No Planet B… Acting out Faith in the World

An ecumenical day for all those concerned that there is no planet B, and interested in how we can act out faith to protect the world we already have.

Featuring speakers & workshops on:

  • Connecting us with the World
  • Practical action we can take together as Churches
  • What we can do as Individuals in our Communities

plus an exploration of plant based diets, with a vegan lunch provided.

All welcome, whether you are beginning your environmental faith journey; are committed but feel like you are isolated in your church; or are already part of an active congregation.

Please bring a donation on the day if you are able. If we receive an average of £15 per person this will help cover your food food, refreshments and speaker expenses – any donation you can afford is gratefully received.Central England Quakers as hosts are providing the conference rooms and facilities. 

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Taste and See: Costly love

Living Eucharist

Blest be God the Father,
and the Only Begotten Son of God,
and also the Holy Spirit,
for he has shown us his merciful love.

Entrance Antiphon for Trinity Sunday

Trinity is made known to us in the active love of God for us. God active in creation, in sustaining creation, and in bringing creation to completion and fulfilment.

The holiness of God is manifest in his goodness, mercy, and active care.

All we need do, now, is cooperate and play our part…

Throne of Grace. Hermitage, St Petersburg. Photograph (c) 2015, Allen Morris.

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Work and make a difference

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CAFOD is looking for a new staff member to work with volunteers in our parishes and schools around the Archdiocese. The role is based in Walsall but with flexibility. The role is full time, permanent and a great opportunity for someone who cares passionately about poverty and injustice.

Please see cafod.org.uk/jobs for details.

The closing date is 1 July.

Taste and See: Three and One

Living Eucharist

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me, since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said: “All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.”’

The feast of the Trinity reminds us each year both that God is a wonder and transcendent, and that talking about God – in God’s unity and tri-unity – is a problem.

  • What does the threeness of God add to your appreciation of God?
  • What does the…

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Choose humility

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Pope Francis recently commended to the Nuncios (the diplomats who represent the Holy See across the world) the ‘Litany of Humility’ composed by Cardinal Rafael Merry dal Val, a former Secretary of State under St Pius X.

It is a prayer that commends itself to us all!

Lord Jesus. Meek and humble of heart, hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honoured, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, deliver me, Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

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Speak Lord: In all and to all

Living Eucharist

The Wisdom of God cries aloud:
‘The Lord created me when his purpose first unfolded,
before the oldest of his works.
From everlasting I was firmly set,
from the beginning, before earth came into being.
The deep was not, when I was born,
there were no springs to gush with water.
Before the mountains were settled,
before the hills, I came to birth;
before he made the earth, the countryside,
or the first grains of the world’s dust.
When he fixed the heavens firm, I was there,
when he drew a ring on the surface of the deep,
when he thickened the clouds above,
when he fixed fast the springs of the deep,
when he assigned the sea its boundaries
– and the waters will not invade the shore –
when he laid down the foundations of the earth,
I was by his side, a master craftsman,
delighting him day…

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Speak Lord: The wonder of it…

Living Eucharist

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what is man that you should keep him in mind,
mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god;
with glory and honour you crowned him,
gave him power over the works of your hand,
put all things under his feet.

All of them, sheep and cattle,
yes, even the savage beasts,
birds of the air, and fish
that make their way through the waters.

Psalm for Trinity Sunday
Psalm 8:4-9

The Creator God has care for human beings: even – in the Incarnation – choosing to share in our experience of life and death.

Contemplating this extraordinary truth helps awaken us to the glory of God and the potential that is in us to also live and share that glory…

Stained Glass, St-Germain-des-pres…

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