Sudan: Then and Now – a talk by Canon Timothy Biles
Thursday March 1st
The Revd Canon Tim Biles is well known for his controversial ‘Second Opinion’ columns in the Sarum Link. The author of a number of popular books, he is always entertaining and this talk on his experiences in Sudan proved to be no exception.
Faces both familiar and new engaged in some spirited conversation, stimulated by Canon Biles’s hour-long seminar, so thank you to all who attended and helped provide such a vibrant and thought-provoking event.
Canon Biles has been a teacher and parish priest in the Salisbury Diocese, and is well travelled. He has a passionate concern for justice in the Middle East and the Sudan, where he has shared in the Diocesan partnership for many years.
On Thursday, February 16th, Bryan Evans launched his new book ‘Plain English: A Wealth of Words.’
The event was extremely well attended, with over twenty people coming to hear Bryan discuss the book and his motivation in writing it.
The event was so successful in fact, that we have now sold out of ‘Plain English’ but we can order copies for anyone who may have missed out. Thank you to everyone who came along to support Bryan, and the bookshop.
Plain English has its roots in the language spoken by the English 1000 and more years ago. It is a beautiful language, found in the King James Bible, the works of Jane Austen, and in the speeches of Lincoln and Churchill, which fosters clear thought and speech – a language for those who like to say much with few words.
The aim of this book is to help readers find plain English words for what they want to say. After first setting out the story of English, it then offers the reader one hundred words to get started with (‘shorten’ rather than ‘abbreviate’, ‘speed up’ instead of ‘accelerate’, ‘drive home’ rather than ’emphasise’, and so on.) The main body of the book lists more than 10,000 plain English words, and a list of some 3,600 borrowed words with suggestions about English words we might use instead. The author aims to help readers think about the words they use, and in doing so speak and write more clearly.
On Retreat: A Lenten Journey
by Andrew Walker
“… Walker’s work can be highly recommended.”
Church of England Newspaper.
Retreats are becoming increasingly popular, but the classic 8-day version can be a little daunting for some. Andrew Walker’s new book is a resource for both first-timers and the more experienced: a journey of personal prayer to be made over the period of one Lent, slowly integrating formal prayer times and the routine activities of daily living into a deeper encounter with God.
The material is equally suitable for the reader at home, or for groups, or can be adapted to a residential retreat (either self-guided or directed). Effective use of prayer time is explored, with the emphasis on practical suggestions and ideas including scripture and poetry, meditation, contemplation, journalling and intercession.
A ‘prayer journey’ through Lent, increasingly involving the whole person, opens up a world of spiritual possibilities by encouraging a deeper relationship with God and a reconnection with daily living, reinvigorated and hopeful.
Andrew Walker is Parish Priest of St Michael-in-Lewes, Director of the London-based Ignatian Spirituality Course and a Visiting Scholar at Sarum College, Salisbury. Founder-Director of the London Centre for Spirituality, his previous books include Journey into Joy (SPCK, 2001), Spirituality in the City (SPCK, 2005) and Discovering the Spirit in the City (ed. Continuum 2010).