Thanks to Jenny Gage for these notes from a meeting of unpaid clergy in East Anglia held on 3 December 2016. Priests from Ely, Norwich, St Albans, St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and London attended. Click here to open (PDF)
Captain Mainwaring might complain that all SSM clergy do is whine. It may sound like that, but really there is a more important message for the church about the care of its many ordained sons and daughters who are not on the payroll. Follow 'read more' for an interesting article from good old Church Times, 15 May 2015
The ABC of MSE: Assuring/Blessing/Celebrating
CHRISM Summer Conference, High Leigh, Hertfordshire 24th-26th July 2015
Guest speaker Richard Collins, DDO, Durham
The event will explore what it is to be an MSE. How we assure people we work with. How God is in our work, blessing it. How we celebrate the presence of God in our workplace and the human community there. See the flyer for more.
from Phil Aspinall of CHRISM:
The 2015 conference of the European Worker Priests will take place over the Pentecost weekend, 22–25 May 2015. This year our hosts will be the Catalans and the venue the Residence Martí Codolar in Barcelona http://www.marti-codolar.net
As well as the usual intense and deep discussion on the theme, the weekend will include visits and several suggestions have been put forward by the Catalans, including: a Jesuit centre studying and supporting immigrants and refugees; a co-operative providing work and training people in the recycling industry; an initiative bringing together 32 organisations countering the problems of immigration; Religious working in the poor areas close to the centre of Barcelona; a guided tour of the church of the Sagrada Famiglia by Gaudi.
Based on the propositions made at the conclusion of last year’s conference in Turin, and after many email exchanges, we selected a theme based on a quotation from Pope Francis in The Joy of the Gospel:
It kills, this Economy
The economic system which now dominates creates destructive consequences in many areas of human life. We would consider three aspects of them:
1. These economics have created new types of relations in business and in society: Unemployment and Precariousness are key words.
We are asked, as usual, to prepare a two-page paper with our responses to the questions. So even if you cannot attend, we would welcome any thoughts or comments you may have on this theme. Please send these to me by 14th March 2015 - and please remember that we have to write the paper in French, so please keep contributions short and in simple English.
But we do hope you will want to come and join us! It is always an opportunity to expand our horizons, meet old and new friends, and to be challenged. And, of course, to spend some time in Barcelona. Contact Phil.
Thank you to Margaret Yates of Oxford diocese for alerting me to this event. According to the Eventbrite booking page -
To affirm the ministry of SSM across the Church of England
To resource conversations and development of SSM for the next 5 years
To reflect on recent research on SSM ministry, surfacing implications, expectations and challenges for the future, building on learning from the 2013 SSM consultation
Insights raised by the Experiences of Ministry Survey
Reflection on diocesan research
Presentations and provocation
Insights gained through the ‘Transformation Research Implementation Group’ work since 2013.
Support and challenge SSM’s and their diocese
Equip SSM representatives to further ministerial development within their diocese
Equip Ministry Division in their ongoing task of reimagining and resourcing developing ministries.
News just out from Neil Evans, Director of Ministry, that London Diocese is arranging several events for licensed SSM and MSEs to meet for support, training and development. The first is billed as 'dinner and conversation' to be held at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine (www.rfsk.org.uk) Wednesday 22nd April 2015 6:30pm – 9:00pm. To attend contact Judy Barrett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The notice says "we have tentatively identified two further occasions we might offer during this year: Sunday 19th July 2015 as an ‘Oasis Day’ and Tuesday 15th September for another evening meeting."
Something of a hoo-ha has broken out following following The Green Report. It deals with future leaders of the Church of England and contains proposals for an MBA style course for those identified as being high fliers. Many people dislike the report for reasons as varied as its lack of theological thought, its excess of corporate cliche and that it was written by an obscure unaccountable group. See here for a flavour of the reactions. What may be of interest to visitors to this site is that the report gives no attention to the extensive experience amongst MSEs of managementment, leadership and accountability in the so-called secular world. Such experience continues to be below the church-as-institution's radar yet may be thought a source of possibly useful insight. One must be careful here, because the lead author - The Revd Lord Stephen Green - is himself an MSE, of sorts: former big cheese at HSBC and ex-Trade Minister, enobled for the purpose.
The informal, un-scientific survey of material about NSMery, SSMs and MSE-ery on Church of England websites is now concluded. More
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