Have you been wondering about God during lockdown? A Conversation : 10 Aug, ONLINE

Have you been wondering about God during lockdown?
Have you tried praying for the first time, or for the first time in a while?
Would you like the chance to talk about your questions, hopes and doubts about God, faith, church or prayer?
If so, we’d love to talk to you!
We’re running a Zoom group on Monday 10 August at 7:30 for anyone who wants a safe, non-judgemental and open conversation about any of those things, without anyone telling you what to think.
If you would like to take part in this conversation, email hello@truro.anglican.org and we will send you an invitation.
If you can’t make it on Monday, let us know by emailing that address, and we will let you know when the next of these conversations is scheduled.

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Help shape the Cornwall we want as a cleaner, greener home : 6 Aug, ONLINE

High on the list of things people want for Cornwall’s future is a cleaner and greener environment with reduced traffic and a green economy. People are also calling for Climate Change to remain the number one consideration in decision-making about the future.

So what can we do to make that happen? What is already happening in Cornwall that we can build on and learn from?

Join a live debate at 7pm on Thursday 6 August

Take part in the live discussion by joining on the Council’s Facebook page We are also streaming the event live on the Cornwall we want website: https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/the-cornwall-we-want

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Festival of Christian Pilgrimage Online : 14 Sep, ONLINE

Festival of Christian Pilgrimage Online
Monday 14 September, 9.30am – 4.00pm BST
This September join us for a one-day online festival run by Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.
The day will feature a series of short talks each followed by a live Q&A. Speakers include Stephen Cottrell, Martyn Percy, Dee Dyas and Graham Usher. We hope you’ll leave equipped with practical ideas for enhancing your pilgrim ‘offer’ in your own parishes, both in terms of hospitality and encouraging the practice of pilgrimage as a way of deepening faith.

Tickets are free. Details of how to join the event will be sent to ticket holders in September. The Festival of Christian Pilgrimage is run by Canon Sarah Meyrick (Cathedral Public Engagement Manager) and Revd Dr Sally Welch (Diocesan Spirituality Adviser) on behalf of the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, and in partnership with the Church Times and Canterbury Press. 
Details and bookings:
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The Doctor’s Tale – Nagasaki Day performance : 9 Aug, ONLINE

THE DOCTOR’S TALE is an edited version by actor/playwright Michael Mears of NAGASAKI 1945, an account by a young doctor, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, working in a small hospital in Nagasaki at the time of the second atomic bomb, detailing how he and his small staff, with very limited supplies, survived that day and the following weeks. 

At 7.30pm on August 9th, 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb, Japanese actor Leo Ashizawa will give a live streamed reading of this story, with support from Michael Mears and with live musical accompaniment by Chihiro Ono.

Performed with live violin by Chihiro Ono.  Event co-hosted with the Peace and Justice Centre, Edinburgh. FREE, but you can support the performers, the venue and CND with donations here:

Watch on Vimeo or Facebook

Event arranged by Sands Films

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The Priest’s Tale – Hiroshima Day performance : 6 Aug, ONLINE

Join to hear tales from survivors of the atomic bombs 75 years ago in live-streamed performances from the stage of Sands Films Studios Theatre, Rotherhithe.

The Priest’s Tale is an adaptation by actor/playwright Michael Mears of one of the survivor’s accounts from John Hersey’s classic book Hiroshima. Father Wilhelm was a German Jesuit priest living in Hiroshima at the time of the first atomic bombing.  His account is a compelling and clear-eyed description of his experiences that day and in the subsequent months and years – told with compassion and warmth.

At 7.30pm on August 6th, the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb, Michael Mears will perform this story live, with live violin accompaniment by Chihiro Ono. (Duration approx. 55 mins.)

Directorial supervision by Rosamunde Hutt.  

This event is co-hosted by the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.   

Watch on Vimeo or Facebook

Event arranged by Sands Films

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Education Sunday 2020 : 13 Sep

Education Sunday 2020 will take place on Sunday 13 September.

The theme

The theme for 2020 will be “A learning people in a time of change”.

