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Living out the Beatitudes

The 2018 Sermon Series as part of Choral Evensong

6.15 pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month Parish Office: (0118) 979 2122

February the 18th: Alison Webster The Beatitudes and Being Well Our biblical vision is profoundly countercultural.
Alison will explore what health and wellbeing look like through the lens of the beatitudes, and how this vision differs profoundly from what our society would have us believe. Alison Webster is the Deputy Director of Mission (Social Responsibility) for the Diocese of Oxford. She is an author and has written on themes of identity, sexuality and wellbeing.

March the 18th: the Rev’d Dr Will Lamb The Beatitudes and the Mystery of Grace
Dr Will Lamb is the Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford (the University Church). He was previously the Vice-Principal at Westcott House, Cambridge, and served as a parish priest in Yorkshire for a number of years. He has also been a University Chaplain and Cathedral Canon. A New Testament scholar with a particular interest in the way scripture has animated theological debate through the centuries, he enjoys music, travel writing, trips to see family in France, and looking after a rather anarchic labrador.

May the 20th: the Rev’d Jen Brown The Beatitudes and Science
Jen is the tutor for the Cuddesdon School of Theology and Ministry and is Placements Tutor for the Oxford Ministry Course. She has experience of both parish ministry and university chaplaincy and is currently Science Missioner in the Churn Benefice. Prior to ordination, Jennifer worked as a medical writer. She has degrees in psychology and the psychology of religion. She has a particular interest in the ways in which religious practice shapes beliefs and behaviour and is currently pursuing a PhD in this area. Her other interests include liturgy, Christianity and the arts, social justice, the environment, and Christian theology and animal welfare.

June the 17th: the Rev’d Andrew Lightbown Blessed are the poor in spirit, living with anxiety, depression and fear
Andrew was ordained deacon in 2013 and is now Team Vicar within the Dorchester Team. He trained for ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon alongside a certain Julie Mintern. Before training for ordination he worked in the investment management industry and, latterly, as a university lecturer. In particular he looks forward to sharing his interests in education, economic justice and, spirituality.

July the 15th: the Rev’d Kate Toogood The Beatitudes: source of flourishing
Kate is Associate Vicar of St Andrew’s, Sonning and part time Associate Chaplain of Reading Blue Coat where she also teaches Mathematics. Kate has a keen interest in liturgy and worship and this has been a significant focus of her MA which she is due to complete next year. She is married to Lawrence and they have 3 sons, a dog and a cat.

September the 16th: Nick Harborne (@Woosehill) The Beatitudes as community foundation
Nick is the Director of Reading Refugee Support Group. Nick worked with the homeless in London for 4 years and spent 6 years overseas with Children’s Aid Direct in various countries running humanitarian emergency aid development programmes. He spent a further 6 years as CEO at Reading Single Homeless Project (now Launchpad).


Café Théologique,

Café Théologique, 

Monday 5 February

Speaker: Revd Graeme Fancourt

All together Different: Ministry after Brexit.

Zero Degrees Bar, Bridge Street. Reading  


No charge, no booking, all welcome.

The Grave Talk Project

Grave Talk – What Is It All About?

Over the past year, groups of All Saints Church members have begun gathering together to talk about death. No, we haven’t lost our minds, become depressed or run out of things to say. We are trying out a recent Church of England project, designed as a form of ministry for those of all faiths and none, to encourage people to break down the taboo around death. This project is called Grave Talk.

The idea is to get us talking about our feelings around loss, our own death, grief, what a ‘good’ funeral means to us etc. The hope is that taking part in the discussion will get us thinking and talking to our loved ones about our feelings and our ideas about funerals.

Some people took a bit of cajoling to join the first group and most of us felt some level of trepidation and scepticism. What were we doing there, and why would talking about death be a good idea?

Despite all our doubts within a matter of minutes there was a buzz of conversation and laughter running through the room. In fact, people were so keen, it was difficult to bring the session to a close. Now we get people asking when the next session will be.

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