Paul and St Agatha's, Woldingham, in Caterham Deanery, Maureen (right) is
married with two adult children. She trained as a SPA 20 years ago and is
currently training as a Reader.
writes: "It is a joy and a privilege to be back serving the Mothers' Union in
Southwark Diocese. I joined in 1972 and was involved until 6 years' ago. In
1995 I became a Trustee of the World-Wide MU and was part of the team that set
our new structures into motion.
particular responsibility has been the global Prayer and Spirituality policy.
Last year for the Millennium we produced the 'New Life Within Us' service for
Lady Day, used by members in more than fifty countries.
year we celebrate 125 years since Mary Sumner founded the organisation. It is a
special time for us as a 'union' and our members 'united' together are a
powerful pro-active lobby for making change where it matters. Our participation
in the Jubilee 2000 campaign proves we can influence change. Current projects
for developing literacy programmes in Africa and our Parenting 2000 course show
we have our feet firmly on the ground in today's issues.
meeting together in our local groups for prayer and fellowship we can
strengthen each other in our commitment to 'the advancement of the Christian
religion in the sphere of marriage and family life'. The same aim as 125 years'
ago but still absolutely relevant today!"
Rosemary Kempsell, (right) MU Diocesan President for the past
three years has moved to Mary Sumner House as Co-ordinator for the Action &
Outreach team for the MU Worldwide and a member of the Main Trustee Board.
"My wish is that the MU becomes a positive reality for families worldwide. The
Action & Outreach team is responsible for co-ordinating the practical
aspects of project work, involving women and men working in their own
communities, from Birmingham to Zambia.
"Projects range from small scale farming projects to provide food for
the family in Uganda to a network of family support groups in prisons around
the UK. Who wouldn't be excited to be a part of this and especially as this
year MU will be 125 years old!
also thrilled to be a Central Trustee of the Mothers' Union when for the first
time there will be representatives from MU groups from around the world giving
the organisation a truly worldwide perspective. Our aim and mission never
changes but the way we work does and this is vital if we are to remain in touch
and effective in our outreach. We have to be relevant to today!'"
If you would like to know more about the work of MU, contact
the MU Office at Trinity House, Tel 020 7403 5321
or visit the Southwark
Bishop Peter's booklet is best seller - in IRAQ!
Bishop Peter Price visited Iraq. Later that year a representative of one of the
Christian groups he met visited him at home.
the conversation he asked whether the Bishop had any simple resources to offer
him for Iraqi Christians.
Peter takes up the story...
him a copy of my New Way booklet on Mark's Gospel - 'Mark 2000'. A few days
later he called me to ask a favour. Would I allow him to translate it into
Arabic for use in Iraq? I agreed.
before Christmas, I received copies of my booklet translated, and printed in
Jordan. A simple note came with it - ' Now being used by Chaldean Christians
delighted of course. Then in the New Year I had a call from Canon Andrew White
of Coventry Cathedral who had visited Iraq recently and told me 'It's a best
seller. Thousands of copies have been printed and are being used by Christian
groups throughout the country.' Of course I am enormously thrilled by this".
publishers are to send this year's New Way publication - The Jesus Manifesto -
on Luke's Gospel for similar treatment!
of Jesus Manifesto vols. 1&2 can be obtained from Kingston Area Office
priced £2.20 each!
A day to celebrate Southwark's pastoral wealth
"Celebrating Pastoral Care and Counselling in the Diocese of Southwark"
promises to be a bit special.
celebrates the enormous wealth of initiatives and activities, small moments and
large, that represent the outworking of loving care that goes on between
Christians themselves, and which Christians offer to others.
3 March at St. Barnabas Church, Clapham
Common, North Side, SW11, (9.30 - 4.30)
will be a day to gather together and celebrate just some of the pastoral wealth
of the Diocese.
morning will be spent updating skills and ideas. Workshops include story
telling in pastoral care; managing stress; bereavement care; care of the dying;
the pastoral care of minority ethnic people; preparing couples for marriage
after divorce; current ideas in couples' work; the interface of psychotherapy
and spirituality; the revival and future of spiritual direction; developing
prayer ministry in the local Church; working with sex offenders; exploring some
of the keys to unlock our unconscious; and many more.
will be market stalls for parishes to show what they are doing, beginning or
trying to do, in their care and outreach to others. The day will also enable
participants to consider how and from where they gain support for the demanding
work of pastoral care.