This year Education Sunday takes place at a time when many children, young people and staff have been away from schools, colleges and universities and have been working in different ways. Churches, too, have had to learn and adapt, whilst still maintaining a pattern of worship. This is a time to think about what we have learnt about ourselves, about our communities and about God.

An introduction to the 2020 theme has been written by Barbara Easton, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference 2021-22 and Head of Service, Methodist Academies and Schools Trust.

The Bible passages are:

Exodus 14.19-31
Psalm 114
Romans 14.1-12
Matthew 18.21-35 

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WCC webinar series to focus on good practices of ecological justice and economy of life : 28 Jul-18 Aug, ONLINE

23 July 2020

A four-step webinar series promoted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) titled “Churches on the Road to an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice” will feature concrete examples of churches and faith communities engaged in efforts for transforming their local context.

The activities are inspired by the WCC’s “Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice,” a resource rooted to the congregational level of churches’ engagement in ecological and economic justice. Launched in 2019, the roadmap addresses the question of how churches can ‘walk the talk’ on economic and ecological justice in their everyday activities and operations.

Starting on 28 July, the webinar series will bring together diverse experts and practitioners as well as encourage interactive discussion in the following areas:

28 July: “Reconnecting in faith with Creation, land and water”
4 August: “Confessing for just and sustainable consumption”
11 August: “For life, not profit – Churches as alternative economic actors and spaces”
18 August: “Powered by faith – Churches promoting renewable energy and climate protection”

The webinar inputs and discussions are expected to lead to the development of user-friendly tool kits.

The webinar series is a joint undertaking between the WCC’s economic and ecological justice project, WCC’s Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance – Food for life and the Ecumenical Water Network.

Learn more about this event

Download the “Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice”

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Money Makes Change Online Taster Session : 20 Aug, ONLINE

Join us for an interactive and informative session where you’ll find out more about the Money Makes Change programme and have a taster experience of the Money Makes Change interactive workshop, suitable for small groups, meetings and churches.

We’ll be meeting for an hour, via Zoom, and there is a choice of two sessions: 11am or 8pm.

All you need is an internet connection, a device that can be online (phone, tablet or computer) and an interest to find out more!

If you’d like to join us for the morning session at 11am, sign up at Eventbrite here

If you’d like to join us for the evening session at 8pm, sign up at Eventbrite here

The event is free and we look forward to seeing you there

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News & Prayer Live from the Middle East : 1 Aug, ONLINE

An extra special ‘News & Prayer Live from the Middle East’ event on 1 August via Zoom,
being held in partnership with New Wine United Breaks Out.
We will be joined by:

  • Rita El-Mounayer, SAT-7 International CEO, from Lebanon
  • George Makeen, SAT-7 Arabic Channels Programming Director, from Egypt
  • Reza Jafari, SAT-7 PARS Creative Manager, from Iran
  • Nicoletta Michael, SAT-7 Development Manager, from Cyprus

They will be sharing the latest news from SAT-7 and how people in the Middle East have been finding joy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent crises.
The event takes place via Zoom on 1 August at 12:15PM for 45 minutes. There will be opportunities to pray for people in the Middle East and SAT-7’s broadcast ministry in the region.


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Mobilising the Church for Action: Webinar : 30 Jul, ONLINE

Whatever you do next, volunteers will be crucial.   It’s been great to have your company at our Cinnamon Connect Webinars over the past few weeks. As lockdown eases and churches begin to reopen, it feels like we’re entering the next phase of our COVID-19 response. We don’t know what your specific plans are, but chances are you’ll need a team to help put them into action.

The next Cinnamon Connect Webinar is focused on helping you mobilise your church for whatever lies ahead. Whether you’re looking to start a new social action initiative or reestablish an existing programme, the webinar will provide you with insight and advice to help you build and resource an effective volunteer force.    On Thursday 30 July at 11 am, Kate Sharma will be speaking with Rich Robinson, CEO of Catalyst Change; Alan McWilliam, from Cairn; and Diane McWilliam, Cinnamon Network’s Advisor for Scotland. They will explore issues such as:

  • Why it’s important to cast the right vision
  • How to step back and enable others to lead
  • How to prevent volunteer burnout
  • What pitfalls to look out for

You can register to join the webinar HERE

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