Lilias Trotter Symposium

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  1. Cheryl Biehl says:

    This sounds most exciting! Oh, how I would love to be there but we are out of country. Have a beautiful time, Miriam. Our prayers and love are with you.

  2. Donna lobs says:

    I cannot be present but wish I could.However, my church here in NC will be showing the film on Sept 18. Laura just happens to be the daughter-In-law and sister- in -law of fellow parishioners!

  3. mhrockness says:

    That is just amazing! I have never met them but I rather suspect that Laura could not have filmed MBT without their help with the children!

  4. lesleyhumphreys2014 says:

    From: Lilias Trotter To: Sent: Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 21:32 Subject: [New post] Lilias Trotter Symposium #yiv1695876591 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1695876591 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1695876591 a.yiv1695876591primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1695876591 a.yiv1695876591primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1695876591 a.yiv1695876591primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1695876591 a.yiv1695876591primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1695876591 | mhrockness posted: ” Lilias Trotter Symposium – Thursday, September 15, 2016All events will be held in the Barrows Auditorium, Billy Graham Center on the campus of Wheaton College. There is no cost to attend. Advance registration is requested, but no” | | Dear Miriam, I am writing once more to request that those of us who live in the UK, (Lilias’ native land) should have  the same opportunities as our american cousins to access the marvellous wealth of resources concerning Lilias Trotter, especially an opportunity to see her original sketch books.Surely there are people int he UK who could cooperate with you to arrange this. I look forward to hearing from you. Lesley Humphreys |

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    – Lilias Trotter Symposium – Thursday, September 15, 2016 All events will be held in the Barrows Auditorium, Billy Graham Center on the campus of Wheaton College.  There is no cost to attend. Advance registration is requested, but not strictly required. Please register here.Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the lot directly east of Barrows Auditorium. A campus map, directions to campus, and suggestions for local lodgings are available on the college website. Tentative Schedule

    | 2.00pm | Exhibit opens (Barrows lobby) Display of original artifacts | | 2.30pm | Welcome and introduction | | 2.30–3.30pm | Miriam Rockness on the life of Lilias Trotter and on her research project Q&A | | 3.30–4pm | Laura Hinson Waters on making the film Q&A | | 4–4.30 pm | Break | | 4.30–5 pm | Matthew Milliner on John Ruskin | | 5–­5:30 pm | Lena Connor and Giovanna Meek on leading film discussions for churches or other groups | | Dinner on your own | | 7 pm | Film Showing (70 minutes) “Many Beautiful Things: The Life and Vision of Lilias Trotter” | | 8.15–9 pm | Panel discussion with focus on vocation Chris Armstrong (chair) Panelists: Miriam Rockness, Laura Hinson Waters, Brian & Sally Oxley, other? |

    About Wheaton’s Trotter Collection Special Collections, Buswell Library holdings related to Lilias Trotter include original journals and sketchbooks on loan from Brian and Sally Oxley. Brian and Sally are graduates of Wheaton College and have had a joy of collecting rare books and other materials as a means of sharing the story of God’s love that is found in the good news of Jesus Christ. Lilias Trotter’s life and work exhibits this same testimony.Along with the wonderful original diaries and sketchbooks, Special Collections has additional materials by Trotter in the Steven Barabas Keswick Collection, which houses published devotional materials like Cherry Blossoms (found below). About Lilias Trotter The 19th century produced several extraordinary missionaries whose dedicati

    • mhrockness says:

      Leslie, I take very much to heart your desire to have a LT presence in England – her homeland. And while rarely do things “happen” as quickly as one hopes, we are presently working on that. We are exploring venues to make the DVD available and I know that Dr. Sue Brown (archivist for AWM) has already secured some UK screenings and is in the process of considering others. One of the summer highlights – for Lilias! – was the screening of MBT at the Keswick Convention. Lilias, as you know, was on the ground floor of that movement. It shaped her spirituality and was a place to which she returned, through the years, for prayer support and recruits for the ministry. Any ideas as to how we could make Lilias more accessible in England would be welcome. We meet as a small advisory board, September 16, and this will be an important concern of our “agenda.” Thank you for your interest and concern. All Blessings, Miriam

  5. Wish I were close by to attend. What a great event. I wonder if I could ask a question here. I recently purchased a copy of “A Blossom in the Desert” and I see on page 51 the quotation, “Believe in the darkness what you have seen in the light.” Could you tell me the source and context of this from Miss Trotter’s writings? I am very interested in this phrase and variations of it through the years. Thank you.

    • mhrockness says:

      This is one of my favorite Lilias quotes. It was taken from her diary, 10 August 1901. She was taking a “break” from the heavy load in N.A. and, after having a reunion with her brother in Zermott (Switzerland) she sought a place even higher in the mountains to “be alone with God.” And, here, as always seemed to be the case for Lilias, God “spoke to her” through His Handiwork. She writes, “‘Believe in the darkness what you have seen in the light’ – That was this mornings ‘first lesson’ – For when I opened my shutters about 5.30, there was a lovely clear happy morning sky above the grey gold rocks a glistening snow of the Weirshorn & Roth-horn. While a thick bank of white cloud lay below in the valley – Half an hour more & it had risen around us till there was nothing to be seen but a few dim ghosts of trees. Yet one knew having once seen that sky, that a radiant day was coming, & that the clouds could do nothing but melt. And me they did, the peaks glimmering like far off angels at first, & clearing till they stood out radiant & strong, with the fogs dropped down to their feet like a cast off mantle. All depended on what one had seen first.”

      In Blossom, I paired the quote with an Algerian painting of “darkness” instead of her w.c. of light – as I wanted to emphasize the “darkness.”

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