Engaging with Mark

Morna Hooker is one of the great New Testament scholars of our time, with a special interest in Mark’s gospel. She is a Methodist Lay Preacher, author of many books, and was Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity within the University of Cambridge from 1976 – 1998.

Leader(s): Professor Morna Hooker

Venue: St Chads Church
Date: Tuesday 21st October 2014, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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“At Sea with God”

The metaphor of seafaring can be a helpful way to explore our spiritual journeying. We will reflect on our lives and circumstances as the “boat” in which we make the voyage of life.

Leader(s): Margaret Silf

Venue: The Briery Retreat Centre
Date: Tuesday 21st October 2014, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Refreshing Preaching: Engaging with the Text and Context

Taking a set reading we work through the issues that confront the preacher in seeking to convey the directness of the gospel, in the choices presented by the Bible reading and in finding a shape that delivers the surprise and freshness of the preaching event.

Leader(s): Revd Canon Roger Spiller, former Director of Ministry & Ordinands for Coventry Diocese

Venue: The Mirfield Centre
Date: Saturday 25th October 2014, 9:45 am to 3:30 pm

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Volunteering and Collaborative Working

A morning with the Revd Richard Steel, Rector of Kirkheaton and author of Building up the Body: Encouraging, equipping and enabling volunteers in the church. This event will focus on collaborative ways of working with and encouraging volunteers. Open to all.

Leader(s): Revd Richard Steel, Rector of Kirkheaton, author of Building up the Body, a practical guide to working with and encouraging volunteers

Venue: Christ the King
Date: Saturday 1st November 2014, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

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Preaching on Mark

An opportunity to prepare for the lectionary readings for the coming year.

Leader(s): Revd Andrew Tawn

Venue: Holy Trinity Ripon
Date: Tuesday 4th November 2014, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

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Sacred Circle Dance Weekend

This is the 16th annual Sacred Circle Dance Weekend. There will be time for reflection and relaxation. No dance experience necessary!

Leader(s): Sylvia Williment

Venue: The Briery Retreat Centre
Date: Friday 7th November 2014, to Sunday 9th November 2014

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The Use of Imagination in Preaching

A study morning for preachers; Kate Bruce is passionate about encouraging and enabling fresh and engaging approaches to communication and the life of faith, taking Scripture seriously and equipping preachers with the confidence to explore imaginative methods of preaching based on solid theological foundations.

Leader(s): Revd Dr Kate Bruce, Deputy Warden and Tutor in Preaching at Cranmer Hall, Durham

Venue: Chapel Alleton Methodist Church
Date: Saturday 8th November 2014, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

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Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence

In this illustrated lecture Professor Jolyon Mitchell explores how religion and media can combine to both incite violence and promote peace. Drawing on diverse examples (e.g. the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and the peace process after the Civil War in Mozambique) he investigates how violent environments can be cultivated and peace promoted. In these and other contexts Professor Mitchell explores how far popular media arts and faith communities can contribute to imagining and building peace, transforming weapons into art, swords into ploughshares.

Leader(s): Jolyon Mitchell, former producer and journalist, BBC World Service; Professor of Communications, Arts & Religion,Director of the Centre for Theology & Public Issues (CTPI) at the University of Edinburgh

Venue: The Mirfield Centre
Date: Wednesday 12th November 2014, 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

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Children’s Spirituality: What it is and why it matters

This day offers fresh and deep insights into children’s spirituality. An enjoyable mix of interactive talks by an expert in the field plus workshops (Godly Play, Prayer Spaces). Of interest to all, especially those involved in children’s work.

Leader(s): Dr Rebecca Nye, researcher, consultant and trainer in the field of children’s spirituality

Venue: Christ Church Halton
Date: Saturday 15th November 2014, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

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Day of Prayer & Preparation amid the flurry of Christmas preparations

“Lord our God, help us to prepare for the coming of Christ your Son. May he find us waiting, eager in joyful prayer.”

Leader(s): Sr. Anne Hammersley

Venue: The Briery Retreat Centre
Date: Thursday 4th December 2014, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

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“A Voice Crying in the Wilderness”

An opportunity to reflect on the wilderness of the human heart as the place of encounter with God “behold I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her” (Hos 2:14)

Leader(s): Fr David Williams C.P.

Venue: The Briery Retreat Centre
Date: Friday 12th December 2014, to Sunday 14th December 2014

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Writing Down the Soul: Charting Life’s Journey on the Page

A day discovering how writing and creativity is a way of unearthing the soul and charting our life’s journey. We will explore how the imagination might be a key to unpacking the presence of the spirit in our lives.

Leader(s): Adrian Scott, Author and poet

Venue: The Mirfield Centre
Date: Saturday 24th January 2015, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

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A Christian and a Muslim in Conversation

Ataullah Siddique and Christopher Lamb are both writers and practitioners on interfaith issues with a strong focus on working for understanding and trust between the members of their faiths in the UK.

Leader(s): Ataullah Siddique & Revd Christopher Lamb

Venue: The Mirfield Centre
Date: Saturday 14th February 2015, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

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Singing the Story: A Day to Explore Music Written for the Passion

Does the music we use in church and in our concert halls during Lent keep us in touch with the great story of our salvation? From congregational hymns to the more elaborate compositions, do we remain ‘in tune with heaven’? The day will be thoughtful as well as practical – come prepared to sing!

Leader(s): Prof. Phil Wilby, Composer & Revd Canon Wendy Wilby, Organist and Director of Music

Venue: The Mirfield Centre
Date: Saturday 21st February 2015, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

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Faith on the Edge: the Church and the Open Door

Richard Carter is vicar of a church on the edge of Trafalgar Square with an ever open door. His work involves a ministry to the many homeless people, migrants and refugees who come to London seeking a future but then discover that the streets are not paved with gold. Richard will talk about the way spirituality and the church community can become a vital place of re-establishing belonging and identity and the way the poorest in our society can often become the most profound witnesses of the gospel.

Leader(s): Revd Richard Carter, Associate Vicar for Mission at St Martin in the Fields, London

Venue: The Mirfield Centre
Date: Thursday 26th February 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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