Thursday, 16 June 2011

June Update

Well the weather may not be scorching at the moment (isn't rain inevitable around Wimbledon fortnight?) but the month of June is hot with events and new resources.

First off, congratulations to Prebendary Philippa Boardman on her MBE.

Picking up where we left off last month:- read the statement published at The Christian Muslim Youth Forum event on Trade Justice. There is still time to apply for the vacancy at the Christian Muslim Forum.

Moving on but still related to CMF, Friday 24th June a day conference at St Anthony of Padua Community Hall, 115 Headley Way, Headington, OX3 7S on Minding the Gap? Caring, Faith and Diversity. Details and booking.

Theos - the public theology think tank, has a vacancy for an executive assistant, deadline 19th June. Also from Theos. two publications:- Freedom and Order: History,Politics and the English Bible by Nick Spence and Turbulent Priests, a report on the political interventions of the last three Archbishops of Canterbury.

Another new publication: - Discovering Through Death - beliefs and Practices by Suleman Nagdi from The Muslim Burial Council of Leicester (mbcol). This is one to have on the shelf to refer to but also give to healthcare professionals, police officers, teachers and lawyers in your community.

Talking of lawyers, this year the Annual Lambeth Inter Faith lecture was given by Professor Malcolm Evans, Professor of International Law at Bristol University and entitled Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief:Agendas for Change.

Which leads nicely to working for social justice and JustShare's ongoing summer programme:- Tuesday 28th June, 1.05pm at St Mary-le-Bow JustShare Debate: 'Can you keep a promise? Spending 0.7% effectively on aid in the real world' The UK government has committed to spending 0.7% of gross national income on development aid. Is this enough? Too much? Is committing to a target level of spending sensible? How will the money be spent? Is aid effective anyway? Join Christine Allen, Director of the Catholic NGO Progressio, and Michael Green, author of Philanthrocapitalism, as they explore the issues. Also Wednesday 6th July at 6.05pm , same venue, JustShare Lecture on Christian Social & Political Thought
‘Good News for the Poor? Christianity and Overseas Development’
By Loretta Minghella OBE, Director of Christian Aid.

News in from Network members:- The Greenwich Peninsula Chaplaincy has just published its latest news letter and Malcolm Torry is writing another book this time on 'Managing Religion' - one to watch for. 4th - 17th July Commission 4Mission is exhibiting in the Crypt space of St Martin in the Fields. FiLE is working on an exciting initiative coming out of their seminars last Autumn. Check out their website for developments or see Revd Jonathan Evens blog Between. He's also blogged details of a Big Society event coming up in Redbridge on Tuesday 5th July...actually that blog links back nicely to the Theos report on Turbulent Priests see above.

Further ahead ........Wednesday 19th - Friday 21st October Love thy Neighbourhood: Creating sutainable Christ-like community work, Hothorpe Hall, Leicestershire. Lead by Livability's Community Mission Team, deatils and booking via the link
and farther afield ..........The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, EAPPI, is recruiting for 2012 but applications must be in by 23rd June. Details at

Last but most certainly not least this month, the interviews for the Near Neighbours Coordinator (CTC) post have taken place and we hope to blog an annoucnement about our new colleague in the next few days. Enjoy the strawberries!