09 January 2018
As last year, as a diocese we are again suggesting that people might consider using the materials prepared by USPG for further reading and study during Lent. The course for 2018, All Things Are Possible, looks at five themes of Prosperity, People, Planet, Peace and Partnership. The content also includes case studies and bible studies, plus prayerful contemplative exercises.
Further details, including download links, ordering information for printed copies and associated resources, may be found on the USPG website.
USPG is to host a one-day conference, Rethinking Mission: Living in a Religiously Diverse World, on Saturday, 17th March 2018 (9.30am–3pm) in Birmingham Cathedral. Speakers from around the world will inspire, challenge and enthuse attendees as together we reflect on how we live and engage in mission in religiously diverse situations.
The speakers will be:
The Very Revd Canon Hosam Naoum – Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem
Deaconess Yit Ching Li – Deaconess in the Diocese of West Malaysia, Province of South East Asia
The Revd Christine Benoit – the first woman ordained in the Diocese of Seychelles, Anglican Province of the Indian Ocean
Richard Reddie – theologian, researcher and author, UK.
The cost for ordinands, lay ministers in training and clergy in their first three years of ministry will be half-price, at £5. Other people, both clergy and lay, with an interest or desire to widen their knowledge of global theology, will be very welcome. The full cost is £10, and registration is via the Rethinking Mission Conference website.
In addition, the Church of England is also offering resources for parishes. #LiveLent – Let Your Light Shine is described as a Lent journey through the Gospel of John, offering a short daily reading, a pause for reflection and prayer and a challenge to act. It is said that the aim here is to be as joined up as possible and encourage people to journey from Lent and Easter into Pentecost and Thy Kingdom Come 2018, and further information may be found here.