Major clergy wellbeing study results shared

21/10/2020

Key insights from an ongoing Church of England research programme into clergy flourishing are to be distributed to curates across the country as part of an initiative to promote clergy wellbeing, it was announced today.

Findings from the first phase of the Living Ministry project – a 10-year study into clergy flourishing and wellbeing – have been incorporated into a new booklet, How Clergy Thrive, published by Church House Publishing.

The booklet, sponsored by Clergy Support Trust, is a practical resource for all clergy. It summaries qualitative and quantitative findings from the research in areas including the spiritual, relational, physical and mental as well as material wellbeing of clergy and ordinands.

The study identifies six principles that contribute to the wellbeing of ordained ministers, including handling expectations, recognising times of vulnerability, healthy boundaries and the importance of affirmation.

The booklet is intended to help resource personal reflection as well as conversations within dioceses about the Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing which was launched earlier this year after being given overwhelming backing by the General Synod of the Church of England.

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Parliament debates progress on Bishop of Truro’s report

October 21, 2020

Westminster Hall debate: Persecution of Christians and Freedom of Religion or Belief, 21 October 2020

Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham) (Con) introduced the debate, which is transcribed in full here

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A Time to Pause and Reflect: Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

After a difficult six months, and an uncertain and likely bumpy winter ahead, now feels like the right time for us all to pause and reflect on the impact Covid has had on us, our families, friends and community.

As we can’t gather in person we planned this virtual event on 22nd October where we could come together. On each of our hospital sites we have unveiled sculptures, benches and are planting trees to mark areas we can all use for quiet reflection now and in the coming months and years.

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Forgotten Sacrifice Webinar – How can we remember the Black and Asian soldiers of the Second World War? : 29 Oct, ONLINE

Britain’s shared history, and how it is remembered, has often been at the centre of recent ‘culture war’ public debates about identity and race this year. Yet discussing and engaging with our history can unite, as well as divide us.

The armies that fought and won the Second World War resembled the Britain of today much more than that of 1945 in their ethnicity and faith, thanks to the enormous contribution of Black and Asian soldiers. Yet only in recent years has the service and sacrifice of soldiers from India, Africa and across the Commonwealth begun to get the recognition that it merits.

This webinar brings together expert voices on history, education and race to discuss how we in Britain can remember this shared history and mark this forgotten sacrifice.

Join us as we mark the beginning of the Remember Together campaign and the end of Black History Month and ask our panel:

  • What more can be done to better commemorate, teach and document this history we all share, including the huge contribution made by Commonwealth soldiers in the Second World War?
  • How can we engage with the complexity and controversies of the history of the British Empire and its legacies in an open and constructive way?

Panellists include:

  • Patrick Vernon OBE,  Activist, author and founder of 100 Great Black Britons Campaign
  • Katharine Birbalsingh CBE, Education reformer and co-founder of Michaela Community School
  • Zehra Zaidi, Founder of ‘We Too Built Britain’ Campaign
  • Daniel Todman, Professor of Modern History and Head of History Dept at Queen Mary University
  • Sunder Katwala (Chair), Director of British Future

Date & Time: Thursday 29th October 12.15 – 1.30 PM

Access: Sign up to the webinar here . This event will also be live-streamed on our Youtube page, where you will be able to access the recording after.

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2020 Cornish Christmas Giving catalogue out now

Featuring 20 charitable organisations and all of Cornwall’s foodbanks, the catalogue provides an opportunity to give a gift of hope to someone in Cornwall this Christmas by giving a gift of love to friends and family.

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Wild Christian presents a COP26 & Climate Sunday Briefing : 13 Nov, ONLINE

Learn more about COP, the historical role of the churches campaigning around COPs, and about the Climate Sunday initiative with A Rocha UK

About this Event

On 13 November 2020, Wild Christian presents an opportunity to learn more about COP, the historical role of the churches campaigning around COPs, and about the Climate Sunday initiative enabling UK Christians and churches to take meaningful action around COP26 to defend climate and nature. 

This online event will be held over a lunch time slot, 12-12:45pm. Speakers will be COP-veteran and A Rocha UK CEO Andy Atkins, Hannah Brown from the Joint Public Issues Team (of Methodists, Baptists, URC and Church of Scotland), and James Anthony, Coordinator of the Climate Sunday Initiative. 

Please register for this free event to receive a reminder and details on how to join this webinar closer to the day.

FAQ’s:

What is Wild Christian? Wild Christian is A Rocha UK’s scheme for families and individuals. It is a growing community of families and individuals exploring the connections between our Christian faith, the natural environment, and how we live.

Can I submit a question to the speakers? There will be a short Q&A time after hearing from our 3 speakers. You can send your questions to wild.christian@arocha.org and we’ll endeavour to compile a list of questions to pass on to them beforehand.

Who is the event aimed at? This event is open to all, and particularly to followers of Christ wanting to safeguard creation in England or Wales.

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Online Conference: The Hope of Communion: 1920 to 2020 : 16-17 Dec, ONLINE

The Conference of European Churches, together with the Louvain Centre for Eastern and Oriental Christianity (LOCEOC), will host an online conference “The Hope of Communion: 1920 to 2020” from 16 to 17 December 2020.

The online event will gather distinguished speakers from across Europe and North America and bring into focus the two landmark ecumenical texts from 1920, namely The Patriarchal Encyclical Letter to the Churches of Christ Everywhere and The Appeal to all Christian People issued by the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops.

