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May 2019

Wednesday 8 - Thursday 9 May 2019

Bishop Donald’s Walk and Talk (24 Hour Retreat)

CLERGY ONLY PLEASE

Get some fresh air, enjoy the countryside around the diocesan retreat house - and take the opportunity to ask Bishop Donald any questions you'd like! 

The walk will commence at 10am on the first morning. After lunch, there will be time to talk to Bishop Donald. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the Abbey.

On the next morning, for those who are interested, Chrys Tremththanmor will lead a 'thinking photographer's walk' around the Abbey. Whether you have a SLR or just a camera on your phone, she will show you how to pay attention to your surroundings and take better photos. 

The retreat will finish after lunch. 

If you have mobility issues, please feel free to enjoy the Abbey rather than taking the walk.

Speakers: The Rt Revd Donald Allister was installed as Bishop of Peterborough on 17 April 2010. He is committed to seeing people and churches grow in love and service to Jesus Christ. Revd Chrys Tremththanmor is Training Officer for Peterborough Diocese, and a keen photographer. Her photo website is www.stalkingthelight.com

 

Launde Abbey, Launde Road, East Norton, LE7 9XB

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Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 May 2019

New Posts: A Three Day Conference

For anyone who has been in a new post for 6 to 18 months. The three day conference is an opportunity for you to share with others, explore your new context, and set some aims and objectives.

Book a place at: bookings@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

Belsey Bridge, Ditchingham NR35 2DZ

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Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 May 2019

Pre-Retirement

For any member of clergy who is within one to three years of retirement. The focus will be on preparing emotionally and spiritually for retirement, with time for personal reflection and prayer.

Bishop Woodford House Ely CB7 4DX

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June 2019

Tuesday 11 - Thursday 13 June 2019

Incumbency Skills: A three day conference

For anyone who has been appointed to a first incumbency in the previous 6 to 9 months. The three day conference will work on some of the practical skills required to lead a parish.

Book a place at: bookings@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

High Leigh, Herts EN11 8SG

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Tuesday 25 June 2019

Fearing the Workhouse: Reflecting together on Poverty and Power

Speaker: Sue Richardson, Christian Aid’s Theological Education Advisor 

How do we learn about poverty and how do we see it today? Jesus tells his audience that they will have the poor with them always. Do we hear this as affirming the inequality we see, or do we resonate with the implied ‘therefore do this….’ and strive to respond in the face of poverty’s challenge? Can the practice of our faith resource us in prayer, generosity and action?

The talk will be at Sacrista Prebend Retreat House, where we will have lunch (suggested donation £5.00 per person) before going on to the Southwell Workhouse. Entrance is free to card carrying National Trust members. Entry will cost £9.60 for non-members.

About the Southwell Workhouse: The Workhouse was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute. It was influenced by prison design and housed around 160 inmates. The regime was harsh. Visiting the property prompts reflection on how society has tackled poverty through the centuries.

Southwell Workhouse, Nottinghamshire

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October 2019

Tuesday 8 - Thursday 10 October 2019

New Posts: A Three Day Conference

For anyone who has been in a new post for 6 to 18 months. The three day conference is an opportunity for you to share with others, explore your new context, and set some aims and objectives.

Book a place at: bookings@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

Belsey Bridge, Ditchingham NR35 2DZ

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Sunday 13 - Monday 21 October 2019

A 9 day Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine

Following in the Footsteps of Jesus led by The Rt Revd Donald Allister

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a very special experience. My testimony, shared by many who have travelled with me before, is it that the bible comes to life in remarkable ways. In addition, today’s situation in Israel and Palestine, inseparable from the very complex history, is seen and experienced quite starkly.
We will have opportunities to meet, listen and talk to ordinary people as well as community and other leaders.

The pilgrimage is open to all. However, please bear three things in mind: first, we will be worshipping as Christians each day; second, a reasonable degree of fitness is needed, as we will have to do quite a bit of walking, including up hills and steps and on uneven rocky ground; third, although we will eat well with lovely Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food, and the restaurants we use are very helpful and hospitable, it may not always be possible to meet every dietary requirement in the way you might be used to.

This won’t be a holiday, though it may well refresh those parts that holidays can’t reach.  It will be stimulating, deeply moving, perhaps emotionally exhausting. You will almost certainly be changed.

I hope you can join us.

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For prices and more information please click here to view the brochure.

The Holy Land

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November 2019

Thursday 21 November 2019

The Theological History of the Civil War

Speaker: Bishop Donald Allister


Where did the divine right of kings come from? Why did Charles try to impose episcopacy on the Scots? Did Laud cause the Civil War? Why was the Act of Uniformity so strict? And what can we learn from all of this?

The talk will be at St Bartholomew’s, Greens Norton (near Towcester) before going on to a buffet lunch at The Butcher’s Arms for lunch (£10.00 per person to include a hot drink). We will then go on to Canons Ashby. Entrance is free for card carrying National Trust members. Entry will cost £8.50 for non-members.

About Canons Ashby
: The house was home to the Dryden family, who during the Civil War were Puritans and supported Parliament. A fight between Parlimentarian and Royalist soldiers took place on the grounds and the nearby church. The only casualty was the shepherd boy who had kept watch, and a statue honouring his sacrifice stands in the gardens.

Canons Ashby, Nr Towcester

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