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Our Spiritual Heart
A: BACK TO THE FUTURE Bradford Diocesan Day Back to Church Sunday in September saw some encouraging responses Saturday April 25th in a number of parishes and plans are in hand to do the same thing again in 2009. In this seminar Andy Chrich will re-visit Back to Church Sunday - sharing some of the good stories that happened in 2008 and discuss what lessons can be learnt for an even better outcome second ‘Our Spiritual Heart’ time round. Parishes that were not involved last time are welcome to join in. With Dr Christina Baxter, Principal of B: BEAT THE DRUM St John’s College, Nottingham. An African drumming workshop exploring the spiritual heart of drumming. This workshop will involve learning rhythms, and working Other speakers from outside the together and will be led by Steve Grasham, Children’s & Young People’s Missioner. It will be loud and fun! It is suitable for beginners Diocese include, and can accommodate a maximum of 20 participants. Drums provided. 'Begin the music, strike the tambourine!' (Psalm 81:2) Fr Timothy Radcliffe, Yvonne Richmond NB This workshop is one of two specifically planned for teenagers. Martyn Percy, Maggie Roux , Andy Kind, Fr George Guiver, Stephen Kelly and C: BEING A CHRISTIAN IN THE 21st CENTURY Laura Gilchrist Timothy Radcliffe is a Dominican friar and author. As Master of the Order he has travelled widely in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Now Plus numerous speakers from our own Diocesan family as a member of a community of people largely under the age of 40 he contributing to a wide range of seminars and workshops. thinks deeply about the relevance of Christian Faith for the contemporary world. Bradford Grammar School 10am - 4.30pm D: BEYOND THE SPOKEN WORD Workshops inevitably involve a lot of talking. This one is different! “…and God formed the man … and breathed into him … The only words spoken will be a brief introduction and a short time of and he became a living being!” sharing at the end. Most of the time will be spent in “active contemplation”, stimulated by pictures, icons, scripture, other written SEMINAR OPTIONS: You can attend two seminars during the words, candles, water, stones etc, to a background of gentle instrumental day. Indicate your choices on the Booking Form, plus a third music. You will have the opportunity to express prayer through writing choice should one of your options be full. or crayons or pastels. Gerald Mack has been a Reader for 33 years and is at present licensed at Hurst Green and Mitton. BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT Some seminars have limited numbers E: BOBBING ALONG I: ENGAGING WITH CONTERMPORARY SPIRITULITY “Pilgrim – when your ship long moored in harbour gives you the illusion Is Britain a secular society, disinterested in spiritual things? Has the of being a house…put out to sea! “ Archbishop Helder Camara. Are 'man-in-the street' no time for God? How can the Church connect with you letting the current take you where it will, going with the flow or 21st century people? Yvonne Richmond is Residentiary Canon for paddling upstream? Maybe you’re beached? Or maybe you’re a Mission at Coventry Cathedral and co-author of 'Evangelism in a stowaway like Jonah? Using wet on wet painting techniques and other Spiritual Age'. In this seminar she will explore these and other issues. such water based art activities, Shaeron Caton-Rose will lead you through a boat trip of discovery. No need to be an expert, apprentice J: FAITH, DEMENTIA & HOPE artists more than welcome. Members of the Ministry Amongst Older People Group will lead this seminar and explore a topic that is both heart-rending and relevant to F: CAN TAIZÉ BE IMPORTED? ever increasing numbers of people. Is the manna from the Taizé community for a time and place only or will it stay fresh to nourish us where we are? We will explore this question K: FAITH IN THE WORKPLACE through Taizé-style worship, in word and song. Bring your singing Faith in the workplace - a God-given reality or an ideological dream? voice (and instrument!) but if you have neither come with an open mind Nigel Wright is an NSM at St Mark's Utley and works part-time as an and heart! Andy Williams has been taking young people to Taizé for accountant and consultant. He believes passionately that God is just as over 10 years and leads regular Taizé prayer in the Cathedral where he real on Monday morning when we go to work as He is in Church the is a residentiary canon. day before. This seminar is for those who strive to live out their faith in the workplace. G: CONTEMPLATION IN A WORLD OF ACTION - exploring the spiritual vision of