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Poster Talk 1 - January 2018


New Mothers’ Union group in South America is putting love in action

Lots of encouragement here! Fresh Expressions of the Mothers’ Union are taking root here too. More!


A new local expression of the Mothers’ Union has been formed in Latin America, under the name Amare – Agrupación de Mujeres Anglicanas Renovadas en el Espíritu (Anglican Women Renewed in the Spirit). The word Amare means “I will love” and the group is described as more of a movement than an organisation. Unlike its counterparts in Africa, the Mothers’ Union in southern America is not yet very large or significant; but the embryonic group has just held its first training event and looks set to increase its growth.

Amare began in the Diocese of Northern Argentina, and last month the group brought together women from there, and from the dioceses of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru to reflect on Amare’s development in the region. More than 60 women – including some from the indigenous Wichi and Toba peoples – gathered at the Anglican retreat centre in La Caldera village, near Salta. Together, the group assessed the challenges faced in developing this new approach to family and women’s work in the different dioceses.

The creation of Amare in Northern Argentina as a Latin American expression of the Mothers’ Union follows the creation of Ama – Asociacion de Mujeres Anglicanas (Association of Anglican Women) – in Peru.

“From the start, Amare has been envisioned more as a lifestyle, or commitment, than as an organisation or activity,” the Bishop of Northern Argentina, Nick Drayson, said.


“The emphasis, and indeed the values, espoused by membership are to do with ‘Love in Action’,” he said. “This is worked out in the family, the church and the community through lifestyle choices, much in the way that a religious order works. The process of becoming a member includes an act of forgiveness, which intentionally sets the standard for future action.”

Amare was officially affiliated to the Mothers’ Union in 2014 and has since grown to around 1,500 members in two years. It is empowering women to find their role and their voice in the church, and more importantly in the family and the community. Bishop Nick said that last month’s workshop “is encouraging women in neighbouring dioceses to form a similar network of groups, both for empowering women, and enabling better parenting.


“Whilst there are plenty of women’s activities in many churches, the experience of Amare, and the vision it has given to Latin American women, is also helping grow disciples in the family, and providing the opportunity for discerning cooperation in the future.”

Photo Credit: All photos by Bishop Nick Drayson

‘Waterbeach Thread[ed]’: A cross-community look at our textiles and our times

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Saturday, 27th January 2018

Waterbeach Thread[ed] is a one-day pop-up event where our whole community will share fun, enthusiasm and concerns about Textiles in our lives here and further afield.

The Parish Church of St John the Evangelist proactively supports an innovative venture which celebrates community in all its aspects. The event also fundraises for Macmillan Cancer Care. One of the organisers has a family member wants to ‘pay forward’ the help received from Macmillan in 2012.

To reflect the personal and domestic nature of Waterbeach’s textile activity, most of the groups or individuals will use ironing-boards to display of what they have made or treasure. This simple approach will enable visitors to enjoy the peace and Grade II * Listed ambiance of the Norman nave of the church.

Although small-scale, the event has a big, diversity-inclined heart and will embrace contributions from individuals, groups, amateurs and professionals. The ‘ed’ in the title indicates that by staying ‘edited’ the event can include contributions from across Waterbeach and nearby Fenland.

A ‘Living With Integrity’ group of community and church members concerned with Sustainability and Social Justice. www.stjohns-waterbeach.org.uk . will be partnering with all kinds of local, planet-friendly organisations for interactive displays. Valuable support is offered by Ede & Ravenscroft, makers of Academic and Ceremonial Robes, as well as other professionals. There may also be a few pop-up entertainments!

Teas and Coffees will be available on the day, and there should be ample parking behind the church, down the gravel drive. CB25 9HT, Station Road.

angelastoryteller@gmail.com or 01223 860214.

Roseyard Cottage, Primrose Lane, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9JZ

Vacancy for a County Ecumenical Officer for Cambridgeshire

After long and exceptional service, Priscilla Barlow will be retiring at the end of March as County Ecumenical Officer. We are very grateful to her indeed.

The Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council would like to appoint someone to succeed her in this role, which is a paid one of 15 hrs a week (remuneration by negotiation but around the level of a ministerial stipend pro rota, excluding housing or allowance).

