Blessed Living! - The Beatitudes for today
Jesus gave us the Beatitudes nearly 2,000 years ago. Most Christians can remember some of them if asked, but some may struggle remembering all eight. However in our modern society, what relevance do these sayings have today for us all? To explore this the Hambleden Valley Group of Churches has invited five distinguished guests to preach at 6pm on the first five Sundays in Lent. There will be time for questions after the services.
Come and join us as we explore what the Beatitudes mean for us today.
Below are short biographies of the speakers.
Angela Tilby is the Diocesan Canon at Christ Church Cathedral. Before ordination she was a producer for the BBC for 22 years, specialising in religious documentary films. She left broadcasting to teach at Westcott House in Cambridge, an Anglican theological college. She then spent five years in parish ministry before moving to Oxford. She is a regular contributor to the BBC's Thought for the Day.
Jeremy Moodey is Chief Executive of the Christian charity Embrace the Middle East, formerly known as BibleLands. Previous careers include a spell as a British diplomat, serving in Pakistan and Rome, and 15 years as a City investment banker with Rothschild. He joined Embrace in 2009. Jeremy is passionate about justice in the Middle East, and supporting the witness of the historic Christian communities in the region. He worships with his wife Ruth at Emmanuel Church in Chesham and has three grown-up children. His main outside interest is football refereeing.
Dr Jeffrey John is Dean of St Albans Cathedral. He was brought up in Rhondda, South Wales, and studied Classics, Modern Languages and Theology at Oxford. He has been a Curate in Cardiff, a Chaplain, Dean and Lecturer at Oxford, a Vicar in South London, and before his present job was Canon Theologian of Southwark Cathedral and Director of Ministerial Training in the Southwark Diocese. His books include The Meaning in the Miracles, and Permanent Faithful Stable: Christian Same-Sex Marriage.
Margaret Whipp is an Anglican priest and pastoral theologian. Her first profession was in medicine where she worked as a consultant oncologist and director of palliative care services in Sheffield and in the Durham area. She was ordained in 1990 and has served in parish ministry, university chaplaincy and theological education. Her current role is as hospital chaplain to the Churchill cancer centre and the Oxford hospitals.
The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham was born in Edinburgh, grew up in East London and Kent, and studied at St Johnís College Cambridge and then Balliol College Oxford. He trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, was ordained Deacon (1979), Priest (1980) and Bishop (2003). Alan has served in the Diocese of Oxford for the duration of his ministry.
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