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February 2022

Welcome to our February newsletter with some exciting dates for your diary and the latest news on the Trust Learning Management System.

This month on the Zoom programme Tom Bree concludes his 3-session course on the architecture of Wells Cathedral, and the Thomas Traherne Reading Group meets for a second time. Then, following the recent death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we will be screening the film Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times, celebrating the Archbishop's warm friendship with the Dalai Lama. The film is not yet on general release, but we have special permission to show it free of charge on 8th February.

March sees the return of Rev. Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg. Marie-Elsa is an Anglican priest and has been Duty Chaplain at Westminster Abbey since 2009. She has studied Jewish mysticism alongside Christian theology and will be offering a session on how we can understand the place of Angels, Guides and the Messiah in both traditions. A reminder that a recording of Marie-Elsa’s talk on Kabbalah given last November is now available in the Wisdom Resources section of the Fintry Trust website here

Another welcome return is that of Greg Gauthier offering a session on how Faith and Reason should be partners in any spiritual search. In 2018 Greg won the Oxford Philosophical Society Boethius essay prize, and he runs an authoritative blog and podcast dedicated to his core areas of interest: ancient philosophy, the moral foundations of political authority, and the metaphysics of religion. Greg’s session is followed by Mark Vernon’s course Dante and the Expansion of Being. Over three sessions Mark will explore the spiritual states of those variously situated in the realms of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, of which Dante was the chosen witness.   

More 2022 events are already on the website, including on 26th November, a session with Dr Iain McGilchrist, eminent psychiatrist and author of many works, but best-known for The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale 2009).

Finally, a note that the Fintry Trust Library will be open 14.00-16.00 Wednesday 4th February. Please contact Fintry if intending to visit.

Thomas Traherne Reading Group
Sunday 6th February, 18.00
Details and Booking

Mission: Joy – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times
Tuesday 8th February, 18.00
Details and Booking

Divine Presence: Angels, Guides and the Messiah in Kabbalah
with Reverend Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg
Saturday 5th March, 18.00
Details and Booking

Faith and Reason
with Greg Gauthier
Tuesday 22nd March, 19.00
Details and Booking

Dante and The Expansion of Being
with Mark Vernon
3 Sessions Tuesdays 29th March, 5th April, 12th April, 19.00
Details and Booking


To book these and future events visit

You're invited to the launch of Integral Wisdom, the new online learning platform of The Fintry Trust

The Fintry Trust's new online learning platform Integral Wisdom is preparing to officially launch in February, offering a series of courses, engaging talks, guided meditations and self-assessments that you can watch in your own time. Regular live sessions with Q&A are also planned. 

Integral Wisdom courses are complementary to the existing offerings by The Fintry Trust, and draw upon the world’s wisdom traditions to explore timeless Ideas and Ideals and their relevance in today’s world. The programmes are aimed at seekers from all walks of life who are looking to explore the perennial questions. We invite you to join a supportive learning environment which encourages you to expand your mind, open your heart, serve the good, live joyfully and reconnect to the divine mystery. The courses are self-guided and can be accessed and completed within the platform at your own desired pace. 

As a supporter of The Fintry Trust, you will be offered early-bird access to preview the first installment of the course Myth, Mind and Magic for just £1 and are invited to provide feedback on how you found the new offering.

Myth, Mind and Magic is an engaging programme which delves into the hidden meanings behind key mythologies and examines their connection to consciousness, universal experience and the Deep Traditions which have guided mankind since the most ancient of times. The course furthers the ideas presented in Murray Morison’s recent series of talks for the Trust. 

To stay connected with Integral Wisdom and take advantage of early-bird access starting in February, subscribe to our newsletter at:

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Calendar Note

The Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries (1st - 3rd February)

The Eleusinian Mysteries took their name from the ancient Greek city of Eleusis, about 14 miles to the west of Athens. These initiation rites took place annually for nearly two thousand years until closed in 392 A.D. during the persecution of pagans in the late Roman Empire.

They centred on the myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades, King of the Underworld, her mother Demeter’s search for her lost daughter, and Persephone’s release, aided by Hermes, messenger of the Gods. Persephone’s release from the lower world and reunion with her mother is depicted here in Frederic Leighton’s The Return of Persephone (1891).

There were two Eleusinian Mysteries: the Greater and the Lesser. The Lesser Mysteries, which took place in the month of Anthesteria (February–March), were thought to do with the soul’s cathartic release from body, echoing Persephone’s release from Hades, and involved ritual purification preliminary to the Greater Mysteries. The latter took place in Boedromion in September-October and concerned the elevation of the soul to spiritual vision – those principles, from which, according to Plato, we are descended. Thus a return to the perfect enjoyment of intellectual or spiritual good.  

See also Unknowing and Unsaying: Negation in the Mystic Quest by Robert K. Clark, and W. R. Inge on ‘The Greek Mysteries and Christian Mysticism’.

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