A document is attached giving further details of the post and the sort of person we are seeking to appoint, and giving the timescale which we are aiming at: applications are invited by 11th February and it is hoped to hold interviews on 27th February with a start to the new appointment on 1st April.

Applications should initially be made by letter to the Chair of the Council, the Rt Revd Dr David Thomson (Bishop of Huntingdon) bishop.huntingdon@elydiocese.org, who is also happy to be contacted to discuss the post further.


Counting the Clouds

Faith in the Questions comes to Ely Cathedral on Monday 5th February 2018 at 7:30pm, with this new one-act play by Nigel Forde, followed by conversation with leading scientists (and me in the chair for Q&As). Free Admission

A respected scientist and a Christian, Job’s work is wrestling with the unpredictable as well as predictable structure of the universe. Is God really in control?

When his personal world is shaken to the core, how can Job re-assemble the pieces of the puzzle – professionally and spiritually?

Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful and sharply adversarial. Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask?

One of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Come and raise your questions…

Riding Lights Theatre Company is one of the UK’s most productive and longestablished independent theatre companies. Founded in York 40 years ago, partly through the initiative of a city-centre church, the company continues to take innovative, accessible theatre into all kinds of communities far and wide. Their aim is to create unforgettable, entertaining theatre which challenges us all to examine the world we inhabit and the ways we live amongst each other. While the company’s roots are in a christian ethos, their work is open to everyone, using faith as a springboard to explore all aspects of life.

Empyrean – Ordering Dante’s Universe

Empyrean – Ordering Dante’s Universe

Hope I can get up to Durham before March to see this!

Ordered Universe

Hell, Heaven and Hope: A Journey through life and the afterlife with Dante is now open to the public in the Palace Green Galleries at Durham. The exhibition features a fabulous range of copies of Dante’s works, as well as contemporary artwork. Alexandra Carr’s Empyrean features as part of the section of Paradise. Completed as part of Alexandra’s Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence programme, the sculpture represents the spheres of the medieval universe, drawing on Grosseteste and Dante: sculpting with light on the grandest scale in the creation of the universe. 

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The Diocese of Ely & Ely Cathedral jointly launch new global digital media campaign

Coco the Guide Dog (Credit: George Reynolds � Ely Cathedral)  (Click to enlarge)

Coco the Guide Dog (Credit: George Reynolds Ely Cathedral)

The Diocese of Ely and Ely Cathedral are launching a global social media campaign to mark the start of one of Christianity’s most important seasons.

Entitled #aChristmasMiracle, the campaign launches on Advent Sunday (Sunday 3 December) and follows in the footsteps of last Easter’s #LiveHolyWeek campaign, which reached over 1 million people in just one week. 

The Cathedral and Diocese will be releasing specially produced videos of their Choirs performing Christmas carols along with three films featuring the Cambridge based group, The Gesualdo Six. These music videos will be interspersed with fascinating interviews with key people associated with the Cathedral and Diocese, including Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely. 

The campaign has at its heart a central film which tells the story of the original Christmas miracle, the Nativity of Christ. This film features clergy and laity from across the Diocese and beyond, including former Archbishop of Canterbury and Master of Magdalene College, The Rt Revd Dr Rowan Williams, BBC personality and Member of the Church of England’s General Synod, The Revd Sally Hitchiner and last but not least, a beautiful Guide Dog called Coco. 

All the clips and articles are free to view and our hope is that they have a global appeal and reach. They will be shared widely on both Cathedral and Diocesan social media channels as well as via the Church of England, Classic FM and the BBC. The videos can also be accessed directly via the Cathedral’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/elycathedralcambridge

This campaign is part of a co-ordinated strategy, running alongside the Church of England’s campaign #GodWithUs. It not only seeks to tell people about the good news and hope that Christmas brings, but also to invite people to be part of the Christmas story themselves by visiting a church or attending a service in a church near them over the festive period. Details of services taking place across the Diocese of Ely can be found at www.achurchnearyou.com

This campaign launches at a time when the Church of England has reported that Christmas attendance at services in cathedrals last year reached its highest figure since records began – a rise of 5% over one year. It is hoped that this campaign will serve to support churches throughout the Diocese of Ely and encourage people to visit their local church and cathedral during Advent and Christmas.

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