Have you heard the call to chaplaincy?

By Jac Smith

December 2, 2020

Have you ever thought about becoming a chaplain? Are you a good listener? Do you have a heart for meeting people where they are, no matter how difficult that place might be, and helping them to find a way back?

Maybe you’ve thought you’d love to be a chaplain but don’t think you’re wise enough or holy enough. No one is – and if they think they are, they’re probably not going to be a great chaplain.

A very special role

Chaplaincy is a very special role. It’s about listening, being watchful and sensitive to other people’s feelings and situations. And it’s about seeing the presence of God, even when it’s late at night, the young person you are dealing with is drunk, bank card lost, phone out of charge and would really rather you weren’t there.

There are so many places where chaplains are present from the obvious to the obscure. From hospitals, the police, and our armed forces to our city streets late at night, music festivals, lifeboats, fishing boats, rural farms, cattle-markets.

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Vacancy: Digital Assistant, Truro Cathedral : Closing Date 16 Dec

We have an exciting opportunity for a digital assistant. Reporting to the cathedral digital manager, we are looking for someone with outstanding interpersonal skills and organisational-level digital experience across website and social media platforms, including the creation and curation of digital content.

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Racial Justice Webinar: ‘Black and Blue’

Watch again: this much-anticipated webinar, streamed live on Wednesday 2 December 2020, featured present and former serving black police officers about their views on the Black Lives Matter movement, institutional racism, ‘stop and search’ and related law and order issues.

Contributors included:

  • Dr Leroy Logan MBE, former superintendent in the Metropolitan police and a former chair of the Black Police Association. Leroy is also the author of Closing Ranks: My Life as a Cop.
  • Janet Hills, a Detective Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Service. Janet is the first Female Chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association and was also the National Black Police Association President from 2015-2017.
  • Bevan Powell MBE, the former chair of the Black Police Association and current Methodist Secretary for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

The session was chaired by the Venerable Dr Rosemarie Mallett, Archdeacon of Croydon and Revd Les Isaac OBE, CEO of the Ascension Trust.


This webinar was produced in partnership with:

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Record number of faith institutions launch new wave of fossil fuel divestment

16 November 2020

Today, 47 faith institutions from 21 countries, including nine institutions from the UK, announce their divestment from fossil fuels as a practical response to the climate emergency.

Participating institutions include five Catholic religious orders in the UK, two United Reformed Church Synods, UK-based local Anglican and Methodist churches, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (Catholic) and American Jewish World Service.

The urgency of divestment and a just and green recovery from Covid-19

The announcement coincides with the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Faith leaders’ action puts pressure on government leaders, and their commitment to clean energy stands in stark contrast with many governments’ failure to deliver ambitious energy strategies.

The UK government faces increasing pressure to demonstrate global leadership on the climate crisis ahead of the UN climate talks (COP26) taking place in Glasgow in November 2021. Earlier this month, 70 organisations launched The Climate Coalition’s 10 Point Plan for a Green, Healthy and Fair Recovery. This includes a call for the UK government to end all public support for fossil fuels overseas and support countries to leapfrog to renewable and efficient energy.

Lord Deben, Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change, recently advocated for Catholic leaders to play a more active role when he addressed hundreds of people in a webinar organised by Operation Noah and others on Catholic investment for an integral ecology. He said: ‘It is hugely important for the Catholic community to be very visible… it must be very determined, and it must be clear that we all ought to be in this together.’

This week, from 19-21 November, Pope Francis has convened the ‘Economy of Francesco’, an online conference involving more than 1,000 young adults, which will explore innovative ways of shaping a sustainable economy. This conference builds on an announcement in June, when the Vatican recommended in its first-ever operational guidelines on ecology that all Catholic organisations divest from fossil fuels.

With renewables now growing at a faster pace than fossil fuels, institutional investors are increasingly moving toward sustainable investments in the clean energy economy. Faith investors are an important part of this movement, constituting the single-largest source of divestment in the world, making up one-third of all commitments.

Recently, in preparation for the G20 summit that begins on 21 November, environment ministers released a statement that was widely seen as rubber-stamping fossil fuel bailouts and removed a long-standing G20 call for the end to fossil fuel subsidies.

UK Churches divesting from fossil fuels in response to the climate emergency

Thames North Synod and Southern Synod in the United Reformed Church are among the organisations participating in the announcement. The United Reformed Church (at a national level) and 10 out of 13 URC Synods have now completed divestment from fossil fuels, as recommended by the URC Mission Council in May 2019.

