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The Ordination of a Woman

  How long is it since women were first able to be ordained to a preaching and sacramental ministry in the British Isles? On 17th September 1917, at a Congregational...

Encouragement

Who are the encouragers in your life?  Who are you encouraging? I’m writing this in the middle of the Believe in Barrow ‘Real Lives’ Mission event: https://www.believeinbarrow.com Many churches have...

Into Uncharted Territory

I’ve been thinking about canoes, mountains and Mission Communities. That might sound like an odd combination of things, but there is a link: an expedition commissioned by US President Thomas...

Everybody needs a friend!

  In our recent training day for curates we were encouraged by Colin Ashurst to consider the value of CCFs – ‘constructive coaching friends’. Each Mission Community as it is set...

“Vocation” from talks by Richard Pratt on BBC Cumbria

[audio mp3="https://www.cumbriachristianlearning.org.uk/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/RichardPratt-BBC-recording.mp3"][/audio]   At this time of year, in cathedrals across the country, women and men are being ordained deacon and priest.  So it seems appropriate to think about vocation...

Transformational Learning

What was the last thing that you learnt and how did you learn it? And, perhaps more importantly, how did it impact your life? Learning isn’t something that stops when...

Treasure Old and New

A good joke is a wonderful thing. Humour binds people together and builds community – the sense of connection you get with someone when you’ve shared a joke is a...

Reflections on an ordination weekend

Good food and a friendly chat make a service really work.  And so it was at both of the ordination services last weekend. The cathedral introduced refreshments before the service...