Celebration of Desmond Tutu

A celebration of the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. All are welcome to come along for this celebration, at which John Bell will lead singing and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Lord Jim Wallace, will speak, with involvement from representatives of different faiths and denominations. A workshop prior to the event led by

Good Reason to Sing

A celebration of the Church's song in anticipation of congregations being able to sing freely and unmasked with John Bell of The Iona Community. This will involve a some historical/hysterical perspectives on the various traditions of singing, and a sampling of the great varieties of song from home and abroad intended for all of God's

Revisiting the Psalms

Familiarity may not have bred contempt, but it might have bred low expectation or presumption when it comes to the psalms. For many worshippers they are most commonly experienced as the obligatory interlude, spoken or sung, between readings from the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament Letters. For the less liturgically inclined, a narrow selection

Believing Outside the Box

The last thirty years have confronted us with changed perceptions regarding women, race, ecology, national identity, global connectivity, rogue states. All of these have been the stuff of conversation, but often the churches have lacked a vocabulary with which to engage the faith it professes with the realities that surround us. This workshop, led by

The Celtic Tradition

At one time all of Britain benefitted from the Celtic expression of faith. In 664, the Synod of Whitby began to bring Britain into better conformity with the Rome-centred church life. In more recent years, there has been resurgence of interest in Celtic Spirituality regarding its affection for pilgrimage, its appreciation of the natural order,

Small Faithful Rural Conference

Small Faithful Rural: Authentic Rural Church is an opportunity to share in conversation and workshops focusing on the realities of church contexts that are small, faithful, and rural, organised by a representatives of the Church of England Dioceses of Carlisle, Durham, Newcastle, and Edinburgh. The conference will feature keynote inputs from John Bell and Bishop Helen-Ann

The Women Whom Men Forgot

The great biblical heroes with whom most people are familiar have names like Jacob, Moses, David, Gideon, Samson, Peter, Paul. Curiously not many women appear in the line-up of biblical greats. But they are there, even if their witness does not feature in Sunday morning readings. The hope is that in this retreat we will

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