Category: Musings

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...

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...

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...

Personality and Spiritual Growth

For this blog post, we welcome Fran Parkinson, who is an Ordinand in her first year of training with Cumbria Christian Learning. One of the modules Fran has been studying...

Reflecting on Mission Communities

Carlisle Diocese’s curates gathered together for a study day last week. We usually come together for two study days and one residential weekend each semester. The module we are working...