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  • Higher Education Bulletin September 2010 The Higher Education staff in the Education Division at Church House (Stephen Heap and Gabriella Di Salvo) produce this Bulletin to support the network of Anglican Higher Education Chaplains in England by providing accessible and relevant information for Chaplains and other interested parties. We are happy to make it available to others also. Please contact Gabriella or Stephen to go on the mailing list. If there is something you would like considered for inclusion, please e- mail gabriella.disalvo@c-of-e.org.uk. We hope to have the next bulletin out on October 18th. Please let us have material for inclusion by Monday 11 th October. Thanks! To contact the National Adviser, Stephen Heap, please e-mail stephen.heap@c-of- e.org.uk or phone 020 7898 1513 or write to The Revd Dr Stephen Heap, Higher Education Adviser, Church House, Great Smith St, Westminster SW1P 3NZ In this bulletin: 1. Inter-Faith Matters 2. Survey 3. He Issues 4. Forthcoming Events 5. Chaplaincy Documents 6. Books 1. INTER- FAITH MATTERS 1.1 Yad Washem Seminar - 4-15 October 2010 The Council of Christians and Jews has written: we are the UK’s leading agency for the Church’s relationship with the Jewish people. Since 1942 we have pioneered Christian and Jewish dialogue, making great headway in theological, community and cultural understanding.
  • Higher Education Bulletin – September 2010 The Seminar comprises an intensive 10 days of lectures, seminars and workshops specifically for clergy and lay leaders. The programme is designed jointly by the Head of the British Desk at Yad Vashem, and Dr Jane Clements, CCJ consultant. It features lectures from international scholars and opportunities to engage with rabbis exploring religious and theological perspectives. The topics covered include Jewish life before the Holocaust, communities, the history of Jewish/Christian relations, art, the Final Solution, survivor stories and theological issues. Places are extremely limited and are taken up very quickly. More information and application form can be found http://www.ccj.org.uk/Yadvashem-Seminar The cost is just £832 which includes flights, in-country transport, all taxes, full board, excursions, entry fees, tours. Please complete the on-line application form and send to: cjrelations@ccj.org.uk marked Yad Vashem Seminar 1.2 Inter Faith Week 2010: 21-27 November Inter Faith Week will run from Sunday 21 to Saturday 27 November 2010. Its aims are: • to strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels; • to increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society; • to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious belief. The Week is being led by the Inter Faith Network for the UK, working with its member bodies. It will be community-led, with local people and groups of different backgrounds holding their own events and highlighting work going on to promote understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs. Please follow the link below: http://www.interfaithweek.org/ 1.3 Photography Competition The Congregational and General Insurance Company is holding a photography competition, highlighting the positive effects of different faiths on the community. The winner will be announced during the Interfaith Week in November. Any photographers amongst you who fancy getting chaplaincy some profile? See http://www.faiththroughalens.co.uk 1.4 Letter from Christians and Muslims Please follow the link to read a letter from Christians and Muslims who met at Lambeth Place in July for a Christian Muslim Forum conference. It contains a number of pledges aimed at building good relations between Christians and Muslims. 2
  • Higher Education Bulletin – September 2010 In_Support_of_Local _Encounter_between_Christians_and_Muslims.pdf 1.5 Sharing the Gospel of Salvation Produced in response to a question at General Synod about how we witness to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a multi-faith, multi-cultural context. It can be downloaded at: http://www.cofe.anglican.org/about/gensynod/agendas/july2010/gsmisc/gsmisc956.pdf 2. SURVEY: CHAPLAINCY PROFESSIONAL TRAINING Dear All, Together with the Chaplains National Executive, I have been looking at how we might develop accessible, affordable and appropriate training for chaplains. As part of that process, I met with Andii Bowsher, who has HE Chaplaincy experience himself (in Bradford) and is now on the staff at St John's Nottingham. That was a particularly fruitful conversation, in my view, and led to some ideas for training options which could be done on a stand-alone basis or which could be seen as modules towards a recognised qualification. Rather than simply assume we know what people might find helpful, we decided to create a questionnaire, which Andii has done and which can be accessed via the link below. It will really help us shape something more useful and relevant if you can take a moment to complete the form. Please submit the form at the end of September at the latest. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NTM9H7G Many thanks Best wishes Stephen 3. HE ISSUES 3.1Funding I understand the Browne Review will publish its work on Monday October 11th. That will be followed by the Spending Review on October 20th, following which HEFCE will write to institutions about their grant levels. Some possible changes would require legislation, which takes time. See a speech for David Willetts to University Vice Chancellors about the challenges and opportunities ahead for UK universities: http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/speeches/david-willetts-uuk-conference 3
