Building Bridges, Connecting Arcs

Building Bridges, Connecting Arcs

Another fascinating reflection on Robert Grosseteste’s work in optics.

Ordered Universe

A post by Joshua Harvey, D.Phil. student, Department of Engineering Science and Pembroke College, University of Oxford, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of ‘The Mental and Material Laboratories of Medieval Science’ project, under the aegis of the Ordered Universe.

Parry Arc Halos featuring a Parry arc – photograph by Martina Wisotzki

The latest research article from the Ordered Universe project: “Bow-shaped caustics from conical prisms: a 13th Century account of rainbow formation from Robert Grosseteste’s De iride” is available to read now, open access at the Optical Society of America’s journal Applied Optics. Grosseteste’s treatise De iride [On Rainbows], which may be familiar to long-term followers of the Ordered Universe project, explores theoretical optics, colour theory, and meteorology to give one of the most comprehensive pre-renaissance scientific writings on the rainbow. With this most recent article, we explore his pioneering model of rainbow formation…

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Sculpting With Light

Well, there has been a lot going on over the last few weeks. Alexandra and various members of the academic team took part in a week-long summer school at Oxford over the first week of August. This took place at Pembroke College as part of its award-winning access to university scheme. Sixth-form students from across the UK, and from rural India, and Boston Massachusetts gathered for a week of intense learning and teaching based around medieval science and its modern analogues. Alexandra produced a wonderful installation sculpture, Ether, in the chapel over the course of three days. The play of light was amazing, and the blend of materials, space and light, created a structure drawing on both medieval and modern cosmology.

Ether

This has inspired more developments which we’ll report soon!

Sculpting With Light

Clare’s 100 mile eco-cycle ride


The Diocese of Ely Environment Co-ordinator, Clare Redfern, will be cycling 100 miles on the weekend of 12th/13th August to highlight green projects and initiatives taking place in churches across the Diocese.  She’ll be cycling 50 miles south of Cambridge on Saturday 12th August and 50 miles north on Sunday 13th August., joined by others for some of the way too.
 
Stops along the way will be at St Andrew’s in Cherry Hinton who are collaborating with CoFarm (http://wecofarm.com/) to develop a city farm on church land; St George’s Church in Thriplow who are managing their churchyard to encourage biodiversity and wildlife; St Mary’s in Mepal, reviewing their energy suppliers with a view to buying 100% renewable electricity and Bar Hill Church who have recently been awarded a bronze Ecochurch award (https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/). Orwell Church are monitoring their energy usage, and members of All Saints’ Croydon play an active role in Croydon’s Sustainability Group.
Clare is keen for folk from other churches to get in touch to tell her of any green projects, plans or ideas being pursued. (clare.redfern@elydiocese.org)  “I really want to encourage those who are wanting to make a positive contribution, be it in their church or their homes. As Christians, part of our worship is to respect and cherish the Earth, which God created. God loves it, and so must we. As individuals it can seem our efforts are insignificant, but in community, expressing our faith in practical ways, we can make a huge difference.  I’m looking forward to celebrating all our efforts and finding our more, whilst cycling through the fens and fields of the diocese.”
 
Through the cycle ride, Clare is also raising money for her home church of Great St Mary's, the University Church in Cambridge, to support their own eco- project. The church’s south aisle roof is leaking and urgently needs repairing. Money raised will go towards the roof repairs and (pending planning permission) the installation of Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. So whilst making the ancient roof at Great St Mary’s wind and waterproof again, the care of the church building will also reflect a wise use of the Earth's resources.
 
To add your name to the Ely Diocese Environment Group list or tell Clare about your church’s plans and hopes, please email clare.redfern@elydiocese.org
Donations towards the roof project at Great St Mary’s can be made online at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/greatstmarys

From Linda Church: free Church Admin training on 19 August

I am writing on the off-chance that you have a free day on 19th August as we still have a few places left on our ‘Effective Church Administration’ course.

We have run this course a few times now and every time we receive rave reviews about its value and the amount that can be learnt from its tutor, Andy Bagwell.

In the past the course has been attended by Incumbents, Parish Administrators, Church Secretaries and everyone has gained something from the day. The training applies to small as well as larger churches.

We are very lucky to have Andy Bagwell as the tutor, Andy is currently Director of Operations at St Saviour’s Church, Guildford, but has previously worked in Church Management and Administration for over 12 years, so is a very experience church administrator.

Topics will include:

The Church Administration Year : A 12-month look at the administration life of a church

Using data effectively: How to get it, how to store it, how to use it

Communication

Top tips

At the end of the day, every candidate is given a resource pack which is a useful aide memoire and he also suggests websites which can be useful sources of information.

The day will begin at 9.00am and finish by 4.00pm in the lounge of Bishop Woodford Retreat House (Plenty of parking available), lunch is provided. There is no charge for this day.

If you are free and would like to attend, please email Jennie on: Ministry.bookings@elydiocese.org to book your place. Let Jennie know if you have any dietary requirements as these can be catered for.

With best wishes

Canon Linda Church

Director of Ministry

Ministry@elydiocese.org

Worship4 Today: September Course details–book now

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If you wish to apply to train on this course, either to be an ALM or for personal interest, please contact Mrs Jennie Woolston, Ministry Department Administrator ministry@elydiocese.org or 01353 652713. If you would like to discuss the course in more detail, please contact Canon Jan Payne (preferably by email) janmpayne@gmail.com or ring on 07780 674563.

Those training to lead worship  obviously need the support of their church and to be taking their own discipleship seriously. So before you join the course, you will need to have the support of your Incumbent and, if you intend to train as an ALM, your PCC too. All potential ALMs must also provide references prior to training and will need to attend a Discipleship training group, ideally before taking the Worship4Today course.

New Christian Aid Co-ordinator in Cambridgeshire

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My name is Pam Richardson and I am the new Legacies Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid in Cambridgeshire. I have taught in secondary schools for the last twenty-five years, but now I am looking forward to working with groups and churches throughout Cambridgeshire and beyond to further the work of Christian Aid.

Christian Aid’s belief is that every single human being is created in the image of God and so deserves infinite respect and care, and a life of dignity and worth. We also believe that the continued existence of poverty and inequality in such a plentiful world is a scandal that must be ended.

We work for and with people of all faiths and none to ensure that people who are living in poverty and marginalised people have the security, livelihoods, food, power and rights they need to live life to the full. We bring urgent support to those in crisis and we also invest in long term programmes of change, helping communities to become more resilient, to have better access to services like healthcare, and to flourish economically. We also campaign for justice relentlessly to ensure a more equal sharing of power in the world.

My job is two-fold: one, to encourage and support those who already support Christian Aid in Cambridgeshire and to encourage others to do so and, two, to encourage supporters to consider continuing their giving beyond their life by leaving a legacy, enabling the work they believed in to continue as the culmination of a lifetime of generous planned giving.

Please contact me to talk about the work of Christian Aid in ending poverty.