- Tuesday 23rd June -
- BLOG POST
Congratulations to James Roose-Evans!
We are sure you would like to join us in congratulating James on this Award, given by the Archbishop;
Fr James Roose-Evans – The Dunstan Award for Prayer and the Religious Life, 2020
For his distinctive contribution in exploring over 65 years the relationship between art and life, the creative and the spiritual.
‘James Roose-Evans has made a special contribution to the theatre and the arts, considered as a vehicle for the Spirit. His own autobiographical or semi-autobiographical works (Inner Journey, Outer Journey, Opening Doors and Windows, and Blue Remembered Hills) show something of his spiritual journey – the background to his ordination in mid-life and his work to establish the very remarkable Bleddfa Centre for Spirituality and the Arts in Radnorshire in 1974, making use both of a redundant church and its neighbouring outbuildings and of his experience in spiritual practice. His interest in theatre and ritual has also led to important publications. His writing is vivid and fresh, and he combines an unfussed candour about his own experience (including his sexuality as a gay man who spent many years in a committed relationship) with a hospitable and literate curiosity about the classical sources of Christian spirituality and a clear, practical approach to how they are to be inhabited today. The Bleddfa venture grew out of many years of living part of the year in that remote area of Mid-Wales and ministering there in rural parishes when needed. There is an impressively ‘rooted’ quality to what he writes, and some of his books could stand alongside Kilvert’s diaries as a witness to local life in the area. The combination of his formidable reputation in the professional theatre (where he is a very highly regarded director indeed) with his record as a teacher and communicator of spiritual tradition is unusual if not unique.’
This award is a wonderful tribute to James, who continues to inspire us. You can view his latest video regarding his meditation here: http://jamesrooseevans.co.uk/video/
If you would like to subscribe to James’ blog The Sound of Silence, which appears twice a month, you can use this link: http://jamesrooseevans.co.uk/subscribe/
Further congratulations are in order, as the Redemptorist Publications has just launched a new series, entitled “Classics”, and the first volume in this series is a new edition of James’ ‘Inner Journey: Outer Journey’, with a special foreword by Rowan Williams; ‘A very precious and very practical book - it deserves to be loved and revisited often.’
Redemptorist will also, this autumn, be publishing James’ latest book: ‘Behold the Word’, with illustrations by John Rowlands Pritchard.
Huge congratulations to you James, from all of us here at Bleddfa.