I am at the moment organising two book launches for the new book Ancient Faith Future Mission: New Monasticism as Fresh Expressions of the Church.
We have two book launches in early Feb - one in London and one in Manchester. Both begin awith a drinks and nibbles reception, followed by a panel discussion.
Tuesday 1st February 6.00pm - 9.30pm London Centre for Spirituality, Lombard Street, London EC3V 9EA.
Panel so far:
MC: Ian Mobsby Bp Graham Cray Br Samuel, Anglican Franciscans Andy Freeman, 24-7 Boiler Rooms and Reconcile Community Reading Diane Kershaw, The Order of Mission Sheffield Aaron Kennedy, Moot Community Tessa Holland, Contemplative Fire Community Ian Adams, CMS Small Missional Communities
Over 39 years in Parish Ministry I took many funerals. Since my retirement I have taken many more. As the years have gone by I have become increasingly conscious that people attending funerals, either at Church, or in the Crematorium, seem to have little or no knowledge of the Christian faith. They look for comfort and help at an extremely vulnerable time in their lives. What I say is basically in the booklet. The response to what I have said has often been very enlightening. People leaving the Service have shown a real interest in what I have said and I have felt repeatedly that I should have something to give these people.
This has led me to print this booklet. It is not meant to be a profound theological treatise but a simple pointer to the One we believe has the answer to the questions of life and death.
Sale and distribution is being handled by the Bishop's Office in Bradford: Bishopscroft, Ashwell Road, Heaton, Bradford BD9 4AU. Tel 01274 545414
Jim Wallis, writer and political activist, was in the UK for the Justice Now tour [22-27 November]. He challenged the Church to choose hope over cynicism and act and speak accordingly. He describes hope: “Hope is not a feeling, or a mood, or being a cup half-full person. It is the decision you make and it comes from this thing we call faith. Hebrews said faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. My best paraphrase of that text is this: Hope is believing despite the evidence and watching the evidence change." The tour was organised by Spring Harvest, Bible Society, Hope Together, Chapel St, Tearfund and Hodder Faith and inspired those gathered to pursue justice in our world and be change-makers. Wallis also spoke at the Hope Forum in London. Choose Hope, not Cynicism – read more
New Year Prayer: New opportunities, fresh hope Although Christmas seems to take over, 2011 is just around the corner. HOPE will be focusing on the New year as a time to pray and seek God for the coming 365 days. There are prayer events all over the UK on the evening of 31st December including a Soul Survivor all-night prayer gathering, a Peterborough Cathedral event and a late-night Jesus House prayer meeting. HOPE is making available some prayer resources ideal for use at New Year or for the Week of Christian Unity in January, focusing on inviting God into each aspect of 2011 and fresh hope. Hope Prayer for the New Year and the Week of Christian Unity