Gulf Clergy Gather in Oman

Several of the Gulf Clergy and two spouses met at the Al Mana Centre in Muscat, Oman from 5thto 7thJune at the invitation of the Chaplain, the Rev’d Chris Howitz, and the Executive Director of the centre Rev. Aaro Rytkonen,a Lutheran pastor from Finland.

The Rev’d Aaro with Tricia Butt and the Rev’d Peijin Zhu at the Grand Mosque

Some were accommodated at the centre, while others were generously hosted by families in Muscat.

The programme began with an introduction to the interfaith and cross-cultural work of the Al Mana Centre by the Executive Director, including a session on Scriptural reasoning; time reflecting together on some of the pastoral issues that we share in common in the Gulf chaplaincies; and some reflection on our needs for lay training in our chaplaincies and what resources are available.

On the final morning we visited the beautiful Grand Mosque, its cloisters and gardens.

We are very grateful to Chris Howitz for all his hard work in co-ordinating all the arrangements, to Aaro Rytkonen for the time he gave and Archdeacon Bill for keeping us focused for the two days. Sadly not all were able to make it but those who did appreciated this refreshing time together.

Chris Butt