Thomas Merton. L: GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD? 2008 was the 40th anniversary of the death of the Christian monk, priest What is it like growing up in the 21st century? How do young people and mystic Thomas Merton. At the heart of Merton's spiritual vision is manage friendship and peer group pressure – growing independence and the contemplative tradition. This workshop explores the key themes of ‘fitting in’? A workshop offering a fun adventure, exploring these Merton's spirituality and considers how contemplation can be issues with other young people. Sue Taylor is a volunteer leader with incorporated into contemporary Christian experience. Kelvin the Sorted Youth Church in Bradford. Ravenscroft is Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Bradford NB This workshop is one of two specifically planned for teenagers. Grammar School. M: HARMONIES OF HEAVEN H: DANCE OF THE SPIRIT What is the place of music in worship and spirituality? In this mainly Words may not be enough. This workshop, led by Jenny Savage, will practical seminar, former professional cellist and curate Thomas explore – Dance of the Spirit – expressing God’s word to us through Wharton explores some of the ways that music can enrich our worship, movement. This workshop will begin with a Bible reading, meditation, deepen our spirituality and add an extra dimension to the meaning of warm up exercises and the exploration of movement as an expression of words. Suitable for non-musicians and musicians alike, the session will God’s word through Dance. It will finish with a time of quiet reflection. include a time of quiet meditation and reflective worship with cello Open to all people, please wear comfortable clothes. accompaniment. N: HEART AND SOUL - worship without instruments S: PILGRIMS OF THE IMAGINATION An introduction to unaccompanied singing for all ages and abilities. Carolyn and Ken Moore will explore the use of drama, mime and This particular approach - in which songs are learnt by ear - emphasises imagination in bringing the Gospels alive. Carolyn is Lay Chaplain at the joy of singing with others and also aims to enrich the experience of Bradford Cathedral and her work is in Education, Visitor Provision and sung worship. Keely Willox leads singing workshops at St. John's Pilgrimage. Church, Ben Rhydding for members of the congregation and members of the local community, drawing on songs from the African continent as T: SACRED SPACES – RITUALS & RECONCILIATION well as repertoire from a rich tradition of community singing. Rituals are an important part of everyday life but what part can they play in helping communities recover from violent conflict? This workshop O: LABYRINTH: JOURNEY OF THE HEART will explore the importance of rituals to reconciliation and draw out The Labyrinth as a way of pilgrimage for Christians dates from the lessons that can be applied to our own experiences of dealing with Middle Ages. This particular labyrinth is based on the design in Chartres conflict and change. Laura Gilchrist set up Peacebuilders, a social Cathedral and is offered as a tool for prayer and reflection. This is an enterprise committed to conflict mediation and resolution processes. experiential workshop - participants will walk the Labyrinth (hopefully outdoors) and by doing so be encouraged to reflect on their own journey U: SPIRITUAL JOURNALING through life. – drawing close to God through creative writing. Gill Mack, Priest in Charge of Hurst Green & Mitton and Diocesan P: MAKING THE MOST OF THE DAILY OFFICE Healing Adviser is a trained Spiritual Director. Before ordination she Inherited Church still has a place in many Churches and doing the basics was a midwife and she now sees her role as being a ‘spiritual midwife’ – right is still important. Fr George Guiver, Principal of Mirfield will helping others to bring God’s Word to birth in their own lives. She share his experience growing closer to God through the Daily Offices. writes: “Through creative writing, art, poetry, prayer and reflection one is able to set down one’s own unique revelation of God, self and Q: NURTURING FAITH circumstances in such a way as to begin to see all things through the Many churches run courses to introduce people to Christianity and help eyes of God, igniting passion for Him and compassion for creation. them to grow in their faith. What courses are out there, and which is best for your church? Find out more with Paul Walker, Diocesan V: SPIRITUALITY FOR PRACTICAL PEOPLE Evangelism Adviser and Vicar of Wrose. As well as surveying the Do you think spirituality is for wimps? Not into the touchy-feely stuff? courses available, there will also be practical