organiser, the Rev. Dr Sue Walrond-Skinner, Adviser in Pastoral Care and
Counselling said "Our hope is that the day will be above all a joyous occasion
- a day to remember the past, affirm the present and plan and look forward to
the programme has been planned as a whole, you will get most out of it by being
there for the entire day. There will be a bring and share lunch and everyone is
welcome. So please do come, and let us celebrate, share, learn and plan
AffCath in Southwark
Tom Sutcliffe writes:
Southwark Affirming Catholicism has an extended series of six
talks in 2001 around the diocese, as well as a Pilgrimage to Rome with 42
people in Easter week.
opening talk of the year is on Saturday 17 February at Croydon Parish
The speaker is Dom Aidan Bellenger from Downside Abbey. His talk is entitled:
Rules and relevance in an impatient world - focussing on the future of
monasticism. This is the first time the group has devoted attention to a
crucial area of Christian witness.
Aidan is one of the most academically distinguished monks at Downside, the
Roman Catholic Benedictine abbey in Somerset near Shepton Mallet, which was
founded by monks from Douai in Flanders in 1814. He is a historian of the
Benedictine order with a number of current book projects and publications to
his name. He is a well-known Roman Catholic lecturer - serving on many
committees as well as pursuing his research projects. He did a stint as
headmaster of Downside School and also has looked after one of the Abbey's
daughter parishes in Little Malvern. He is very friendly, with a highly
(at 10.30am for 10.45) will as usual be followed by a mass and then a shared
lunch. Before the lunch, as a bonus, there will be a chance to look round the
medieval hall and chapel at the Old Palace next to Croydon Parish Church which
is where some of the Prayer Book was written by Cranmer.
following meeting on Saturday 17 March at St Leonard's, Tooting Bec Gardens,
Streatham will follow the same pattern. The Revd Sue Walrond-Skinner will
discuss: Altering prejudice and pastoral confidence, looking at the issues
surrounding the management and support of our clergy, especially in relation to
current moral and ethical controversies affecting the Church.
programme has two talks by religious, and half of the speakers this year are
women. Another talk by a religious is Sister Carol's on 27 October at
the Divine, Goose Green, entitled A sense of the sacred - spirituality and
society. Sister Carol is from the Community of the Holy Name. The talk at
Southwark Cathedral on 21 November at 7.30pm is by the broadcaster Joan
Bakewell, on 'The image and the message - how today's world sees and reads the
more details contact Rev. Lisa Wright on 020 8671 8037, or me, 020 8677 5849 or
FiF focus for 2001
Reflection on issues of spirituality and teaching will be the
focus of Forward in Faith, Southwark, activities in 2001.
Barnes, (right) Lay Chair, said that a working party had been established to
produce teaching documents on social issues crucial to the proclamation of the
working group has already published two detailed documents of biblical texts
and commentary on marriage after divorce together with a pamphlet on
Euthanasia" Mr Barnes said. "These publications are a genuine attempt by
traditionalists to contribute in a constructive way to debate within the
diocese and wider church".
are available from Canon Nicholas Turner of St Saviour's, Raynes Park (020 8542
2787) or Fr Martin Hislop, St Luke's, Kingston (020 8546 4064).
information about Forward in Faith is available from Barry (020 8686 5179) or
Fr Andrew Stevens, the Clerical Chair (020 8854 0461).
USPG celebrates three centuries of mission
USPG, the Anglican mission agency celebrates its Tercentenary
this year. Richard Sewell writes:
in 1701 by Thomas Bray, the society has been establishing and supporting
churches and equipping them for mission for 300 years.
USPG Society is active in over 50 countries on every continent supporting
evangelism, training, education and health programmes by sending missionaries
and making grants. USPG is entirely supported by parish and individual giving
in the UK and Ireland.
the year there will be events all over the country to mark this significant
date including a pilgrimage from Birmingham to London in June culminating in an
international service in St. Paul's Cathedral on June 15.
special exhibition called Mission Explorer has been designed to help people to
experience the contemporary work of a mission agency. The CD-Rom exhibition
will virtually give people the opportunity to fly around the world, visiting
different countries, learning about other cultures, meeting missionaries and
seeing what God is doing today. It will be on display in Southwark Cathedral,
September 14 - 21 providing individuals and groups with the opportunity to
experience this state-of-the-art presentation.
Connections between the society and the diocese are very strong -
USPG's HQ is in Waterloo, the General Secretary, Mano Rumalshah is an assistant
Bishop in the diocese and his predecessor, Peter Price, is now Bishop of
information contact Richard Sewell USPG Mission Adviser Tel: 020 8648 5378
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the website www.uspg.org.uk