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

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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Thy Kingdom Come 2018: from the Archbishops

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

‘Receive the Holy Spirit, as the Father sent me so I send you…’ Thy Kingdom Come: 10th -20th May 2018

Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world. He brings us hope. Christian disciples are made alive by his saving grace in the power of the Holy Spirit to witness to this living hope. The difference that the love of Jesus brings to individuals and the world is eternally transformative. When Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, he puts the cry, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ on their lips. When we pray for the coming of the Kingdom we are praying for the difference Jesus makes. In the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost we pray each year for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout the Church. We do this, so that, filled with the life-giving Spirit, we are enabled to proclaim and bear witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ. So that families, friends, neighbours and colleagues discover and experience for themselves the difference Jesus makes.

In July the General Synod of the Church of England clearly expressed the view that we should continue to set these ten days aside to pray, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. It has been a great joy to see the Church engage in prayer for the coming of God’s Kingdom, and for our proclamation, witness and service in the wider world. In the last two years we have been profoundly moved hearing of the participation of local churches and cathedrals, chaplaincies and colleges, schools and prisons across the traditions, in every denomination, in this great wave of prayer.

The reason we write is twofold:

1. To encourage you to do all you can to enable your community to participate in Thy Kingdom Come 2018. We will be providing help and resources to facilitate a vast variety of events and ways of being involved, across the traditions and practices of the church. These will be available on www.ThyKingdomCome.global

2. To invite you, in response to all that was prayed this year, to consider what you might be called to do. We ask ourselves in faith – how can we allow God to use us in answer to our prayers? Our great hope would be that every church, every chaplaincy team, every fresh expression, every cathedral involves themselves in activity which has as its hope, prayer and expectation that people encounter Jesus Christ and know the difference he brings. We hope that this booklet, based on a model by Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, will help this process. May we encourage you to share it with your colleagues, PCCs, teams and chapters in order to discern what you might do.

https://bpdt.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/tkc_diy_evangelism_booklet.pdf

Providentially in 2018, Christian Aid Week falls within the ten days of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. This is a gift to us, as it makes the vital connection between the coming of the Kingdom of God and the prayer ‘Come, Holy Spirit’. Jesus, the Christ, anointed to bring good news to the poor, liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, announces the year of God’s favour. By his incarnation, teaching, works of power, commitment to the poor, passion, death, resurrection and ascension he embodies and inaugurates the coming of the rule of God on earth. We are sent in his name, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to proclaim the King and do the work of the Kingdom.

Therefore let us pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’, trusting that God is more willing to give than we are to receive and that the supreme gift, by which we are renewed daily, is abundantly poured out on us, that we may proclaim faithfully and effectively the living hope Jesus Christ is for all.

Yours in Christ,

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Professional Workshop: Science and Faith in the Local Church

Garden Room, Library Building, St Edmund’s College Cambridge: Jan 10-11, 2018

Deadline for applications: December 10, 2017

Aim of Course

A professional workshop aimed at church leaders, lay or ordained, and those in training. The workshop will include lectures by leading experts on key issues at the intersection of science and Christian faith such as cosmology, evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology and neuroscience. There will be plenty of opportunity for group discussion and practical application to local church contexts.

The workshop will run from 9.30am on Wednesday 10 Jan 2018 to 5pm on Thursday 11 Jan 2018 and there will be no evening sessions. The cost of this two day workshop is only £50 which includes tea & coffee breaks, a sandwich lunch on both days and all workshop materials. Places are limited to 50.

NB: delegates will be responsible for their own overnight accommodation and evening meals. There are many places to eat within walking distance and a list of accommodation will be provided on request.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

Click on a speaker’s name to obtain brief biographical details.

Venue

The Garden Room is on the ground floor of the Library Building which is located in the far left-hand corner as you enter the College grounds. The free buffet lunch is served there.

Application Form