Trinity Methodist Church, Chelmsford, is another of the organisations announcing its decision to end investments in fossil fuel companies as part of the global divestment announcement. Last month, the Methodist Council voted to support a resolution on divestment from fossil fuel companies, agreeing that further action is needed by JACEI and the Central Finance Board to fully implement a motion on divestment passed by the 2017 Methodist Conference.

Earlier this year one of the Church of England’s three National Investing Bodies, which is managed by investment management company CCLA, sold its last remaining shares in fossil fuel companies. CCLA, whose CBF funds manage investments on behalf of most Church of England dioceses and many local Church of England churches, dropped its investments in oil giants Shell and Total for financial reasons.

A Church of England parish, St Mary’s Walthamstow, announced its decision to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of the global divestment announcement, meaning that 18 local CofE churches have now made fossil fuel divestment commitments. The church’s commitment to divest adds to calls for the Diocese of Chelmsford to divest the close to £1m it currently has invested in fossil fuel companies, according to a report earlier this year by DeSmog.

Last month, the Church of England Pensions Board communicated its decision to divest from ExxonMobil as a result of the US oil company’s failure to set targets for Scope 3 emissions that are generated when customers burn fossil fuels. However, the Church Commissioners intends to continue investing in ExxonMobil, despite Exxon having blocked shareholder resolutions put forward by the Church of England at its AGM in 2019 and 2020. Exxon is also planning to increase production of oil and gas by 35% by 2030.

In September, it was revealed that Shell plans to resume oil and gas exploration in the Arctic for the first time since 2015, despite pressure from faith investors and others that has exposed the inherent weakness of the fossil fuel industry. Shell has cited divestment as a material risk to its business.

Today’s divestment announcement means that more than 400 religious institutions have now committed to divest.

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Christmas volunteering and meals

Volunteer Cornwall want to try to ensure that no-one is left alone over Christmas. This is especially important this year given the disruption to normal life we have all faced.

They have pulled together a page to spread the word about community events taking place across Cornwall, however there are far fewer notified to them than in previous years. Some of these may need your help as a volunteer but all of them are featured because they provide opportunities – especially to older and vulnerable people – to be part of something rather than being alone through the festive period.  Find the details here.

Contact them at christmas@volunteercornwall.org.uk, telephone 01872 266988 or use the Christmas Form to share details of your planned activities if you would like them to be included on their page.

Please note that the last date for adding information on opportunities for the Christmas period will be at noon on Friday 18th December.

There are also opportunities listed for toy donations, some of which are open to receiving nominations of charities which could distribute toys to the people they work with. Make sure your organisation features, if you could use them.

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Changes to DBS checks in place from 28 November

Please be aware that changes to DBS checks have come in, from 28 November, regarding self-disclosure around spent, unspent and conditional convictions. We have received a helpful round-up from Safe CIC, and their partner Dominic Headley (with thanks).

The MOJ guidance makes it crystal clear that under self-disclosure rules, all unspent convictions and conditional cautions must be disclosed, just like any job or activity that is covered by the ROA 1974.

In addition, spent cautions and convictions must be disclosed if they meet the circumstances described in the table below:

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Green Advent Calendar

from Jesuits and Friends, Issue 107, Winter 2020, page 20

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Falmouth: Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre Serving Falmouth, Penryn and Surrounding Villages

If you are feeling weighed down by debt, then we can help you.  You may think that your situation is impossible, but there is hope. Our friendly team will give you a listening ear in confidential appointments and provide a practical solution to your debts.

We offer

  • local appointments with a debt coach
  • an effective and realistic budget that prioritises your essential bills. We will negotiate affordable payments with each creditor and attempt to stop unfair interest and charges where possible.
  • a CAP Plan, in most cases, is set up for you and you will need to make one monthly payment into your CAP Plan to cover your debts and also bills if appropriate.  CAP will then distribute this on your behalf.  You can also build up savings through your CAP Plan.

If you are in severe debt CAP can walk you through insolvency options, such as petitioning for bankruptcy and helping you to fill out the forms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost anything?  No, our service is completely free.

Will my creditors cooperate with you?  Yes, we have worked with over 1,000 companies within the finance industry and we are well respected.

Is CAP just for Christians?  No, CAP will help anyone regardless of their religious beliefs.  We are committed to our service being available to all.

Making the first call can be hard but the sooner you ring, the sooner you will begin to have peace of mind.  So call our Freephone number 0800 328 0006 or the local debt coach number below and begin your journey to becoming debt free.

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