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Making a Difference

DifferenceWe are delighted to welcome Rt Revd Bishop Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, to Sherborne to close our lecture series on the Environment and Poverty.

Since 2014 +Nicholas has been the Church of England spokesman for the environment. On his appointment Bishop Nicholas said:

“There is an urgency about environmental issues. They press hard on all of us, but the poorest of the earth are the most vulnerable. Faith communities are taking this seriously.
“Christianity is about our turning to a way which is life-giving. The environmental challenges facing us can seem insurmountable, but our deepest resources can renew the hope that we will act to sustain and renew the life of the earth. My hope as I take on this new role is that
this work will energise the Church of England and everyone who cares for creation.”

We look forward to hearing how he thinks we can make a difference.


European God, African World

George Otieno

AfricaThe Revd George Otieno is an Anglican priest from Tanzania. He has spent much time considering the outcome of Christianity for African ecology and is in the UK at present writing a PhD on the subject.

He suggests that the Western European understanding of the Christian gospel is not always in harmony with the way Africans think of and relate to the world around them. In this talk he will show us something of how the world seems to the
African Christian whose life is focussed very strongly around community and family. The sense of interdependence this brings is, he argues, something we in the UK need to recover.


My sister’s keeper?

Loretta Minghella OBE

SisterLoretta is the CEO of Christian Aid and leads Christian Aid’s involvement in Aprodev (a group of 17 European church-related development agencies) and as a member of the British Overseas Aid Group (BOAG) and the Disasters Emergency Committee.

In a sermon in Winchester Cathedral in 2012 she said, “My job involves travelling round the world to see our work to tackle poverty in more than 40 countries to ensure that I never lose the sense of the full scandal of poverty close up”.
There are few better placed to remind us of our responsibilities towards the poorest in our world, we look forward to welcoming her to Sherborne.


A place to live and the means to prosper

Prof Tim Gorringe

PlaceToLiveWe hear much of the environment in our news. Whether climate change, dwindling oil supplies or spectacular weather events the way we interact with our world has never been more urgent. We are prone to considering our environment as something different from ourselves, something we consume.

In this talk Prof Tim Gorringe, well known as a champion of the Transition Town initiative, invites us to take another look at the world we live in. Recognising our dependency on our
environment is the first step towards improving it not just for ourselves but for those who must deal with the consequences of our environmental decisions.

About Tim Gorringe.

Following a fascinating lecture Tim Gorringe has very kindly sent a list of books for those who want to explore these issues further:

Wendell Berry What are people for? (San Francisco North Point 1990)
Wendell Berry What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth (Berkeley: Counterpoint 2010)
Colin Tudge Good Food For Everyone For Ever(Pari 2011)
Herman Daly & John Cobb For the Common Good (Totnes: Green Books)
Andrew Simms Cancel the Apocalypse(London: Little,Brown) 2013
James Hansen Storms of my Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity (London:Bloomsbury 2009)
Christopher Alexander The Timeless Way of Bulding(Oxford)
Christopher Alexander The Pattern Language(Oxford) These two books are expensive to buy: you will need to get them from a library.
There is a good edition of Aristotle’s Politics in Penguin Classics

The best accounts of Hellenistic ethics are:
Martha Nussbaum The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics (Princeton: Princeton University Press 1994)
Julia Annas The Morality of Happiness (Oxford: OUP 1993)
The quote about hope was from Jürgen Moltmann, God in Creation (London:SCM 1984)



Summer Insight 2015

Poverty & Environment

We are used to hearing reports about the environment, local and global, and we are also accustomed to hearing about poverty. In the 21st century the poor, it seems, are always with us but perhaps we do not always stop to consider whether there might be a connection between these two.

Images such as these are commonplace on our televisions and in our newspapers but is it possible that the way we think of and treat our own environment contributes towards global poverty?

Over the summer of 2015 we welcome four speakers to Sherborne all of whom believe passionately that there are indeed connexions to be made between poverty and environment.

Prof Tim Gorringe
is St Luke’s Professor of Theology at the University of Exeter and well known as a speaker at Greenbelt. He is a champion of the Transition Town movement in the UK. A place to live and the means to prosper 11th May 2015.

Loretta Minghela OBE
is the CEO of Christian Aid. Her work takes her all over the world and she sees at first hand the outcomes of how we in the West treat the world around us. My sister’s keeper? 1st June 2015.

George Otieno is an Anglican priest in Tanzania. He teaches theology at St John’s University in Dodoma and has some challenging questions for Western Christianity. European God, African World 8th June 2015.

Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, is not only our diocesan bishop but the Church of England’s spokesman for environmental issues.
He is in no doubt of the links between environment and poverty, both locally and globally. Making a Difference 6th July 2015.

A series ticket to all four lectures is available @ £16.




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Lectures and Study Days

Our programme of informative and thought provoking lectures, study days and summer schools offers the chance to hear from experts in many fields.

Recent lecturers include Frank Field MP, Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Kate Adie OBE and Nick Spencer of the Theos think tank. In 2014 we covered topics as diverse as Woodbine Willie, John Duns Scotus and Faith & Politics.

For Summer 2015 we shall be looking at Faith, Environment & Poverty with Study Days on Faith in the Public Square and reading the book of Revelation.


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Hilfield Friary

We are delighted to announce a new partnership for the Insight Programme with our friends of the Society of Saint Francis (SSF) at Hilfield Friary.

Most residential courses are held at the Friary which is just to the south of Sherborne.

Hilfield Friary is set on the edge of the Dorset Downs with magnificent views across the Blackmore Vale – rural England at its greenest, the countryside of Thomas Hardy’s novels. There have been Franciscan brothers living here in a collection of what were once farm buildings since 1921, providing refuge for the homeless, the experience of community, and a place for prayer, reflection and renewal. Today at Hilfield there is a particular emphasis on living and promoting the Franciscan values of care for creation, working for peace and justice, and seeking respectful dialogue with people of other faiths.

Please check event postings for details of accommodation and how to get there.

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