Not just in the Playground: a Workshop on Bullying

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Bullying is an area readily identified with playground behaviour in childhood.  This workshop aims to bring insights from this area to the church context. It will explore definitions of bullying and how to raise awareness in ministry teams, PCC’s and deanery synods.  Led by Revd Dr Lorraine Turner, Vicar of St Mary’s Platt.  For further details please see https://staugustinescollege.ac.uk/st-augustines-centre-spirituality-mission/

Preaching for the Occasional Preacher…. new workshop

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Join us at Malling Abbey for a one-day introduction to preaching.  This is suitable for youth minsters, worship leaders, representatives of charities, missionaries, and all others invited as occasional preachers in church.  This workshop will be leady by Revd Ellen Eames, chaplain at St Gabriel’s College.  For further details please see ttps://staugustinescollege.ac.uk/upcoming-workshops-at-st-augustines/

Upcoming workshops at St Augustine’s

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On 28th April (10-3:30pm) we are holding a series of workshops at our West Malling Centre:  Islam for the Anglicans (Rev Dr Stephen Laird); Theology for Everyone – on not leaving it to the Theologians! (Bishop Laurie Green); What does the Comic teach the Preacher? (Rev Ravi Holy); and Is your Love in Vain? Reading Ecclesiasates and the Song of Songs.  All welcome.  For further information and to register please see here ‘Workshops’ A5 Flyer FINAL LR WEB

Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration of Awards

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Southwark Cathedral provided the delightful backdrop for St Augustine’s College of Theology’s Celebration of Awards. The service was attended by students, staff, friends and relations and those who received recognition of their awards included lay readers and independent students, as well as those from IME Phase I and Phase II. In his sermon, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark Cathedral, contrasted the useless ephemera that often pass for gifts at Christmas (“Bath salts and inexpensive scent / And hideous tie so kindly meant,” John Betjeman) with the enduring gifts through which God makes…

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Püha, Püha, Püha! Guido de Graaff about his recent trip to Estonia

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At the point of writing this piece, I have just returned from a brief visit to Tallinn. I joined a small delegation from the Rochester Diocese, attending the annual clergy conference of the Estonian Lutheran Church (EELK). Many of such visits have been made over the years, in both directions, as part of a thriving link between the EELK and the Diocese of Rochester. Archbishop Urmas of Tallinn visited the Diocese last year, for example, and shortly after that Bishop James of Rochester attended the celebrations in Estonia of 500 years of Reformation. I joined…

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A Funny Time of Year: More Seasonal Thoughts from Lindsay Llewellyn-Macduff

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Advent is a funny time of year, a time of contrasts that jar and vie for priority: Society at large turns its attention to more important things of life (friends, family, identity, and often some sense of spirituality) whilst at the same time spinning on the frantic axle of sales, keeping up with the Joneses, tatt and the grinding encounter of the generous impulse with budgetary necessity. Most of the world celebrates family and friends, while the lonely and the bereaved feel the weight of sorrow doubled. The Church begins her New Year and focuses…

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Are You Ready for Christmas? Some seasonal questions by Harvey Howlett

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A friend recently posted, complaining about the Band Aid song ‘Do they know its Christmas time at all?’ and how he had suddenly been stuck by the arrogance of the question “Do they know its Christmas?” for a song originally written to address a drought in Ethiopia, home of one of the Ancient Christian Churches. But, halfway through the season of Advent, and being asked for some thoughts about Advent, I began to wonder if it is perhaps the question we are more directly faced with here and now. Do we know its Christmas? Of…

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Sarah Mullally – St Augustine’s alumna has been nominated the next Bishop of London

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We are delighted that Sarah Mullally, the bishop of Credition, and St Augustine’s (SEITE) alumna has been nominated the 133rd Bishop of London. Sarah was ordained as a deacon in 2001 after theological training at the South East Institute of Theological Education. Before becoming a priest, Mullally worked as a nurse in NHS hospitals in the capital, including St Thomas’s and the Royal Marsden, and became chief nursing officer in 1999. She was ordained as a priest in 2001. In 2005, she was made a dame in recognition of her services to nursing. Mullally said: “It…

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Congratulations!

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We are delighted to announce that the Rev’d Dr Simon Stocks, our Tutor for Biblical Studies and Director of Reader Training, has achieved the laudable status of a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. This recognition follows assessment of his professional practice in higher education, and in particular of his support, management and mentoring of others in relation to teaching and learning. Simon’s status as Senior Fellow reflects his sustained effectiveness as a tutor throughout his seven years at the college. It also endorses the college’s alignment with the values of the HEA, including…

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New Workshop – Mark’s Gospel Message for Today (13 January 2018)

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Join us at Malling Abbey on Saturday, 13th January 2018 to look at Mark’s Gospel taking into account some of the outstanding British preachers and interpreters from the mid-20th Century.  Led by Rev. Dr. Stephen Laird (University of Kent and St Augustine’s college; Parish Priest).  Course fee £30 including refreshments. ‘Mark’s Gospel Message for Today’ Course WEB AW