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To Churches Together...AUGUST 2017
Dear Friends in Christ
REFORMATION 500 Saturday 21st October 2017 Lutherans up-north, Reformation Celebration in Headingley at St Columba’s URC church Leeds- 2pm Preacher Bishop Emeritus Walter Jagucki. see also http://www.reformation500.uk
The Exploring Silence workshops are aimed at those with either no experience of the traditional Christian spiritual discipline of silence-based prayer, or those with a little experience who would like to explore this further. Places are limited to 16 per workshop, so booking is essential via the seedsofsilence.org.uk website.
Pursuit of Silence, a film at Bradford Cathedral also on Wed 27th September, at 7pm- an Artspace event at Bradford Cathedral. Tickets £5 in advance
The film will be followed by a performance of the iconic, noteless composition, 4’33”, by John Cage, and a panel discussion with Dr Helen Lees, Dr Rachel Muers (the Quaker WYCT Representative) and Dr Alison Woolley.
The themes of the daily material raise some of the contemporary issues addressed by the churches of the Caribbean. Abuses of human rights are found across the region and we are challenged to consider our manner of welcoming of the stranger into our midst. Human trafficking and modern-day slavery continue to be huge issues. Addiction to pornography and drugs, continue to be serious challenges to all societies. The debt crisis has a negative impact upon the nations and upon individuals – the economies of the nations and people have become precarious. Family life continues to be challenged by the economic restrictions which lead to migration, domestic abuse and violence.
The Caribbean Churches work together to heal the wounds in the body of Christ. Reconciliation demands repentance, reparation and the healing of memories. The whole Church is called to be both a sign and an active agent of this reconciliation.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January . However, some observe it from Sunday-Sunday or perhaps at Pentecost or some other time.
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