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July/August Issue #36

The Thanet St Planet

What's happening at the 'virtual' ILSC and around London
For those working on dissertations and final essays:


God Above All Things,

 In these moments while the document loads and my fingers rest on the keyboard grant me first an emptiness. Remove the to-do list that waits impatiently in the corner of my mind.

Quiet the voice saying, “You’re not ready, you’re not good enough, you don’t have anything to say.”

Shield me from the imagined judgmental gaze of my advisor.

Grant me first an emptiness, an openness, a mind unchained by anxiety.

Grant me then a fullness. Where insecurity lurks, pour out confidence and curiosity.

Where there is fatigue, fill me with generosity and energy. Where there is fear, fill me with courage.

 Shelter me in your strength and quiet the world around me.

For these few hours grant me peace and solitude in my thoughts.

 Bless this mind you’ve given and help me use it fully. Help me seek and push the limits of my abilities.

Remind me that I have read enough, I have enough, I am enough, and with time this paper will come to a place where it, too, is enough (at least for now).

 In Your name I pray, Amen.

Prayer by McKinna Daugherty

ILSC - Online

Friday 31 July 3pm - TODAY! 

ILSC Virtual Afternoon Tea

Join us for afternoon tea and maybe some games! Details for the zoom call are:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 842 8050 3911
Password: 992267
Zoom link

ILSC - Online

Sunday 2 August 7pm 

ILSC Evening Prayer

Join us for readings and prayers on Sunday evening. If you would like to take part in the service by reading or writing prayers, please get in touch. If you have any prayer requests, please feel free to send them in. The link to the Zoom session is below (Meeting ID: 850 9841 1856 / Password: 129221) 
Evening Prayer Zoom link
Volunteer for Chapel
Deadline 15 August

Dialogue Perspectives programme

Become a part of a unique European network of future decision-makers! Seize the chance to help shape the shared life of different religious communities in Europe, and our shared European society! Are you a student or doctoral candidate in the European Union or the UK? Active in the life of your university, religious community, or in civil society organisations and institutions? Interested in questions about the role of religions and worldviews? Believe in the importance of inclusive and innovative inter-religious and worldview dialogue? Seeking exchange and encounters with students and doctoral candidates from other countries and with a diversity of identities? Would you like to get involved in a unique network for inter-religious and worldview dialogue?

Come and grapple with these and other questions - formulate shared goals, forge new alliances, and get engaged with the DialoguePerspectives Programme!
Details and Application

Wherever you are!
Month of July/ Early August

ILSC Book Club

This month we're reading Shame by Salman Rushdie. Written in the style of magic realism, this book portrays the lives of Iskander Harappa and General Raza Hyder and their relationship. The central theme of the novel is that begetting "shame" begets violence. The concepts of 'shame' and 'shamelessness' are explored through all of the characters. We'll meet on 11 August to share our impressions.
Or if you're looking to rediscover London as a way to restart your mind, you can start with the back catalogue of Londonist videos and quizzes! 


August: a time for rest?

For many, August may be the time for summer holidays but there's also a large group of our community who are working on final projects or dissertations. But in the midst of our work, we're reminded of the importance of rest. If you need this reminder - check out the Nap Ministry and become reacquainted with the liberating power of naps!

Chelsea's choices

Melt in the mouth Lemon Meringue Ice Cream

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice-cream! Here's a quick receipe so you can make some at home. 

Lemon Curd (10.5oz)
Creme Fraiche (4.5oz)
Natural yogurt (2-3oz)
Meringue, bought ready-made (3.5oz)

To Make:
Lightly crumble the meringue and mix with the lemon curd, creme fraiche and yogurt. (more meringue can be added for a crunchier finish).
Transfer to a plastic container, place in the freezer, stir from time to time and let set in the freezer.

You can make this up to one week in advance.

From wherever you are

Feeling a bit ...?

If you're feeling a bit down or anxious or sad or on edge or a bit lost in the midst of everything going on around you - remember that the chaplain is here to provide support for you. Feel free to get in touch over the phone or email if you'd like to schedule a time to talk.
Contact the chaplain

From wherever you are!
Deadline 31 July

We need a new name!

Our newsletter has had the name Thanet St Planet based on our physical presence at 30 Thanet St. Now that we are no longer based there (but will end up at 10 Sandwich Street!), what should be the new name of this newsletter? Send in ideas using the link below!
New Newsletter Name
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