The Revd Jonathan Brewster, Revd Nick Devenish and the Revd Jane Maycock are hosting a course during Lent to which all members of the Church of England across the Peninsula are welcome. Difference is a five session course exploring the subject of reconciliation and what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ in the face of conflict seeing how transformation can happen in our everyday lives.
It is a resource put together by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s reconciliation team and draws on the views and experiences of Christians from all sorts of viewpoints recognising the challenges faced by those who have differing convictions. It encourages us to engage with people of difference, recognising that they are fellow Christians created in the image of God, and to wrestle with what that means. In the words of Archbishop Justin Welby: “Reconciliation is not the ending of all difference, but the transformation of how we deal with difference.”
At the centre of the course are three habits: Be Curious: listen to the stories of others and see how the world looks through their eyes. Be Present: relate to others with authenticity and confidence. Reimagine: find hope and opportunity in the places where we long to see change.
We will soon be able to confirm a venue and times but the intention is to have the choice of a daytime or an evening group. Each session will last about an hour and a half and will include a film, discussion and interactive exercises. The evening course will begin with a light supper and the morning will include tea / coffee.
Click on the image below to visit the course’s official website.