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Evelyn Underhill was a remarkable woman - a theologian and writer on the nature of prayer and the Christian life, a retreat conductor and spiritual director. A woman ‘of her time’ but in so many ways ahead of her time, Evelyn Underhill speaks into our current context with both challenge and encouragement.

Our own Diocesan Retreat House at Pleshey was a ‘thin place’ for Underhill and it continues to be so for many people today. It is here that her lost prayerbook was discovered and to here that many come to research her life and writings.

Celebration of Evelyn Underhill

Tuesday 15 June 2021 marked the 80th anniversary of the death of Evelyn Underhill.

To mark this anniversary year the diocesan Retreat House joined with the Evelyn Underhill Association in the USA and Hampstead Parish Church (Evelyn’s final resting place) to present a full week of online events with experts from the USA and Australia as well as the UK.

From 14 -18 June there was a feast of online sessions to choose from, including an academic day, service of celebration and an online party! Drawn from around the world to make this a truly international week, the guest speakers brought a passion and expertise in various aspects of Evelyn’s life. 


Introduction from Bishop Guli

Bishop Guli introduced the special week of online events to celebrate the life and work of Evelyn Underhill.

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