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25th September 2019
10.00am—3.30pm
Reflections on Faith and Ministry in Chaotic Times
David Runcorn
Ludlow Mascall Centre

David Runcorn

Christian discipleship is never lived out in ideal circumstances. We are always doing faith in the midst of questions, challenges and uncertainties.

And in the bible that is where God is found too - not in some peaceful resolution beyond it all.The book of Job is one such place. God speaks out of the whirlwind and storms. Job’s story is not to explain evil or suffering.It is about doing faith in challenging and painful times.And if ‘Faith’ there is painful it is also surprisingly exhilarating and ‘wild’.The day will offer an exploration and discussion of these ancient, and ever relevant, themes.

David calls himself a free-range priest.He has worked as a parish priest, theological college lecturer, Diocesan Director of Ministry and Warden of Readers.He is the author of a number of books - most recently The Language of Tears.He is a popular speaker and retreat leader. David lives in Devon.

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6th November 2019  (Joint with IME2)
10.00am—3.30pm
Nick King SJ
Ludlow Mascall Centre

Nick King sj

In the coming year, starting at the end of November, it will be mainly Matthew’s gospel that we shall be asked to preach. Many people get into a panic when they see how it starts. (“In the Beginning was the Begat”, as James Joyce remarked.) But there is an extraordinary richness in this remarkable text, and we shall in the course of this day investigate some of that wealth. Among other things we shall look at Matthew’s Jewishness, something of his autobiography, and what he thought he could say about Jesus. We shall also consider a telephone conversation that might have taken place between Matthew and Mark, to try and grasp what he thought he was doing in the gospel. If there is time, we might look at the shape of perhaps his greatest gift to us, the “Sermon on the Mount”.

Nicholas King is a Jesuit priest who is currently Assistant Catholic Chaplain at the University of Oxford. He has been a teacher all his Jesuit life, mainly New Testament and New Testament Greek. He has authored a good many small volumes and translated the entire Greek Bible (Kevin Mayhew 2013). Before returning to teach at Oxford, he spent many years teaching and doing educational administration in South Africa, at the most interesting period of that country’s history.

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3rd March 2020
10.0am—3.30pm
Helen Bent
Ludlow Mascall Centre

Helen Bent

Tragedy and loss, whether sudden or expected, is what happens to other people.For some reason we never expect it to happen to us.What happens in the face of unexpected tragedy or a problem in society?How do we find God in the face of terminal illness and death?What is apt worship for people at points of crisis and through the long path of ongoing grief and sorrow?


The day will explore how to hold people secure within worship, using the psalms, encouragement from suffering song writers, sensitive worship season by season, and going beyond words.This training event is particularly appropriate for worship leaders, lay and ordained, and pastoral workers.

Helen Bent is Headof Ministerial Training for the Royal School of Church Music in partnership with Praxis, and SSM Associate Priest in the Walgrave Benefice in Peterborough Diocese.She speaks from her experience of losing her daughter, Anna (aged 31) and how this affected her both as a worshipper and as a worship leader.She is a well-known author of training materials for worship leaders including Grove booklet W234 on Celebration in times of grief and sorrow published in 2018.

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29th April 2020 
10.00am—4.00pm 
Leading a Congregation through Tragedy and Beyond 
Carla Grosch-Miller 
Ludlow Mascall Centre

Carla Grosch-Miller

Our April Continuing Ministerial Development day puts the spotlight on one of the most difficult ministry situations: leading a congregation which has experienced a significant tragedy. Be it fire, flood, violence or sexual misconduct, traumatising events in congregations or their communities unmoor people and can dash them on the rocks of despair. We will learn about how trauma impacts the human body and the community, consider best practice pastoral and liturgical responses, learn the power and art of lamentation, and explore how the pieces are put back together.

We will be led by the Revd Dr Carla A. Grosch-Miller, who is part of the team that created www.tragedyandcongregations.org.uk. She is a contributor and co-editor of Tragedies and Christian Congregations: The Practical Theologies of Trauma (Routledge, November 2019). Her other areas of research and writing are sexuality and spirituality, and theo-poetics. She is the author of Psalms redux: poems and prayers (Canterbury Press, 2014).

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14th May 2020 
10.00am—3.30pm 
Exploring the Common Good 
Chrissie Pepler 
Ludlow Mascall Centre

Chrissie Pepler

Jesus’ kingdom ministry in the gospels is marked by a clarity, power and authenticity in sharp contrast to the dullness and conformity of the scribes and Pharisees and in contrast with the oppressive rule of Rome. It has a radical sense of inclusion and action about it, but one which involves change and transformation of ourselves. What does it mean to contribute to the common good in this radical way?
We plan to explore growing God’s kingdom and the role of doing and being ‘the common good’. What might that mean in practice today and what trends and changes are we seeing? It will involve a mixture of theory, stories and times for participants to share their stories and learning.

I have worked as Church and Society Link Officer in the Diocese of Hereford since March 2015. I am a social worker by profession also with training in agriculture. I have previously worked in the voluntary sector and for a Local Authority for 12 years, as well as roles combining agriculture with social work. I enjoy

bringing my varied years of experience to this role in supporting our parishes and communities, to build and further the common good.

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11th June 2020 
10.00am – 3.30pm 
Peter Shaw 
Ludlow Mascall Centre

Peter Shaw

The day will help you to reflect on the approach you bring to your leadership at demanding times. It will be an opportunity to reflect on the expectations on you and to think through your narrative as a leader going forward. We will look at themes form the recent book ‘The Mindful Leader: embodying Christian wisdom.’ Each participant will be given a copy of this book which will be a useful tool for further reflection.

Peter Shaw works as an executive coach with senior leaders and teams across 6 continents. He was formerly a Director General in the UK Government. He is a Visiting Professor of Leadership Development at 5 UK Universities as well as in Canada and Australia. He has written 27 books on aspects of Leadership. He is a Lay Canon at Guildford Cathedral and is a Reader in the Guildford Diocese. He teaches at Regent College Vancouver and the Vancouver School of Theology.