Sharing the Gift of Christian Meditation
CUF is working with the World Community for Christian Meditation on this small grants fund to enable more people to find out about meditation, help them develop their own personal and group practices and through this, reach out to the wider world.
The fund has three key objectives:
To promote the understanding and practice of meditation. For example, is there a particular group of people you want to introduce to meditation? How can you do that?
To encourage meditators to deepen their practice. For example, do you have ideas for helping people persevere and go deeper?
To reach out to all parts of society in order to share the gifts that meditation brings. For example, do you particularly want to take meditation out to people and places beyond the reach of churches, or where traditional language isn’t readily understood.
God of compassion, You meant us to be both fragile and ordinary. Silence the voices that say we are not good enough, Haven’t achieved enough, Haven’t enough to show for our lives, That we are not enough. Help us to know that we are treasure, We are prized, We are cherished, We are loved. Infinitely. By you. So be with us in our corrugations of feeling: When our hearts are in downward freefall, be with us When our minds race with anxiety, be with us When our throats close in fear, be with us When sleep will not come, be with us When waking hurts, be with us. In the name of Jesus, Who knew trauma, abuse, despair and abandonment And has nothing but love for us, Amen.
Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good
We are living in turbulent times with religious, political and social divisions challenging our identity and common life. So what kinds of conversation and encounter will help us move forward? The common good is a means to seek the welfare of all people and this new Booklet from Bible Society in collaboration with Together for the Common Good, explores how Christians of all traditions, can build the common good – both now, and for future generations.
Looking at what the Bible can show us about the common good, we have chosen six short passages from the Old and New Testaments which prompt reflection, discussion, prayer and action.
It isn’t easy to respond to God’s call to live for the common good. It requires us to be people with the courage to stay in the room, negotiate and keep dialogue going by recognising the humanity of everyone, including those with whom we disagree. This is a Booklet for our times.
Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good
Available @ £3.99 from: biblesociety.org.uk/commongood
God of hope and resurrection, you know us better than we know ourselves, and draw us to peace and wholeness in your love. We remember before you those who are unable to remember their own lives. Guard and treasure their lost memories for them, and hold their past in your safe hands, that when the death of the body comes, you may bring them to the full life of the resurrection, restore and heal the memories of their lives, and give them back to themselves, that we with them may rejoice in your love, and find the fullness of life in your presence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Thank you to Doug Chaplin, Worcester Diocese for permission to publish this prayer.
Please note that these guidelines are in the process of being revised. The most important update to note is that the principle national SR officers are now part of Mission and Public Affairs Division, for more information about MPA Division go to (the link was broken and therefore removed, Webmaster DJS Jan 2018)
In your devoted but demanding ministry, may you receive God’s blessing and be a blessing in return to the one you care for. When exhaustion overwhelms you, may God renew your vigour. When patience is tested, may he grant fortitude. When all seems bleak, may he shed light. When tears flow, may he bring comfort. May you and your loved one know his peace, receive his strength and experience his love, surrounding and supporting you always through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Taken from,˜God bless you” by Nick Fawcett. ISBN 1-84417-362-3. Publisher Kevin Mayhew. Used on this website with permission from the publisher. For any other use, permission must be obtained from the copyright department via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Credit Union Movement has always stressed the all humanity are brothers and sisters and puts this ideal into practice in the economic field. No words have expressed this idea more beautifully or more meaningfully than the Prayer of St. Francis which has since been widely recognised as the official prayer of the Credit Union Movement.
Make me an instrument of thy peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving, that we receive
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned
And it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.
Llandaff Diocese has produced a workbook on the 7-Sacred Spaces which relates each space to personal, congregational and community contexts. Download it from here, the workbook link is at the top left of the page.
I wonder if you could circulate this around the SR network, please. The Worcester Diocesan Lent Course Seeking the Common Good is now available on our website, if anyone is interested, or receives queries from people asking for study material which relates to election or good society / common good themes in advance of the election.
Prayer for victims of childhood sexual abuse on Holy Innocents day (28 December-annually)
Churches are asked to hold a vigil on Holy Innocents Day for victims of childhood sexual abuse . For town centre churches this may mean being open with prayer activities for people to join in as they are able, from 12.00 noon until 3.00 pm. Other churches may hold a special evening service. Material in this post is freely available for download and adaptation.
Rebecca M. Hodel-Jones writes … In 2012, in response to revelations about the heinous crimes of sexual abuse against children a body of material was put together in conjunction with WATCH Membership and the Social Responsibility Network. Vigils were held on Holy Innocents Day, 28 December 2012. The church’s message of support for the survivors of abuse being made explicit through holding the vigils on that particular day in the church calendar. Vigils were held again in subsequent years.
The body of material is available here (see below).
Alongside this is the suggestion that as individuals or at a small gathering in the home a used candle might be taken and re- lit. There will surely be plenty of used candles around after Christmas. As we know, much abuse takes place in the privacy of the home. As this act of devotion is carried out and the candle is relit in support of those who have suffered sexual abuse as children the reflection may well be that once re-lit a used candle burns just as brightly as a new one.
I commend to you, both holding a vigil and also the supportive material, and I ask that you might consider what could possibly prevent you from carrying out the simple yet powerfully symbolic act of devotion on Holy Innocent’s Day?
The Credit Union Movement has always stressed that all humanity are brothers and sisters and puts this ideal into practice in the economic field. No words have expressed this idea more beautifully or more meaningfully than the Prayer of St. Francis which has since been widely recognised as the official prayer of the Credit Union Movement.
LORD Make me an instrument of thy peace Where there is hatred, let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console To be understood as to understand To be loved as to love For it is in giving, that we receive It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned And it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.
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