Listening to Young Adults

This  video reflection comes from Churches Together in England and was prepared for their Forum 2015. It was shown at the beginning of the session ‘Listening to Young Adults’ about the ecumenical journey and their experience of a week together at a summer camp with the Chemin Neuf community, called ‘Welcome to Paradise’, in France.

Churches Together in England paid for the team to attend the summer festival in August and Forum 2015 in September. The team of 12 were asked to reflect on their experience from different traditions, Pentecostal, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Church of England, Independent church etc.

Thanks go to Rev Tim Watson for the preparation/hosting the team for the week with the Chemin Neuf community, and to Jenny Bond/Lorraine Shannon for coordinating re CTE.

For the full CTE October Newsletter click here

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Our Health: Who Cares?

Monday 19th October 2015 at 18:00
When it comes to our health, we are a nation that buries its head in the sand. We’re all living longer, and with chronic and lifestyle diseases on the rise, how do we motivate people to care more about their own health and make better choices?

Commerce With a Conscience

Tuesday 20th October 2015 at 18:00
James Timpson OBE is taking his family business to new heights with an innovative recruitment and staff development approach which achieves commercial and social goals.

My Son the Jihadi

Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 18:30
In this preview screening from Channel 4 and True Vision, director Peter Beard reveals how one young ordinary man became radicalised in Britain and his family’s efforts to understand his ideological conversion.

The Future of Capitalism

Thursday 22nd October 2015 at 13:00
Channel 4’s economics editor Paul Mason shows how, from the ashes of the recent financial crisis, we have the chance to create a more socially just and sustainable global economy.

The Idea in You

Thursday 29th October 2015 at 13:00
Innovation experts Martin Amor and Alex Pellew offer practical tips for unleashing the power to create and turning ideas – whether for a business, a campaign or social venture – into reality.

How Design is Shaping Thinking at the Heart of Government

Thursday 29th October 2015 at 18:00
Andrea Siodmok, head of the Cabinet Office Policy Lab explores the how design is helping government think differently about future policy.

The Silo Effect

Thursday 5th November 2015 at 13:00
Why are we so prone to creating silos in our institutions and workplaces – and how can we break free of them to transform the way we think and act for the better? Award-wining FT columnist and author Gillian Tett investigates.


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John Stott London Lecture 2015

Intertwined Roots: Nourishing Radical Discipleship in Today’s Global Church and World

Ruth Padilla DeBorst
Thursday 12 November, 6:30pm

Giant Redwood trees can grow for a thousand years to enormous heights. The roots of individual trees, however, are surprisingly small. These impressive trees can stand and grow thanks to the fact that their roots are intertwined in an intimate network that sustains and nourishes them all. In a world bent on limitless and unsustainable growth, in which leaders and churches are enticed to pursue status, wealth and image, the challenge facing followers of Jesus from North and South, East and West is to nourish the intimate, intertwined roots of radical discipleship as citizens of God’s kingdom and promoters of God’s justice.

Ruth Padilla DeBorst has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for many years. She serves on the board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship and on the Networking Team of the International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT), which is connected with the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS). She served with Chris Wright on the Lausanne Theology Working Group in preparation for the Third Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, 2010. With her husband, James, she leads the Center for Interdisciplinary Theological Education (based in Costa Rica). A Langham Scholar, she is completing her doctoral studies in Missiology at Boston University. She is a well-known speaker on issues of mission and on the relationship between western and majority world churches. The DeBorsts live in Costa Rica as members of the Casa Adobe Community.

The John Stott London Lecture is organised by representatives of All Souls Langham Place, A Rocha, Langham Partnership International, and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Date and time: Thursday 12 November 2015, 6.30pm

Venue: All Souls Church, Langham Place, London

Cost: £5 (including light refreshments)

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News from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings

This update celebrates the launch LifeSavers savings clubs in 6 primary schools, one of the two major initiatives to come from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings. The other, the Church Credit Champions Network, also celebrated this month with a service of evensong led by Archbishop Justin Welby who marked the occasion by commissioning a group of  credit champions.  Read on for more on both of these events and for information about a major conference on financial exclusion from Church Urban Fund.

On Tuesday 29th September, the Archbishop of Canterbury led a service of commissioning for volunteers from churches across London, Southwark and Liverpool Dioceses who are taking part in the pilot phase of the Church Credit Champions Network.
During the service at St George-in-the-East, Archbishop Justin Welby spoke of the ways in which churches have responded to financial need in their communities:
“It really is moving to see the ways the church has responded to the issues of the mastery of finance over so many human lives and its tyranny over so many human lives. It’s an extraordinary moment that the church rose to the challenge …. You have set up credit union access points in your churches, brought new people onto the boards of local credit unions, supported people struggling with debt through signposting them to debt advice resources. You have seen the need, and you have met it with love, grace and hope.”
Read the full sermon here

Church Urban Fund National Conference 2015
Thursday 5th November, Manchester

Financial exclusion is one of the most pressing public policy issues of our time. In the UK today there are 1.9 million households without a basic bank account and over seven million people using high-cost credit.

This conference will bring together church leaders, church members, activists and community-based practitioners to:

  • Build understanding of financial exclusion – its causes, consequences and solutions
  • Reflect theologically on what a fairer and more inclusive financial system could look like
  • Showcase a variety of efforts to build financial inclusion and build the capacity of participants to join in those efforts in their local community

The conference will run between 10.00am – 4.00pm with lunch and refreshments provided.
Full programme and booking details

The LifeSavers savings clubs and financial education programme for primary schools is now piloting in 6 schools. St John’s School, Colwick launched their savings club during a whole school ‘money week’. Six children from St John the Baptist School in Nottingham have been picked to be ‘saving managers’. They’ll run the savings club – alongside three adult volunteers,  including the local vicar,  and act as ambassadors for the programme throughout the school.
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Responsibility without Authority

The Westcott Foundation is offering a study day ‘Responsibility without Authority’ on Saturday 5 March 2016, 10am-4pm, at Westcott House, Cambridge. This will be led by Michael Fass, who is himself an SSM. The cost is £35 (including lunch and refreshments), which can be claimed by prior application to the Director of Ministry.
SSMs, NSMs, voluntary and retired clergy often find themselves in positions of significant responsibility but without the authority of Office at a time when the number of full-time clergy is falling. These ministries can also involve the formation of Parish Teams and Groups with their attendant pressures on relationships. In addition, clergy may take on other pastoral work that involves, for example, ministries at work and in chaplaincies. We will explore the variety of roles that emerge and reflect on their theological implications.

 Although this session is primarily aimed at Self Supporting Ministers, Michael Fass is a very good speaker and this study day may be useful to Stipendiary Clergy who have an SSM Minister working with them.