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
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The Summer 2018 issue focuses on the theme of 'Mortality.'
I’ve mentioned it before – knowing I’d die if they didn’t get the cancer out when I was eighteen. Having to face my own mortality so young was a precious gift really – a gift that’s always enabled me to savour being alive with intensity. I was ALIVE! I Got to LIVE! My neck scar – was my red badge of courage. Covering it up was out of the question.
Mortality did manage to hit me like a freight train though, when I realised much later – that nothing could protect me from experiencing the pain of grief at the loss of someone I love. For grief is the unavoidable cost of loving! Even loving life! All that being said, it is my deepest conviction that God’s love is stronger than death!
I’m deeply humbled and grateful to all those who contributed to this Summer edition of Refresh on Mortality – especially those facing their own frailty as they put pen to paper.
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:
Winter 2017 Resistance
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