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“The ocean is like God and raindrops are the religion. When they fall into the ocean they become one.”
Zoya Ahmed and Nurun Uddin
 

Palmers Players CIC

With Full Conviction


With Full Conviction, is a play seeking to engage with people using contemporary language and characters to inspire seekers with the message of Christ.

The early inspiration for our project were small and little known theatre companies of Quakers and Anglicans which toured the country during the Second World War. The plays took place in diverse places such as village halls, schools and air-raid shelters. Through engaging with the community in a dynamic way the performers were successful in reaching a wide audience with their message.

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We live in a society which is often angry and is becoming increasingly fragmented. There is great need for peaceable community but many spiritual seekers in our society do not feel that they would find anything meaningful in the church. Our play, With Full Conviction, seeks to engage with people using contemporary language and characters to inspire seekers with the message of Christ. It aims to inspire the building of communities which are engaged in the fruits of the Holy Spirit (The Bible, Galatians 5:22) and grounded in contemplative prayer, with the hope of leading to enhanced relationships of love, joy and peace, and open to all regardless of faith, identity or denomination.

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With Full Conviction presents the Christian message in a new way: one of life and experience rather than a system of belief.  In the performance two people are helped to recover their lives and purpose through the intervention of a third character who brings them a message of hope through engagement with both their spiritual and practical needs. Our contemporary characters, representing those often marginalised by the church and society, play key parts in challenging some of the attitudes about others which are often held in both churches and society.

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Following each performance there will be an opportunity for those who wish to discuss the themes of the play – forgiveness, blessing, healing and salvation – and those present will be invited to join one of our courses. The courses, such as Not in Word Only, have their origins in the writer’s (Neil Macdonald) experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola and the powerful encounter that resulted for him. The courses have been followed by people from different denominations, including Quakers, Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists and members of the United Reformed Church, as well as those of no defined faith.

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We anticipate that those who start with our contemplative prayer groups will meet with other spiritual seekers, including those who already go to churches. All who take part in the courses are encouraged to be open to the movement of the Spirit, to share with others in the group, and to listen to the experiences of others.

This is what people have said …
 
‘A space of stillness and reflection.’ Ben
‘So ecumenical we became Church.’ Gabrielle
‘Gave me a deeper sense of what particular passages were really saying to me.’ Tine
‘I like the open, honest and supportive atmosphere.’ Chris
‘I didn’t expect there to be so much laughter.’ Judith
‘It’s believers and unbelievers searching together.’ Barbara
‘A friendly group for anyone on a spiritual journey.’ Caroline
 
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... sometimes God will enflame the body of the devout servants of His here in this life: not once or twice, but peradventure right oft and as Him liketh, with full wonderful sweetness and comforts. Of the which, some be not coming from without into the body by the windows of our wits, but from within; rising and springing of abundance of ghostly gladness, and of true devotion in the spirit. (from The Cloud of Unknowing - 14th Century).
 

 
For more information:
http://www.withfullconviction.com
neil@withfullconviction.com