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My Life My Faith: Sheila Cotterill

July 29, 2014

My Life My Faith: Sheila Cotterill Sheila is the Manager of Llangasty Retreat House. She was brought up as a Baptist and gradually became an Anglican through singing services as a student, by marrying an Anglican - and by moving next door to a small country church. She worked as a solicitor for nearly 25 years before coming to Llangasty in 2012. Place of birth: Newport (then, Monmouthshire!) How do you like to relax? By reading novels, cookery books, newspapers – in fact anything but science fiction and war based thrillers. What are you reading at the moment? I’ve gone back to re-reading old favourites like Jane Austen, but really liked Malcolm Guite’s two collections of sonnets, ‘Sounding the seasons’ and ‘The Singing Bowl’. When has prayer been most important to you? I am really good at praying when I am struggling – nowhere near so good when things are going well. How does your faith shape your daily life? I try to apply Christian teaching and principles in all areas (ethics/shopping for example) – but it very often looks like cherry picking a quote to support what I instinctively think. Time to stop and reflect! What would your top Desert Island Disc be? ‘Alleluia’ by Eric Whitacre because it is so uplifting. Share a favourite bit of the Bible with us: If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139, verses 9 and 10 from the King James’ Version How would you like to see Llangasty making a difference? As a resource for Christians. A place where people can be equipped/refuelled to go out and serve; resourced for the challenges that face us all. Llangasty 1

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