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Rapport is the official magazine of the Lee Abbey Movement. It is published three times a year and sent to all Lee Abbey Friends of Jesus.  Here are some of its recent issues and their articles.

September to December 2023

Navigating ‘new normals’
Rachel Oates reflects on finding God in unexpected places

A season of change in the Small Missional Communities
Andy Wooding Jones, the SMC Chair, relates how SMC trustees are aiming for firm foundations

Suzanne Irving reflects how in our fragility we are both jars of clay and God’s masterpieces

May to August 2023

Developing resilient faith
Rev Dr Ian Paul suggests some strategies to help us handle disappointment better

Hearing the Father’s voice
Lin Button suggests we need to be still and listen more

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January to April 2023

Pray as you go: when life becomes a prayer
Emma Holland describes how Ignatian spirituality can help us draw closer to God

God moves into the neighbourhood
Dave Hopwood describes how we no longer need be afraid of having God in our midst

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September to December 2022

Rediscovering the ministry of blessing
Russ Parker shares candidly how an unlooked-for prayer request helped him re-think the meaning of God’s blessing

Triple listening
Paul Woolley considers the importance of listening, for disciples of Jesus in today’s world.

May to August 2022

The Holy Spirit in family life
Lecturer, author and mum, Helen Collins shows us how we can let the Holy Spirit change and improve the sometimes mundane, chaotic and difficult aspects of our closest relationships.

The joy of the mid-faith crisis
Nick Page asks: what do we do when we are holding onto our faith by a thread?

January to April 2022

Praying with God’s Word
Author and speaker Amy Boucher Pye delves into different ways of hearing God speak to us through the Bible

Daring to lose sight of land
Gordon Crowther challenges us to not settle back into the familiar, but keep pioneering

The way up is down
Mark Melluish explains that the way to get to know God better is to ‘get down low.’

September to December 2021

Can I have a word, Lord?
David Runcorn examines how we understand the Bible and how new truths ‘break forth’

No packing required
Sally Dakin explores how we can have a retreat at home

Emerging from ‘our cave’
Susan Edmondson reflects on stepping out into new freedom after Covid restrictions

May to August 2021

Disruption or opportunity?
Sandy Pepper, Chair of Lee Abbey London, urges us to embrace the openings provided by the pandemic for the gospel

Where is God in the pandemic?
Phil Park reflects on changing our focus in challenging times

Silent power at work
Sister Carol reflects on intercessory prayer and explains how we can embrace its challenges and learn to ‘live it’

Gratitude, attitude and kindness
Hope Price puts her lockdown mottos into action

January to April 2021

The gift of singleness
Margaret Warne explores the Christian view of singleness

To be a pilgrim
Jennie Cappleman considers what a pilgrimage actually is, and how to embark on one

Walking with God
Esther Birtwistle offers a reflection on pilgrimage

Artwork inspires Lee Abbey Aston
Paul Lacey explains how three pieces of artwork have equipped and encouraged Aston SMC to live out their calling

September to December 2020

Ford, Plymouth — home to the new Lee Abbey SMC
Susan Edmondson, Chair of Lee Abbey Small Missional Communities Board, outlines an exciting development

A special place
John Simmons reflects on the importance of rural churches for local communities

Window of opportunity
Rachel Oates reflects on the impact of Covid-19 on the environment

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May to August 2020

Staying connected
Dr Maggie Paul reflects on remaining faithful in strange times

Hospitality, cooking, questioning and sharing our story
Miriam Williams looks at new ways of communicating our faith story

Beacon receives top award
Keith Ovenden explains why The Beacon Activity Centre merited the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) Gold Standard Award

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Two sides of the same coin
Denis Alexander looks at some of the similarities between science and faith

Farmers under pressure
Farm Manager Simon Gibson highlights the impact of mass markets on the environment and the challenges farmers face as they care for livestock and the landscape

A way of life that works
Jill Weber considers what it means to live a life that taps into our deepest desires

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Easter re-imagined
The Beacon Activity Centre Team find an innovative way to engage children with the Easter story

Grief: a journey through the seasons
Abi May explores how we can cope with the changes that bereavement brings

Cover photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

May to August 2019

Tree of life
Ann Persson introduces a creative reflection which will help us take stock of our lives

Earthen vessels: Treasured containers
Bridget Macaulay gets to grips with how God inhabits this ‘fragile vessel’, us.

