What does it mean? Afresh look at:
Grace, Sin, Glory, Sacrifice, Hope, Salvation
We often hear and use words which we may not fully grasp the meaning of, especially when we hear and say them in church. Take Grace, Sin, Glory, Sacrifice, Hope and Salvation for example – can you say what they each mean? I doubt we would all totally agree on the meaning of each one. So to help that reflection we have six guests coming to talk to us about one of these words on every Sunday evening in Lent. We hope that this will enable us to discover that the words we so often say hold hidden secrets and gems for us to savour and enjoy.
All are welcome to come and join us at 6pm each Sunday in Lent when we explore what these words mean. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion after the service.
Below are short biographies of the speakers.
Guy Elsmore has been Archdeacon of Buckingham since 2016. He studied Physics at Edinburgh University and then worked with the homeless in Liverpool prior to theological training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and Ordination in Liverpool where he served his Title. Guy was then vicar of a shared RC/CE parish Church in Widnes where he was also Area Dean. He then became Rector of the St Luke’s Team in Central Liverpool where he was also Area Dean of Toxteth. Guy is married to Petra who is from the Czech Republic and who is also ordained. He has five children, two of whom are still at home.
Stephen Cherry is Dean of Chapel at King’s College, Cambridge; he is also a Fellow and the Director of Studies in Theology and Religion. and is the author of several books ranging from Barefoot Disciple, which was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book in 2011 to books about forgiveness (Healing Agony, Continuum 2012) , sin (The Dark Side of the Soul, Bloomsbury 2016) and time wisdom (Beyond Busyness, Sacristy Press, 2012), together with two collections of poem-prayers (Barefoot Prayers, 2013 and Barefoot Ways, 2015 ). His latest book in an invitation to young people to explore theology (God-Curious, JKP, 2017).
He was previously Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Durham and a Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral and before that Rector of All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough.
Frances Dominica was born in Inverness in 1942. Educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, she trained as a nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street and the Middlesex Hospital. She entered the All Saints Sisters of the Poor in 1966 and was the Mother Superior from 1977 to 1989. In 1982 she founded Helen House, the first children’s hospice in the world, followed by Douglas House for young adults in 2004.
Frances Young is Emeritus Professor of Theology, University of Birmingham, where she held the Edward Cadbury Chair from 1986 to 2005. She taught New Testament and early Christian studies in Birmingham from 1971. She was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1984, and regularly leads worship locally, as well as responding to preaching invitations from various denominations across the country. She has always endeavoured to bridge academia and the life of the churches, engaging particularly in ecumenical activities and conferences, including the World Faith and Order Conference in Santiago di Compostela in 1993. For 45 years she and her husband cared for a son born with profound learning disabilities, now aged 50; Jean Vanier and the L’Arche communities have been an important influence.
Brian Mountford was Vicar of the University Church in Oxford for thirty years and in retirement am a Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Acting Chaplain of Corpus Christi College, and Publisher-at-Large for the ‘Christian Alternative’ imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd. My best-selling book is ‘Christian Atheist – belonging without believing’, and my latest is an anthology of poems from 1500 to the present called ‘Friday’s Child – poems of suffering and redemption’. Each poem has an accompanying commentary by me.
Joanna Collicutt teaches psychology of religion and spirituality at Ripon College Cuddesdon and Oxford University, and is also Oxford Diocesan Advisor for the Spiritual Care of Older People. She is an associate priest in a west Oxfordshire parish.
Before ordination she was a consultant clinical neuropsychologist, specialising in the rehabilitation and care of people with memory problems due to brain disorders, and has published widely on the interface between psychology and theology. She has just completed an MA in Christianity and the Arts at King’s College London.
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11th January 2018
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