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Peter Sills

– an Anglican priest, pilgrimage leader and prayer guide. Welcome to his website!

Like many priests I have developed materials for Christian education and formation, and the main purpose of this website is to make these materials available to anyone who might find them helpful. They are freely available for use in parishes or by individuals. I also give details of recent and forthcoming pilgrimages, retreats and publications. New material is added from time to time, and details are given in the What’s New panel. See below for a Guide to the pages.

Two new books, one recent, one soon to be published –

MEDARD’S JOURNEY – Reflections on the Pilgrim Way to Santiago de Compostela

Published in the autumn of 2019, Médard’s Journey brings together the talks that I gave on the 2014 and 2019 pilgrimages. It is based on the experiences of two medieval pilgrims, Médard, a wool merchant from La Chaise Dieu, and Robert, Under-Steward to the Vicompte Beaucaire. The reflections help us to enter into the world of medieval pilgrimage, and explore the spiritual journey of the two pilgrims – their questions and concerns have quite a contemporary ring! Details and a Review on the Pilgrimage page. 

LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS – The Christian Hope for Today

For the last few years I have been working on a book on hope, which, I am pleased to say, is to be published by Sacristy Press later this year, probably in June. 

Light in the Darkness explores the Christian hope for today. Taking to heart the petition in the Lord’s Prayer that the Kingdom shall come on earth as it is in heaven I ask, What does it mean for human society and for us individually if we really want heaven on earth? The Christian hope is often thought of simply as a hope for the life to come, but, I argue, if we are true to Jesus’ prayer, then our hope cannot be limited to the life to come, but is also for the life here and now – as the Christian Aid slogan put it, We believe in life before death.

I explore seven basic hopes – for truth, justice, freedom, a new beginning, enlightenment, peace and love. These hopes are beautifully expressed in the Advent Antiphons, the ancient praises of Jesus that mark the seven days before Christmas Eve; I bring them together with the I Am sayings of Jesus from St John’s Gospel and the Book of Revelation, and show how, with each of the seven hopes, Christian faith offers a deeper and more insightful understanding than secular approaches.

Light in the Darkness is written for thoughtful Christians and Christian leaders who want to deepen their spiritual resources. It is also written for ‘the serious middle ground’, those who, while not describing themselves as Christians, acknowledge that something is wrong with the contemporary world and that faith has an important bearing on this. The style is serious and engaging, but does not assume too much in the way of Biblical or theological knowledge. I raise challenging issues, particularly about the way economic ideas, our individualistic culture, and the legacy of the Englightment shape hope in the modern world, and offer a considered Christian response that unites the personal and the political.

I am pleased to say that the book is warmly commended by those who have read the drafts, as can be seen from the comments below. Further introductory material will be found soon on the book page. To receive details about publication when available, or to reserve a copy, please contact me via the Contact page.

An excellent study; insightful, scholarly, sensible and written in a style that is a joy to read. Erudite and full of wisdom, the connections it makes between scripture and today’s world offer much for careful reflection.  – Bishop Laurie Green

A real achievement. Written with a relaxed ease, it is a delight to read. I warmed to the way that the themes are teased out with an impressive range of theological, economic, biblical and literary reference. This is a book for Christians to get their teeth into without feeling hampered by a lack of theological or biblical education. – Dr Bridget Nichols

This thoughtful and challenging book is a treasure trove. Hope is central to the Christian faith and these meditations on it contain much to nourish that hope. It deserves to be widely read. – Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester

These thoughtful and prayerful reflections offer an admirable way of reflecting on the place of faith and hope in today’s world. – Professor Canon Robin Gill


Guide to the Pages

NB Where sub-pages drop down, there is also content on the main page. Clicking on the page title will open that page.

About: a biographical sketch introduces me, and there is also the text of an article I wrote about The Effect of Economics on Ethics.

Talks collects together occasional talks and reflections on the Christian faith, including ‘A Word in Season’, a series of meditations through the Christian Year. The sub-pages, Advent and Lent, contain talks written for those seasons of the Christian Year, including two sets of meditations for Holy Week.

Spirituality includes materials about Prayer and Spiritual Direction. The sub-page Lectio Divina describes this way of praying with the Bible, or other devotional writing.

Pilgrimage & Retreats explain what pilgrimage and retreats are about and give details of my recent and forthcoming pilgrimages and retreats. Pilgrimage also includes my pilgrimage addresses for the Holy Land, the Camino to Santiago de Compostella, and the Shrine of St Nicholas in Bari. In Retreats you will find the addresses I gave for the Ely Ordination Retreat in 2005: The Living Reminder. 

Books gives details of my publications, most of which can be downloaded.

Courses contains four basic courses covering the Bible, Worship, Prayer, and Christian Faith. The latter course, Believing & Belonging, uses a similar process evangelism approach to ‘Alpha’ and ‘Emmaus’, but with a different spiritual emphasis.

St Benedict brings together materials on Benedictine Spirituality and Leadership.