Out with the App, in with the red book!

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I use my phone for FB live worship, which has forced me to revert to the CW red book, which gives me at least two things to enjoy about livestream worship. It’s good to see familiar and new faces and on the days I’m still in my PJs to have MP read to me is a rare treat. An MBTI extrovert, living on my own – I have enjoyed lockdown more than I expected. We’re all in the same boat now! Secondly, from an evangelical tradition, where we don’t follow more than the very basic…

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It’s sometimes said that a family that prayers together stays together….

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St. Augustine’s isn’t merely a place of theological education and learning; learning is set within a community of Christian formation in which students and staff are formed also through prayer and worship, which are essential dimensions of college life alongside theological education. It is no accident that the college is physically rooted within the grounds of a Benedictine abbey – a community whose very work is prayer. The college has been making use of technology in its teaching for some time. Teaching sessions have been streamed live and then recorded and put on the college…

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Week 2: Turn Lockdown into a Retreat (available 26th April)

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Connecting with God and one another in a time of disconnection. This week Gemma Simmonds will explore how we might begin to add meaning to troubled times, helped by the writings of Julian of Norwich.   Gemma is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus and a senior lecturer in pastoral theology based at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge where she is director of the Religious Life Institute. Register here for the 6 week on-line retreat.

Staying with it… by Chris Chapman

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Staying with it: by Chris Chapman, Tutor in Christian Spirituality Watching dramas and documentaries on the television I find myself thinking ‘you’re standing too close to each other’. In a short period of time we have begun to consider social distancing normal if not comfortable. Seeing someone coming as we walk along, we move to the other side of the street. We allow more time to do our shopping, knowing we will need to wait in a queue before we even begin. There are other areas of life where what was once strange has become…

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A Monastic Lent – For Everyone?

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There may be some outside our walls who imagine that we waft around on a cloud of prayer all day and do little else, but those who know us better will be aware that life ‘inside’ can be fairly rigorous and certainly relentless. I can remember in my very early years here going to the Abbess before one Lent and saying, “I’m not sure what else there is to ‘give up’”! That’s how it felt then and was an expression of my inexperienced understanding of what Lent was all about. To regard Lent as primarily…

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Reflections on Lent

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This Lent we’ve asked a number of busy friends to reveal their thoughts and feelings about Lent, and reflect on their efforts to keep a ‘godly season of penitence and preparation.’ Our first contributor is James Hollingsworth, who has found a rather carnivorous way through the process. https://staugustinescollege.ac.uk/meditations-for-lent/

Advent Meditations

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Under ‘Etcetera’ on the main menu above, you’ll find a series of reflections for the Sundays of Advent. Each week, during this first season of the year, one of the St. Augustine’s staff shall post a meditation on the Old Testament lesson for the day. We’ve chosen the Old Testament reading, not only because this is generally the reading least preached on, but also because Advent encourages us to reflect on the entire ‘narrative arc’ of God’s ways and works, from his promises to Israel, through the birth of Jesus, to fulfilment in the “new…

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