Cantus Infirmus in action

David Thomson:

The offiicial Ordered Universe blog report on our visit to Lincoln Cathedral with a specially composed collect for Robert Grosseteste on his feast day and a performance of music contemporary to him.

Originally posted on The Ordered Universe Project:

IMG_4068One of the more unexpected highlights of the workshop at Lincoln was the first public performance of some Perotin by the enthusiastic amongst the research group. After Richard’s lecture we made our way to the Grosseteste chapel, and with a short collect from David Thomson (Grosseteste expert and, by day, Bishop of Huntingdon), we made our musical offering. We have a digital record of the event to share, for those who would like. John Coleman kindly (!) made a recording of the whole thing. 

We also have a short clip from youtube, made by David Thomson. 

It was, in fact, a very moving experience. Especially in light of the treatises we had been studying, on the healing power of music, and its essential role in the architecture of the medieval universe. Most of our harmonies were intact.

Almighty God, whose servant Robert was given such great gifts by you that…

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The God of Small Things

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Click here for the latest post on Ruth Bancewicz’s Science and Belief blog, reporting a talk by Russell Cowburn, Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University, when he spoke on The God of Small Things: Nanotechnology, Creation and God at the Faraday Institute earlier this month.

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Credit and Saving News

Archbishop’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings

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MAY 2015

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


In this latest update we introduce a new workshop resource for church staff and volunteers to raise awareness of free debt advice and to signpost people to local and national servicesAs well as new stories and content from TOYOURCREDIT.



New resource!
Many people struggling with problem debt do not know about the free advice and support available to them: from face-to-face advice through to online self-help. By signposting to advice services, church staff and volunteers can be a vital link between someone in debt and the help they need.
‘Guiding people to free debt advice: a debt awareness and signposting workshop’ is a 2 hour video-based workshop developed in partnership with the Money Advice Trust. This resource is designed for staff and volunteers from churches and church-linked groups, including clergy, pastoral assistants, children and family workers, food bank volunteers, and others involved in community projects.

The workshop looks at:
● The causes of debt problems
● Identifying when someone needs debt advice
● Responding appropriately when someone tells you they’re in debt
● The types of advice available and how these can be accessed
● How to help someone prepare for debt advice


For more information and to order/download ‘Guiding people to free debt advice: a debt awareness and signposting workshop’:

‘Debt is a national disease: the Church can stand up and be counted’ read Bruce Connell’s blog on the impact of debt advice.



Church Credit Champions Network First Anniversary

The Church Credit Champions Network has just celebrated its first birthday, making it a good time to assess the progress it has made so far in London and Merseyside. 

In terms of headline figures, the Network is well on track to meet its main targets after a year. Over 200 churches have been engaged, with 119 clergy and lay leaders trained as ‘Credit Champions’ and over 600 people joining their local credit union as a result of the Network’s activity. It’s likely that all of these numbers will continue to rise as the Network progresses, particularly in Merseyside where the local Co-ordinator has only been in place for a few months.

Read more about the stories behind the statistics


The Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Revd Paul Bayes joined his local credit union at the launch of the Church Credit Champions Network in Liverpool and Merseyside:
Bishop Paul spoke at the event: “We need churches to champion a fresh moral vision in the practice of credit. Liverpool is leading the way in being an alternative, supporting credit unions and most importantly helping those in need.”


There’s more new content on the TOYOURCREDIT website including:
A blog post from Christian’s Against Poverty about their unique debt advice service partnering with local churches and making a difference in people’s lives:
“Debt problems seem huge but experience tells us they can be overcome through Christians Against Poverty’s financial expertise partnered with the care of the local church.” 

The story of how the oldest church in the City of London is promoting the work and benefits of credit unions in the nation’s financial centre.

New website for the Healing Ministry

Healing Ministry

Go to for a new site that offers information, links and encouragement to anyone interested in or in need of this ministry,as expressed in the Church of England. It’s the work of the Archbishops’ Adviser for the Healing Ministry, the Revd Dr Beatrice Brandon so it comes with full church backing.


“Within these pages you will see that the Church’s healing ministry is for everyone. We all need healing in some way. Through the healing ministry, Jesus Christ meets us at our point of need. Every form of suffering can be helped in some way through this ministry.”

Summer Reading Party with Henri Nouwen

Here’s a good idea! The Henri Nouwen Society invite you to be part of an online community this summer reading Finding My Way Home in the company of a facilitator, Ray Glennon, and other participants in a group blog.

How does it work? On Sunday June 28, the facilitator, Ray Glennon will introduce himself on the blog and invite you to do the same. Ray will post reflection questions on the blog each Sunday through to August 2nd in keeping with a reading schedule also posted on the blog. There is no need to register or sign-in. For more information and to participate, go to: Read, reflect, share your thoughts – participate at your own pace and in whatever way is most meaningful for you.

Finding My Way Home is a collection of four short essays, three previously published by Crossroad Publishing and here revised, that looks at different aspects of our spiritual life: The Path of Power, The Path of Peace, The Path of Waiting, and The Path of Living and Dying.

P.S. There’s a methodology here that you could borrow for a virtual reading party in your own neck of the woods.

Margery Kempe Discovery

Sebastian Sobecki:has discovered a letter in the Gdańsk archives prepared for Margery Kempe’s son. The letter (Gdańsk, Archiwum Państwowe, APG 300, 27/3, fol. 12r.) reveals the son’s first name and gives the reason for his 1431 visit to Lynn. More importantly, the discovery confirms the historicity of The Book of Margery Kempe and strengthens the argument for Kempe’s (female) authorship as opposed to that of the priest who took her dictation. Sebastian first announced his discovery at NCS in Reykjavik and will give a paper on this topic at EBS this summer. The full version will be published as ‘“The writyng of this tretys:” Margery Kempe’s Son and the Authorship of Her Book’ in this year’s Studies in the Age of Chaucer.