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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 marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Evelyn Underhill.

To mark this anniversary year the diocesan Retreat House is joining 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 will be a feast of online sessions to choose from, including an academic day, service of celebration and an online party! The guest speakers have a passion and expertise in various aspects of Evelyn’s life. They have been drawn from around the world to make this a truly international week.

Programme and speakers

The week begins and ends with worship from the chapel in Pleshey. Speakers include:

The Revd Dr Ellen Clark-King Dean of Kings College London. The after-dinner Speaker.

Professor Jane Shaw Principal of Harris Manchester College, Oxford: Scholarship. Day Keynote Address.

Bishop Frank Griswold Presiding Bishop of the USA and Primate of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Frank will be leading a session on spiritual formation.

Download the full programme

Book your tickets

Everyone across the Diocese is invited join in the online sessions.

Book tickets on Eventbrite

Introduction from Bishop Guli

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

BBC Essex interview

Revd Ann Coleman was a guest on BBC Essex Sunday Morning breakfast show to talk about the online Evelyn Underhill celebration event. Listen again on BBC Sounds to hear more about the online menu of theological and spiritual delights on offer during the special week.

Listen again

(1.19.00 - available until 27 June 2021)

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