  • Higher Education Bulletin – September 2010 3.2 Research Vince Cable made a speech about research on 8th September. Here it is http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/speeches/vince-cable-science-research-and-innovation-speech 4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS 4.1 New Chaplains Training January 19th-21st 2011- Holland House, Cropthorne, near Evesham The Churches Higher Education Liaison Group offers training to all new to chaplaincy (chaplains and chaplaincy assistants). ‘New’ is interpreted widely to mean those who have been in post for up to a year (or more if you want to come), those about to start, and those thinking they might want to go into HE chaplaincy at some point and want to explore what it is about. The training includes a visit to Bristol University and University West of England, theological reflection on the models of chaplaincy at work in them and other sessions on current topics in chaplaincy. Subjects typically covered are working ecumenically, working in a multi-faith context, handling religion in the public sphere, the spirituality of young adults, what are the key issues in higher education? To book, please complete the form below: New Chaplains Conf Booking For... 4.2 Conference of European University Chaplains and Global Conference • The 2012 Global chaplains conference Mosaics in Motion: Spiritual Leadership in a Multi-Faith World. June 25th - 29th -Yale in New Haven US Please see attachment for further details: GLOBAL HIGHER EDUCATION CHAPLAINS CONFERENCE 2012.doc • The Conference of European University Chaplains 13th to 18th June 2011 in Hungary Conference web site is www.ceuc2011.org 4
  • Higher Education Bulletin – September 2010 There is a Yahoo group for exchange of information on the annual European Chaplains conferences (Christian) and the 4 yearly Global conferences (Multi-faith). This e group has been going since 2004 and it is possible some of its members are no longer chaplains and others need to update their details. It would be helpful if any changes could be made so that the list is up to date. Please join if you are interested in the European and Global conferences Post europeanchaplains@yahoogroups.co.uk message: Subscribe: europeanchaplains-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk Unsubscribe: europeanchaplains- unsubscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk List owner: europeanchaplains-owner@yahoogroups.co.uk UK and Ireland Representative on the CEUC Board: Revd Allan Smith chaplain@herts.ac.uk CEUC representative on IACHE (International Higher Education Chaplains Association - overseeing plans for the Global Conference). Revd Cass Howes cass.howes@beds.ac.uk 4.3 Taize and SCM gathering Manchester 22-24 October 2010 Taize and SCm Gathering presents “Prayers of Freedom” an ecumenical weekend organised by the Student Christian Movement and Br. Paolo from the Taize Community. For more information www.movement.org.uk/taize 5. CHAPLAINCY DOCUMENTS I am trying to produce a number of documents around chaplaincy which will eventually go on the Church of England web site and be accessible via there. I am including some with this Bulletin which you may wish to send me improving comments on. The first one below asks some questions chaplains may want to think about when leaving a chaplaincy, The second is a check lost for Diocese appointing a new chaplain. Thanks. Stephen Debriefing for Dioceses Appointing chaplains.doc (... New Univer... 5
  • Higher Education Bulletin – September 2010 6. BOOKs 6.1 Is God Still an Englishman? Cole Merton The book is an exploration of contemporary British religiosity/spirituality. Please find a review of it attached, which appears here with the kind permission of the editor of The Baptist Times. You will see I think the book has its shortcomings, but it is worth a look at. Is God still an Englishman.doc... 6.2 Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith Marcus J. Borg Recommended by Fiona Haworth Kate is a popular religion professor at a liberal arts college in a small town in the Midwest who retreats to her nearest pub for a Guinness and a cigarette when she needs some air. Kate thinks her life is right on track - teaching, writing books, getting some notice, but she soon discovers that even in the twenty-first century, God works in mysterious ways. Kate is up for tenure, and that is when it all starts to go wrong. A colleague warns her that her books are too Christian and too popular. She is offered a visiting professor job at a prestigious seminary that employs the professor she had an affair with years ago. Students ask her views on Jesus, the Bible, and homosexuality, which leads to a parents' campaign for the school to get rid of her. Along the way, readers learn about theological and social issues dividing Christians today as the characters engage them in their lives and work. What is the Bible? What is the quest for the historical Jesus about? What is the nature of faith? How does the study of religion relate to the practice of religion? Are reason and faith friends or foes? Who said it would be easy to be a Christian in today's world? As Kate wrestles with the Bible, the church, the university, her past, and her vocation, we all learn from and share in what it means to walk in faith today. About the Author Marcus J. Borg is Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and author of the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, The Last Week, and Jesus. He was an active member of the Jesus Seminar when it focused on the historical Jesus and he has been chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature. 6
  • Higher Education Bulletin – September 2010 ------------------------------------- With best wishes, Gabriella Gabriella Di Salvo – Executive Assistant, Lifelong Learning Team, Education Division 7