Refresh Journal of Contemplative Spirituality
Refresh, Spiritual Growth Ministries' journal of contemplative spirituality, is published twice a year, usually in July and December. Each issue works with a theme that is both relevant and stimulating of thought, prayer and discipleship.
Accessing the current issue
Printed copies of the full Journal are available by subscription. There is a suggested donation of $5 per issue (for New Zealand subscribers) to help cover costs of publication and postage. Simply go to the Contact page and let us know your name, postal address and email address, and we will add you to our mailing list.
The journal is made available online in PDF format. (Adobe Reader is needed to read PDF documents. Most computers have this software installed by default. If not, a free version is available from www.adobe.com).
The Winter 2017 issue focuses on the theme of 'Resistance.'
Many Refresh readers are involved in spiritual direction in one way or another. As we walk with God and one another, we will all encounter some form of resistance to divine guidance and grace. I hope you will wrestle vigorously with the challenges to resistance in this edition. Of course we could also devote an entire separate edition to resistance in the political context – and maybe we will! Fran Francis article on Rest as resistance is a taster for things to come.
You’ll also find in this edition – what is for me – the very exciting contribution contemplatives are making to the emerging science of consciousness. Benno Blaschke’s PhD research on the contemplative experience of God is sure to overturn some tables in the temple of academia. I look forward to the scholarly reaction.
There’s a lot of my work included in this issue so that’s certainly enough from me for now!
Archive of past issues
Until 2001 Spiritual Growth Ministries published a Newsletter twice a year. From 2001 this became the journal Refresh. Click on the issue title to access a past issue:
Summer 2017 Like a Child
Winter 2016 Silence
Summer 2015 Who is My Neighbour?
Winter 2015 Just Peace
Summer 2014 Letting Go
Winter 2014 Image of God
Summer 2013 Meaning to Live
Winter 2013 Waiting
Summer 2012 I and Thou
Winter 2012 Healing
Summer 2011 Wooed by God
Summer 2010 Refresh-Lite Newsletter
Winter 2010 Storytelling
Summer 2009 Recession
Winter 2009 Faith
Summer 2008 Earth and Spirit
Winter 2008 Trinity and Spirituality
Summer 2007 Spirituality and Justice
Winter 2007 Encountering Jesus
Summer 2006 Creativity and Spirituality
Winter 2006 Reel Light: Film and Spirituality
Summer 2005 Intimations of Life
Winter 2005 Amazing Grace
Summer 2004 Pilgrimage
Winter 2004 Meditation
Summer 2003 Spirituality Is ...
Winter 2003 Forgivenessrefresh_7_1_.pdf
Summer 2002 Spiritual abuse
Winter 2002 Spirit and Shadow
Summer 2001 Soul-Tending
Winter 2001 Contemplative and Contemporary
Summer 2000 The Presence of Absence
Winter 2000 Exploring Our Mystical Traditions
Summer 1999 Jubilee Time
Winter 1999 Celtic Spirituality
Summer 1998 The Glory of Age
Winter 1998 Spirituality and Beauty