Wednesday, 13 April 2011

April update

Courses in inter-religious relations: Our sister centre in Leicester, St Philip’s has asked me to publicise their courses beginning from September – do-able from London (and now accredited by DeMontfort University)  You can download a leaflet with full details.
JustShare Lecture on Christian Social & Political Thought: ‘Let your Yes be Yes – the Christian imperative to change the voting system’, given by Jonathan Bartley (Founder and Co-Director of Ekklesia) Wednesday 13th April at 6.05pm, at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside EC2V 6AU and at the same venue Tuesday 26th April at 1.05pm, Cheapside Debate‘Value for your vote: the AV arguments rehearsed with questions answered’, featuring Mark Field MP and Andrew Duff MEP.

Scriptural Reasoning - Money, debt and Justice: A limited number of tickets are available from the Contextual Theology Centre for an exciting event with Cambridge Interfaith Programme and Citizens UK. On the morning of May 2nd, 150 Christians, Jews and Muslims will be reflecting on Biblical and Qu'ranic texts on money, debt and justice - before Citizens holds a 2000 person assembly to celebrate ten years of its Living Wage Campaign. The Scriptural Reasoning event is at 11 for 11.30am at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. To book a place, email Angus Ritchie (

The Big Society:

- The write up of a recent conference with Community Development South East can be downloaded from Zedakah

- A range of events from the Contextual Theology Centre on this theme in May

Working with Volunteers: Joanna Cox; National Adviser in Lay Discipleship and Shared Ministry recently included several useful resources in her Friday mailing.  She gives some advice on the technicalities, as does Your Church and the Law, by David Parrott - see Chapter 19 on Working with Volunteers  Please contact Susanne Mitchell ( for more on this subject.

Transforming Clergy Leadership: Annual Conference for clergy and those who train them is run by The Grubb Institute 6 – 10 June 2011 this year at Sarum College. This comes too late for the early bird booking saving but there are still places