Sponsored Summer Pilgrimage – 5 September 2020

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The French novelist Stendhal suggested that human intelligence dropped by a quarter as soon as one set foot in England. A foul and outrageous falsehood, of course, but he followed this remark but admitting, no doubt grudgingly, that “nothing in the world is as beautiful, as fine, as moving as the English countryside.” Clods we may be, but clods who stroll through green, rolling luxuriance, tinted with primrose and iris, anemone and stinking hellebore, fussed about with butterflies. In spite of French opinion, this summer the truly intelligent will join St Augustine’s for our ‘Butterflies…

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New on-line audio course – Windows of Hope

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15.13 Is hope a way of escaping reality, or a way of facing it creatively? Is hope a feeling, or an activity? How are we invited to cooperate with the God of hope in the remaking of our society and the reshaping of our lives? St. Augustine’s College of Theology is offering three perspectives on hope led by Chris Chapman, Eddie Howells and Gemma Simmonds Each…

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Meet the Chair of Trustees (and alumni): Jonathan

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The Revd Jonathan Croucher is Vicar at Christ Church Gipsy Hill in London, and Area Dean of Lambeth South in the Diocese of Southwark. He has been on the Board of Trustees for St Augustine’s College of Theology since 2013, and is the current Chair. We talked to him about his role. My career began in the law, and I became partner specialising in employment law in the City law firm which I joined after graduating from University. I’d been exploring my call to ordained ministry since I was 18, though, and in 2000 went…

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Meet the alumna: Folake

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Folake is a former student at St Augustine’s, and was ordained in 2018. We asked her to tell us a bit about her journey towards ordination, and how studying at St Augustine’s helped to prepare her for her current role. My journey through discernment I had been involved in prayer ministry since I was 15 years old, and really wanted to do something with that. When I began to worship at the Rochester Cathedral in 2008, I noticed this area of need there. When I took the idea to the Rev. Canon Jean Kerr, she…

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Virtual Admissions Meeting

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On Tuesday, 7 July at 4pm we are holding an online zoom admissions meeting.   As part of this virtual open meeting, you will hear from the Principal, Director of Studies, Lay Tutor and the Writing and Singing Tutor.  This is a great way for us to get to know you but also for you to ask questions about us and the course.   Please email r.young@staugustinescollege.ac.uk to book your place.

Meet the Trustee: Andrew

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Andrew Strawson is a retired Health and Safety professional, who has been on the on the Board of Trustees for St Augustine’s College of Theology since 2013 as Company Secretary. We talked to him about his background and his role as trustee. I’ve been married for 40 years, with two sons and two grandchildren, and my wife and I relocated from London to Gloucestershire last year to be near our older son and his family. Before I retired, I spent 35 years working in health and safety, much of that as an inspector for the…

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Meet the alumna: Daphne

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Daphne Clifton is an Executive Coach, Associate Speaker for the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and former student of St Augustine’s, ordained in 2017. She has been on the Board of Trustees for St Augustine’s College of Theology since 2019, and we talked to her about her role. I’m an Executive Coach, with over 25 years’ experience in media, sales and marketing. I bring that experience to many high achievers in the private and public sector clients to help them reach, and exceed, their goals. I love coaching, and I like to say that I…

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Meet the alumna: Sarah

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Sarah is a former student at St Augustine’s, and was ordained as a Lutheran minister in 2016. We asked her to tell us a bit about her experience as a Lutheran student at St Augustine’s, and how it helped to prepare her for her current role. Why did you choose St Augustine’s? I’m a life-long Lutheran; my father was a minister in the Lutheran Church in the US. There are no Lutheran seminaries here in the UK, so when my church here called me to discernment I could choose any college I liked. I knew…

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Meet the Trustee: Rebecca

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The Revd Canon Rebecca Swyer is Director for Apostolic Life in the Diocese of Chichester. She has been on the Board of Trustees for St Augustine’s College of Theology, since 2010. We talked to her about her role. I was ordained in 1991, and am a Deacon. Some of my work has been in a Parish, but I’ve also spent a lot of my working life in education, including working in a university before taking up a post initially as Ministry Development Officer in the Diocese of Chichester, but now as Director for Apostolic Life.…

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Meet the Trustee: John

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The Revd John Irwin is a former student of St Augustine’s, ordained Deacon in 2019. He joined us as Trustee and Treasurer in 2019, and we asked him to tell us a bit about himself. I was ordained Deacon in 2019 after studying at St Augustine’s, and I am currently Assistant Curate at St Michael and All Angels London Fields. I am self-supporting but, like most curates, I lead and assist with services, share responsibility for pastoral care, work with our youth and children’s team and help the vicar with the responsibilities of parish management.…

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