
  • The Railway Man/Eric Lomax
  • Bright Lights, Big City/Jay McInerney
  • Stones of Venice/John Ruskin
  • The Sea, the Sea/Iris Murdoch
  • Childe Harold/Lord Byron
  • All The Pretty Horses/Cormac McCarthy
  • Extreme Rambling/Mark Thomas
  • Story of my Life/Jay McInerney
  • Venice Observed/Mary McCarthy