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The Lantern Group
We are a group of people from several denominations united by a sense of need for spiritual development and a conviction that this is best obtained in a community.
All of us have been enormously helped and enthused by the work of a16th century Spanish nobleman, Inigo Lopez (afterwards called Ignatius and canonised in 1622. He devised a way of psychological and spiritual growth called the 'Spiritual Exercises' which he used for himself and then for a group of friends who gathered round him. The Exercises prefigure a good deal of modern psychology as well as spirituality and are as relevant today as they were in his day.
The group began in February 2009. Most of us were trained to guide people in these ways of meditation and prayer, but all had been fired by the way Ignatian methods had revolutionised their lives. We were not limited by considerations of denomination, knowing that the spirituality which had brought so much into our lives is a basic human need and does not recognise organisational boundaries.
We meet to pray, share and have a meal together once a month, recognising the power of the early church in doing just those things. We soon began to think that we could offer the good things which we enjoyed to others, and set up first a taster day and then other events which were open to all who wished to discover or enhance their spiritual lives.
You can read a fuller account of our development to date here.
Who we are
“The Lantern Group is an ecumenical group in South East Scotland, in the Ignatian tradition, who meet for mutual support, prayer and a shared meal, and who offer spiritual accompaniment and occasions for quiet reflection and retreat.”
“Members of the Group will have undertaken some training in spiritual accompaniment.”
A prayer for those who accompany others
we hear your invitation
to accompany others.
teach us to seek and find you in all things;
to listen with the ear of the heart;
to be led into the desert without surprise;
and to expect to find light in the darkness.
These are our hopes and our commitments
as we seek to accompany others
on the journey of life,
in Jesus' name. Amen