College of the Resurrection
Welcome back to all the returning students, and welcome to those beginning their formation at the College.
Two previous CoR students are being ordained deacon at Michaelmas, please pray for:
Lee Taylor (Diocese of Chelmsford)
Alex Hobbs (Diocese of Exeter)
CIR Gathering – Casteller Ring
It sounds incredibly romantic: a medieval castle on top of a hill in Bavaria, and indeed it was beautiful. Here Nicolas and Jacob CR met with nearly sixty monks and nuns, brothers and sisters from all over Europe, to celebrate the religious life that we all share across our denominations. This International, Interconfessional Congress of Religious (CIR) brings together religious from Anglican, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches to pray for unity. The Congress met in a Benedictine convent of Lutheran sisters which grew up after the Second World War.
Our four days were spent praying with the sisters of the Casteller Ring Community, enjoying each other’s company at meals and talking about the contribution the religious communities can make to the renewal of the churches in Europe. Conversation flows, or sometimes stumbles, in French, German and English. We also spent a day visiting nearby Würzburg, a beautiful city despite the destruction of most of its medieval buildings – some of the older sisters were there as youngsters when 90% of the town was bombed flat by Allied forces in 1945.
Br Jacob gave a talk to the Congress on the importance of tradition in renewing our roots so that our churches will be confident and well resourced in this chaotic modern age. This was very well received and Jacob is now a member of the committee that will organise future congresses. Apart from the Unity we seek for our churches the Congress also helps to establish links of friendship and respect across the countries of Europe whose unity is threatened by the British decision to withdraw from the EU.
Book Launch of: ‘Oneness – The Dynamics of Monasticism’
(edited by Stephen Platten and published 2017 SCM Press)
‘The Monastic Tradition and the Contemporary Church’
Wednesday 11th October 2017
4.00pm – 6.00pm
Short lectures will be delivered by Fr George Guiver CR and Rt Revd Dr Stephen Platten.
“Oneness” considers the role small-group monastic life plays within the life of the contemporary church. Using a focus on the life, practice and history of the Shepherds Law community as a starting point, the book broadens the discussion to consider how such communities negotiate the boundary between the solitary life and life within their community.
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St Hild College receives A Rocha Bronze Eco-Church Award
St Hild college has announced this week that it is the first theological college to be presented with an Eco Church Award at bronze level. The award, presented at St Hild’s recent commendation weekend, is part of charity A Rocha’s Eco Church initiative. It highlights a commitment to consider the environment relating to five main categories: Worship and Teaching, Buildings, Land, Community and Global Engagement, and Lifestyle.
Mark Powley, Principal, says, “I’m delighted that St Hild College has been able to pioneer this important award in the theological education sector. To be the first college to receive the award is a real privilege and something we genuinely hope others will follow. In time, I hope other institutions will eclipse our efforts, and we would be keen to work with them to share what we have done so far. What excites me most, though, is the fact that those who train with us will go on to influence communities, churches and workplaces to take the gift of God’s creation more seriously as a witness to the kingdom. As our partners in Tanzania have shown us, care for the world is an integral aspect of mission. To receive the good news that Christ is Lord is intimately connected with a lifestyle that seeks to steward the created world God made through him. We hope that in our efforts to live more sustainably and thankfully we can help our churches point more people to this life-changing gospel.”
Nigel Hopper, Eco Church Manager at A Rocha UK, says, “Environmental issues increasingly require a heightened level of awareness from all of us; and at A Rocha UK we passionately believe that caring for God’s earth is a particularly important part of the Christian life. The Eco Church scheme is a way of equipping and encouraging churches to intentionally look after creation as an integral part of loving their neighbor and following God faithfully. St Hild’s move to becoming an Eco College is a significant one that we hope will cultivate a culture of stewardship that students can take with them to the communities they go on to lead. We send our congratulations to all involved in achieving the Bronze award, and look forward to seeing how they continue to develop the important patterns of stewardship that are already being implemented.”
Communications Officer, St Hild College
Church Furnishings: Do we need them?
Tuesday 17 October 2017 at 7.30pm
‘Discovering quality and meaning in sacred places and how we are affected by furnishings’
Guest Lecturer: Jane Kennedy
Jane is architect to Christ Church Oxford, Ely and Newcastle Cathedrals and has extensive experience of restoration and conservation as well as delivering new works and commissions in the context of historic and contemporary church buildings.
Those planning to attend the lecture would be very welcome to join the Community for evensong at 6.00pm. A simple supper for which a modest charge will be made, is also available by pre booking.
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Those who attended July’s celebration weekend at Mirfield – and, indeed, those who have read the new Church of the Resurrection book – will be aware that the one major commission outstanding for the Community Church is a new High Altar. The process of identifying the stone and the craftsman to work it has been protracted, as we wanted to ensure the design and materials are ‘right’, and there were a number of hiccups along the way.
We have agreed that the altar should be made of Mandale fossil limestone, quarried in the Peak District, and James Elliott – whose recent commissions include the tomb of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral – has been appointed to undertake the work.
The stone is medium grey, perhaps leaning towards light brown, in colour, and the ivory coloured fossils it contains were laid down in the sedimentary bedrock during the carboniferous period – around 365 million years ago. The fossils are mainly crinoids, brachiopods, corals and even occasionally shark’s teeth! In tune with the whole artistic scheme of the church, and the Stations of Salvation, we wanted an altar that would speak to people of the immensity of the ages, and that ‘a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday’.
There is, inevitably, a cost to finishing and installing the Altar in time for the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the completion of the Community Church in July 2018. We have already received generous support, meaning that we need to find another £10,000 to pay for works in full. If you would be interested in supporting this work, and making a lasting contribution to a focal point of the worship of the Community and our guests, please do be in touch.