tips and ideas for how to Stephen Kelly is as down to earth as they come and he will attempt to attract people, recruit leaders and run fruitful courses. unpack what spirituality might look like for practical people. Stephen was previously Vicar of All Saints Bingley but is now CME Officer for R: ONE OFF A KIND! Comedy as a spiritual gift. the Wakefield Diocese as well as being a parish priest. Amongst other things this unusual seminar will explore the healing power of laughter and how humour can create community and build W: SPIRITUALITY UNITED THROUGH CREATIVE DIVERSITY bridges. Andy Kind has been a comedian since 2005 when he won Spirituality has a corporate dimension and in this seminar Paul Tudge Anything for Laughs and he has appeared in Edinburgh and numerous & Gordon Dey will combine their varied experience to explore some of Christian festivals. “When the mouth is open for laughter you can share the many ways that congregations can grow together, for example, in some food for thought!” testimony, visual images, story-telling, use of buildings............... X: SPORT & SPIRITUALITY BOOKING INFORMATION Sport often mirrors life and faith — ups, downs, pain, ambition, financial turmoil, thwarted dreams, ecstasy and salvation, it’s all there! Early in the New Year it will be possible to book on-line by going to: Over the past 4 years Andy Bowerman has been using sport and its http://events.dowson.com/all/11. At the time of writing the website spiritual connections to help others discover faith at the gym, on the is not yet active. terraces and on the pitch. Andy is a Diocesan Pioneer Minister and is also Chaplain, Life Coach and Pitch Announcer to Bradford City FC. Brochures and Booking Forms will be mailed to all clergy and PCC secretaries early in the New Year. For more detailed instructions on Y: UNEXPECTED VOICES how to use the on-line booking system see the Booking Form. Details Maggie Roux lectures in Media at Leeds Trinity and has an will also soon be added to the Diocesan website from where there will international profile in the area of film and spirituality. This seminar be a direct link to the booking site. Please note: when booking on-line will use film clips and discussion to explore one of the most powerful each person must use an individual e-mail address. forms of communication that exists today. Alternatively you can post the booking form to: Diocesan Day, Kadugli Z: WHAT'S MY TYPE? WHAT'S MY PREFERENCE? House, Elmsley Street, Keighley. BD20 6SE. Ruth Dowson will lead this seminar, an introduction to Myers Briggs type indicator and spirituality. Using fun activities it will help you gain Bookings this year will be accepted on a first-come, first-served an insight into your own type and how this relates to your spiritual life. basis with no restriction on numbers from any one parish. Ruth is a Senior Lecturer at the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Met. University and is a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner. Special Needs? Please advise us when you book. Particular care is taken to allocate seminars to ground floor rooms if we know that those AA: WHY WALK ALONE? with mobility problems are due to attend them. An introduction to Spiritual Direction led by Sue Wharton. Spiritual Direction (also called spiritual accompaniment or spiritual Children. A limited number of places are available in a crèche and in companioning) offers a rich resource for every Christian, some would two Children's Groups (5-7's and 8-12's). These places must be argue every person, to draw upon. This seminar will offer a practical and requested at the time of booking and will be allocated on a first-come, theoretical introduction. first-served basis. BB: YEAST, SALT & OTHER ADDITIVES: Teenagers. We welcome those aged 13+ into the main programme; two What Kind of Growth Does the Church Need? seminars have particularly been planned with teens in mind (see inside As Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Oxford Ministry for details) although young people are welcome to opt for any seminar Course, Martyn Percy is busy training the next generation of ordained they wish. ministers –there are over 130 of them studying at Cuddesdon. But what kind of Church are they being prepared for? Has the Church of England For more information contact Steve Allen on 01274-482059 or got a future? And if so, what might it look like? email@example.com. Alternatively contact the Diocesan Office on 01535-650555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the letters attached to the last two seminars and make sure you write AA or BB if you are choosing them.
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