In Praise of….

In Praise of….

The Anglican Priest!

Clergy Consultation ot St Georges House

Windsor

To try and speak of God is, unavoidably, to work with words and images carved from the world’s wood, the territory of the familiar.’ Nicholas Lash may be right. But speak of God we must and to speak of him consistently, coherently and convincingly is what we have been called to do’. 

Together we will think carefully about our theological response to some of the issues facing our modern world. Our aim is to answer the key question: How do you speak about God?

We wish to encourage ordained ministers from different traditions to come together to enter into lively and engaging conversation.

Such conversation will mean you are refreshed and reinvigorated, ready to return to your place of ministry speaking more confidently and convincingly about God.

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Here at St Georges House over the past two weeks 26 clergy have gathered in consultation. We have been exploring together our faith in the light of many years of experience. In my splendidly good humoured group of eight clergy we totalled 195 years of minstry in over 35 communities. The wisdom, openess and sheer goodness of the group were inspirational. I will carry much of what was shared with me for the rest of my life.

In our final session today we shall reflect on what lies ahead and I shall use this wonderful piece by William Plomer which continues to be an inspiration to me

Everything bends

        to re-enact

             the poem lived,

      lived, not written,

the poem spoken

              by Christ, who never

         wrote a word,

             saboteur

   of received ideas

who rebuilt Rome

        with the words he

     never wrote;

whether sacred,

          whether human,

                   himself a sunrise

         of love enlarged,

              of love, enlarged

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