The conference will uncover the expectations for unity reflected in these texts, explore their relationship to the subsequent ecumenical developments, and address the question of what the hope of communion means for relations between the churches today.

The conference will be held Central European Time. Names of speakers, programme schedule and registration link to sign up will be shared soon.

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The St Vincent de Paul Society, Cornwall

The Devon and Cornwall St Vincent de Paul Society is part of an international Catholic society dedicated to the relief of the poor in whatever form that poverty takes.  The Society was founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of young laymen, led by Frederick Oznam (beatified in 1977) to address the needs of the poor. They took as their inspiration and Patron, the Apostle of Charity, St. Vincent who, two centuries earlier, had founded the Order of the Daughters of Charity. They set up orphanages and soup kitchens to alleviate the conditions prevalent in France at that time. The Society rapidly spread globally and today is active in 140 countries.

In Cornwall there are five SVP Conferences in Falmouth, Camborne, Truro, Bodmin and Launceston.  Some  members are over 70 but still active with charity works. The SVP is also a partner in Plymouth Diocese Caritas.

Membership is open to men and woman, young and old, of any denomination. The SVP asks only that members accept fully the Christian ethos of the Society, and are committed to express their love of God through personal service to their neighbour. The SVP respects religious liberty and values of all people.

Helping those most in need during the Covid-19 crisis

The SVP has always been there for people who are older, vulnerable or on the margins of society. When Covid-19 hit and the country went into lockdown, SVP volunteers and support centres sprang into action with deliveries of hot meals, emergency food parcels and essentials.

While we had to stop our befriending visits, our volunteers have offered one-to-one support over the phone to people who may be feeling more lonely or isolated than ever before.

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CHM Receive and Reflect 23 Oct-23 Dec, ONLINE

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Please note that places are limited and we will have a waiting list so please do let us know, as soon as you are aware, if you are unable to take part. You can email us on chm@healingmission.org

The format of the session will take place on ZOOM and you will be sent a link to join in when we confirm your booking.  This session is offered free of charge but if you are able to make a donation we would be very grateful.

It’s completely free and lasts for about 45 minutes!

We’ve seen God doing some lovely healing and had great feedback from those who have been missing the support they would normally receive at church:

Thank you so much for these zoom meditations and small groups. I meet Jesus every time, find his presence and get an encouraging picture and word.  

I found the sessions comforting and the breakout rooms are a good idea to get to speak with a smaller group of people so that everyone gets a chance to express themselves. 

Thank you . . . for providing ‘food for the soul’ during this strange time when we are transitioning to the ‘new normal’.

Thank you so much for yesterday. It was great to join in with something I hadn’t done before. . . . I really did feel blessed by the whole thing.

These are a ‘ray of light and hope’ as I contemplate the direction the Lord would like me to travel, especially in relation to work.

I look forward so much to these wonderful uplifting gatherings and thank Jesus for zoom. 

Our director, Revd John Ryeland, gives a short talk before leading the group in a guided prayer meditation focussing on the love of the Father, the presence of Jesus with us and the power of the Spirit.   Then those who attend are invited to join a small online group for 15 minutes, where a facilitator will encourage them to reflect on the prayer time and perhaps receive more prayer.

Our belief is that ‘Christian healing’ touches on body, mind and spirit and may involve acceptance of God’s love, repentance, the giving and receiving of forgiveness, freedom from oppression and many other things, in the recognition that Christ’s touch will be different for each person at the different times when they come to him.

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Primates’ FT letter on the UK Internal Market Bill

19/10/2020

The five primates of the UK and Ireland have written this joint letter in today’s Financial Times, setting out their serious concerns about the UK Internal Market Bill. 

As the Anglican Primates of the four nations of the United Kingdom and Ireland, we wish to highlight the grave responsibility of peers in the House of Lords today as they debate the UK Internal Market Bill. We are taking the rare step of writing together because the decisions implemented in this Bill will profoundly affect the future of our countries and the relationships between them.

The Bill represents a profound shift in how trading relationships within the UK will be regulated and governed. This will not be a return to a trade regime that existed before UK joined the EU; it will be an entirely novel system, replacing one that evolved slowly and by careful negotiation over decades.

The Scottish Parliament and Welsh Senedd have made clear that the Bill’s weakening of both the principles and the effect of devolved policymaking is of constitutional significance.  Moreover, if the Bill is made law without consent from devolved legislatures (as will happen if it is not amended to address their concerns), this will further undermine trust and goodwill among those who govern the different parts of the United Kingdom.

The Bill is, of course, not just concerned with domestic law. It currently asks the country’s highest law-making body to equip a government minister to break international law. This has enormous moral, as well as political and legal, consequences.

We believe this would create a disastrous precedent. It is particularly disturbing for all of us who feel a sense of duty and responsibility to the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement – that international treaty on which peace and stability within and between the UK and Ireland depends. 

The UK negotiated the Northern Ireland Protocol with the EU to ‘protect the 1998 Agreement in all its dimensions’. One year on, in this Bill, the UK Government is not only preparing to break the Protocol, but also to breach a fundamental tenet of the Agreement: namely by limiting the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights in Northern Ireland law.

If carefully negotiated terms are not honoured and laws can be ‘legally’ broken, on what foundations does our democracy stand?

We urge lawmakers to consider this Bill in the light of values and principles we would wish to characterise relationships across these islands long after the transition period.

The Most Reverend John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh 

The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury 

The Most Reverend Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church

The Most Reverend John Davies, Archbishop of Wales 

The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York

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