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Sacred spaces are all around us, says vicar.

TOWN council meetings, city allotments or village parenting classes may not stand out as obvious places to find spiritual values, but they may be as important a sacred space as the local church, a vicar from Llandaff has said.

The Rev Val Hamer is asking parishioners to look beyond the church to seek out "seven sacred spaces" - places which help bring life to the whole community and help it to thrive.

The spaces are based on the monastic experience and the idea is to look for modern equivalents of seven key areas: the cell, cloister, chapter, chapel, garden, refectory and scriptorium.

Val, who is the Llandaff Diocesan Missioner, launched the Seven Sacred Spaces project at the Diocesan Conference at Llandaff Cathedral on Saturday.

She has made a DVD of examples of sacred spaces in communities and hopes it will encourage others to see how their own communities can flourish better. Examples include the Gigabytes e-cafe in Bargoed, which provides space for teenagers, Vision Products factory in Llantrisant, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and St Peter's Community Garden, Fairwater, Cardiff, developed by volunteers and young offenders.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 28, 2011
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