Beautiful and mysterious
The poet Malcolm Guite explores how Jesus reveals Himself to us through the ‘I Am’ sayings of John’s Gospel

January to April 2019

Knowing God: Fully human and fully divine
Jane Williams examines how our vision of God shapes who we are, how we live and what we think the world is for

Hope for tomorrow
Justin Tomkins looks at how we can help future generations celebrate technology and science without being ruled by it

Healing: are we diffident, arrogant or confident?
Val Turner explores how we trust God when praying for healing

September to December 2018

The gift of tears
Suppressed, hidden, apologised for, writer and speaker David Runcorn asks us to look again at how God can use our tears

Ascension to Pentecost: prayer, community and mission
Inspired by the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative Jonathan Banks and Esther Birtwistle reflect on a ‘zig zag’ journey from Devon to Yorkshire

Bringing good news to Crickhowell, Wales
Mission chaplain Nick Haigh and a team from Lee Abbey join in with what God is doing

May to August 2018

Get wisdom!
Bev Shepherd examines the biblical definition of true wisdom
and how to steer a course which leads to life

Living in Christian community
Bishop Alan St Albans considers the resurgence of Christian communities in the West and what we can learn from St Benedict

Wrestling in the dark
Dave Hopwood reflects on Jacob’s struggle at the River Jabbok and other Bible characters who wrestle with reality

January to April 2018

A revue to remember
Simon Holland considers the radical love of the Servant King, demonstrated in Lee Abbey Devon’s performance of Lee Misérabbeys

Seasoned by Seasons
Michael Mitton reflects on Bible stories which connect with the seasons of the soul

September to December 2017

Martha, Mary and the toothbrush test
Sally Dakin reflects on finding the balance of activity and rest and choosing to be ‘present to the presence of God.’

Mustard seeds, diamonds and dancing feet
Barry Dugmore explores growth in discipleship and how our ‘mustard seed’ of faith can extend the Kingdom of God

Exciting times ahead for Lee Abbey’s SMCs
Susan Edmondson unpacks the future vision

May to August 2017

‘The holy here’ – encounters with God in the ordinary
Bridget Macauley recognises those everyday moments of life which are charged with God’s presence

Remarkable lives used by God
Mark and Joanna Williamson look at four inspirational stories

Gardens – the new sanctuary space
Award winning garden designer Hannah Genders reflects on how our gardens can become the spaces that provide a sanctuary from this modern, fast paced world

January to April 2017

Raw power and intricate detail
Ruth Bancewicz and Bob White consider the awesome wonder of God revealed in creation

What on earth are we doing?
Living a purposeful life in the Kingdom of God

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70th celebrations
Simon Holland reflects on the spiritual power-house that is Lee Abbey at 70

Letting in the LIGHT
Shaun Lambert considers the value of being still whilst on a retreat and ‘cleaning the windows of our soul’

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Food and faith
Andy Lester and Ruth Valerio examine how we can live well whilst also protecting the needs of the planet.

Being ‘unbusy’ with God
Bev Shepherd considers how spending time in prayer enables us to receive God’s love and restoration

Words of Life
Silas Crawley examines how our words can be a powerful catalyst for affirmation and growth

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God, science and nature
Graham Swinerd and John Bryant consider the evidence of divine design in our awe-inspiring universe.

Jane Willis reflects on a silent retreat at Lee Abbey Devon: ‘No words, no wine, no web – but I had my camera.’

Moving from trying to training
Joe Davis looks at how we can redeem a ‘dark night’ of the soul by the practice of spiritual disciplines in following Jesus.

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Life’s changing seasons
Bob Evens reflects on life’s different seasons – and God’s provision for each new phase.

I wish we had all been ready
The Parable of the Sower has a vital message for today as Barry Kissell explains …

Contemplating the Psalms
Roger Wagner reflects on the inspiration behind his project to illustrate and translate the Psalms.

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Creation sings the Father’s song
Lee Abbey Warden David Rowe considers the beauty of creation and the way God brings order out of chaos so that nothing is lost.

A guest’s experience of a silent retreat at Lee Abbey

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To be a pilgrim
A new course, commissioned by the Church of England, aimed to inspire confident, transformative discipleship. Is this a rival to Alpha? Paula Gooder unpacks the Pilgrim course.

Hope means hearing the music of the future. Faith means dancing to it now.

Rapport Sep-Dec 2014September to December 2014

What’s so amazing about place?
Dave Bookless reflects on ‘thin places’ and finding God’s presence wherever we live.

The Psalms Project
Ali Hull talks to composer Steven Faux about The Psalms Project, a contemporary journey through the vivid landscape of Psalms told in the musical language of feature films.

The God who calls: Genesis and the love of God
Jane Williams explains why she is enthralled by the book of Genesis.

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Job – touching the void

So you want to see your book in print?

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The God who speaks

Write for your soul

What’s in a name?

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Building bridges of hope through music

God’s gift of reconciliation

Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Training

Rapport-3-13May to August 2013

End of an era

Lee Abbey Devon tops the Fairtrade chart

Sharing his saving love