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A Celebration of Evelyn Underhill

9th Jun 2021

Join the Retreat House Pleshey, the Evelyn Underhill Association (USA) & Hampsted Parish church in a Celebration of Evelyn Underhill

JUNE 14-18, 2021 | ONLINE

Tuesday 15 June marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Evelyn Underhill. She 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 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.

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.

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

Everyone across the Diocese is invited join in the online sessions. Not only can we celebrate this very special person, but we can showcase our much-loved retreat house to international guests and be enriched in our own discipleship, mission and ministry.

Booking is open on Eventbrite.

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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.

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Evelyn Underhill 

Find out more about Evelyn Underhill and the online Celebration at

The Diocesan House of Retreat, Pleshey

Evelyn Underhill spent a lot of time at Pleshey, she led retreats at the hosue and it was here that er lost prayerbook was discovered.

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