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Thursday, 27 August 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Someone recently told me that she hadn't been to a party for about 5 years, which really struck me, as here at L'Arche Inverness, we have parties all the time! In fact it is hard to keep up with them all, as we celebrate everyone's birthday and the anniversary of them coming to L'Arche, as well as house anniversaries, the community anniversary, workshop anniversary, Christmas, New Year, Valentines, Pancake Day, Easter...you name it, we celebrate it!
Thursday, 21 May 2009
What do you get if you mix a great pub, traditional but lively Scottish music, 20+ members of L'Arche Inverness, countless packets of crisps and enough Coke/lager/coffee/wine to fill the Ness River?
A toe-tapping, jig dancing, glass clinking, crunching & munching, yee-ha of a night out!
I don't think Hootananny's will forget our invasion for a while! But summer is coming, the evenings are long and light and there is a definite spring in our steps - time to get out!
Saturday, 9 May 2009
During his visit he and Barbara went out for lunch and decided to try out a new café in Inverness. Our roving reporters checked out the newly opened Olive Grove tea room.
We liked: The selection of refreshing tea at 60p a cup! The homemade soup. The homebaking - yum! Even harder to resist at 60p a slice!
Overall: A simple but tasty menu at very affordable prices in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, run by one of the local churches. Barbara says: "This is a good café!"
Thanks very much Ien Tchov and Barbara for trying out The Olive Grove, it sounds like just the sort of place we at L'Arche like going to! Has anyone else visited a good local café or interesting place recently? Do let us know!
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Below is a picture from the 30th Anniversary celebrations of our community. Roddy Ross came to play the pipes for us, and a huge ice-cream cake had just been served. Cathol was able to indulge his twin passions! As Roddy marched up and down the hall, he was followed by Cathol, marching and eating his ice cream. When I think of Cathol, I always have this picture in my mind!
Cathol's gift to us during his last months was one of gentleness and peace. Everyone slowed down around him, and it was a great privilidge to have him live his last few days in Braerannoch, where he died in his own bed, with his family around him, with other members of the house close at hand. Today in remembering Cathol, we remember someone who was really fundamental in making L'Arche Inverness the community that it is. May we be re-inspired to create and share community anew, in the Highland welcome of The Disciple.
Saturday, 25 April 2009
A group of us from L'Arche Inverness have just come back from a Friendship Retreat held jointly with L'Arche Edinburgh. Five pairs of friends, (core member with assistant) had been preparing for some time beforehand, meeting to share about some important aspects of their freindship, looking for photos, music, everyday objects and anything else that would help them communicate their life journey and special friendship. The retreat was facilitated by members of both communities. We all travelled to The Bield in Perthshire, which is a small but very beautiful place to meet. Each day we started in prayer, then in energetic and enthusiastic ball throwing and stretching outdoors in the spring sun! We told the story of the Road to Emmaus, from the Gospel of Luke, using wooden figures. Two pairs shared their stories each day and although all were different, all were very rich and proundly beautiful. We also had celebrations, times of creativity in the art room, time to talk and reflect, breadmaking, music and song. Some went swimming, others preferred walking in the beautiful gardens. We enjoyed lovely food and plenty of tea breaks! It was really good to make new friendships and deepen existing ones between our two communities. The size of the group meant that the retreat was tailor-made and personalised to the needs and interests of those attending, and it was a joy to see everyone's gifts being utilised and celebrated. It was a very full four days, but a great reminder of what our life in L'Arche is all about: Transforming Relationships.
Check out the slideshow of pictures from the retreat on the top right hand side of the blog. Click on the picture if you want to see it a little larger.
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche, has been interviewed by Mark Tully as part of a radio programme being broadcast this Sunday, April 5th April. Apparantly it was a good recording and it is always inspiring to hear Jean, so do tune in! Here are the details:
Palm Sunday, Radio 4, "Something Understood" programme, which goes out twice that day, at 06.05-06.35 GMT and 23.30-24.00 GMT.
BBC World Service will repeat their version of the programme, 3 times, on:
25 April, 18.32 and 23.32
26 April, 13.32 GMT
Listen online by clicking on this link:
"Something Understood" is a BBC radio series which "examines some of the larger questions of life, taking a spiritual theme and exploring it, normally through music, prose and poetry".
The theme is the deeper spiritual meaning of hospitality.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Friday, 13 March 2009
This is one of the busiest times of the year for the L'Arche Garden Workshop - a lot of clearing up after winter, and getting ready for the growing season ahead. Martin (above) keep paths clear, while Lilias and Graham have been preparing the polytunnel for the first seedlings which are already shooting in the greenhouses.
In the Conservatory we are all enjoying a bumper display of peach blossom.
There's not much in bloom in the garden yet, but prayer flags brought back from India by Stephen Pennington, our Committee Chair, add some needed colour.
Monday, 2 March 2009
We are delighted to introduce you to Brian MacDonald, who was recently asked to be the new Assistant's Co-ordinator. Brian has been part of the community for several years and also brings a lot from his previous work life and his experiences of community. Brian is married to Agnes and they have 5 children. Interested in being an assistant in our Community? Get in touch with Brian!
Brian has been organising times for assistants from our different Community houses to get together, to relax, share something of themselves and their lives. Pictured here is Lysann, Silvie, Mandy,Martina, Coonor and Vladimir with Brian in the woods near Inverness.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Signs of spring are slowly appearing, but in the meantime, in The Snug, Fiona, Rebecca and Lilias have been busy creating artwork with a spring theme, to bring colour and new life in these still-cold days.