‘For Richer For Poorer’ represents a clear,
high-level insight into how poverty and marginalisation
are experienced across the diocese of Oxford.
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.
Grants are available from £100 to £5,000 or more.
This information came from – Amy Page
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, CUF
David Primrose says:
“Do enjoy and circulate this great paper from John McNight and Cormac Russell.”
A Prayer for World Mental Health Day
By Alison Webster
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.
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,
Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)
This link comes from the September 2017 edition of PRAXIS news
95 Missional Theses!
Following Martin Luther and his famous 95 theses the Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG) has produced 95 missional theses for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2017. Ours are based around the five marks of mission. Each takes the form of a positive statement: â€˜We believe in a Church that..â€™Â They will be tweeted, one a day in a randomised order, from @95missiontheses from 28 July 2017. We want to start LOTS of conversations about the sort of Church we believe in and want to see.Â People donâ€™t have to stick with ours; anyone can join the discussions or make up some theses of their own. We want to hear about those, too! Continue reading 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!
The Bible Reading Fellowship
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
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A guide to helping homeless people
for Clergy, Staff and Parishioners
Click on the link below to access the guide:
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 Â to publish this prayer.
Blessing for a home carer
In your devoted but demanding ministry,
may you receive Godâ€™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.
FromÂ â€˜God bless youâ€™ byÂ Nick Fawcett.Â ISBN 1-84417-362-3. Pub Kevin Mayhew.
Used on this website with permission from the publisher.Â For any other use, permission must be obtained from the copyright department via firstname.lastname@example.org
For Victims of Abuse
Liturgy for victims of abuse from St Mary’s, Upton
Courtesy of Rev’d Graeme Skinner
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.
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Seven Sacred Spaces
Llandaff Diocese has produced a workbook on the Seven Sacred Spaces which relates each space to personal, congregational and community contexts.Â 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.
Mission Development Officer
WATCH up North has looked long and hard for a wider issue to support and run alongside the campaign to open up the episcopate to women, just as WATCH is doing at the national level.
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. 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. Continue reading Vigil and Symbolic Devotion