The story of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer has a far wider reach than the Church of England.
The essays in this book, edited by James Steven and to be published by Sarum College Press, provide contemporary and historical accounts of the significance of the Book of Common Prayer for a variety of Christian traditions.
Originating as papers delivered at an ecumenical symposium held at Sarum College marking the 350th Anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, the contributions to this book narrate a rich, diverse and probing account of a ‘Godly Order’ that has had a profound and long lasting impact upon English public prayer in the modern era.
“A collection of lively studies that manages to be appreciative of the Book of Common Prayer but also serious and realistic about its gaps as well as its virtues and about the very diverse and sometime surprising ways in which it has shed its influence beyond Anglican boundaries.”
The book is available for a special pre-order price of £14.99, valid until Thursday 30 April from Sarum College Bookshop (£18.99 thereafter). Click here for an order form or telephone Sarum College Bookshop on 01722 326899 for details.
On Wednesday 20 May at 12.25pm, James Steven along with the book’s contributors will be in Sarum College for the official launch. The book launch is free and open to all, refreshments provided. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01722 326899.
Trevor Stubbs will be in Sarum College Bookshop on Thursday 7 May from 4pm to launch his second book in the White Gates Adventure series, Ultimate Justice.
In this book we rejoin Jack and Jalli, Momori and Matilda from Trevor Stubbs’ first novel The Kicking Tree. Meet their children growing up on Planet Joh as they once again travel the universe to previously undiscovered worlds through the white gates the Creator provides for them. Each adventure is a task to bring some kind of hope to people they have never met – as well as some they already have.
Trevor Stubbs was born in 1948, a son of a third generation market fruiterer in Northampton. Discovering a real Christian faith in his mid teens (thanks to some very inspirational youth leaders), Trevor went on to explore a call to ordination as an Anglican clergyman. At 19 he went up to King’s College, London to study theology. At 22 he set out for a three year adventure as a volunteer teacher and mission worker in Papua New Guinea. Ordained in 1974, he began as a curate in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire where he met and married Tina. More adventure followed with an overland journey across Europe and Asia eventually arriving in Queensland, Australia where he worked for three years. In 1980 Trevor and Tina returned to the UK and have lived and worked in Yorkshire, Dorset and finally South Sudan. They now live near Bristol where they are ‘officially’ retired.
The judges — who whittled down the 24-strong shortlist from a field of more than 60, hailed the “extraordinary depth and calibre” of this year’s entries.
The bookshop received the nomination along with two other independent bookshops in the South West region.
“We were delighted to hear the news that we reached the regional shortlist of the Bookseller Industry Awards Independent Bookshop of the Year,” says Jenny Monds, Director of Learning Resources at Sarum College. “We were particularly praised for our excellent stock management and second-to-none community engagement which has led to ongoing success despite a difficult Christian bookselling market.”
One of the judges, Blake Brookes, said: “I’m writing to congratulate you on being a regional shortlistee for The Bookseller Industry Awards. This year’s submissions were of an incredibly high standard and our judging panel were very impressed with the hard work, creativity and enthusiasm that was evident in your submission. We announced the news online this morning and you can view the full article here: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/independent-bookshop-year-shortlists-and-winners-revealed
“Archbishops speak out on inequality” (Guardian headline 15th Jan. 2015). it’s not often that one of the books on our shelves attracts much media attention, certainly not in the general press. On Rock or Sand is an exception which has attracted a great deal of attention, much of it critical of the church for delving into the political arena.
In fact the book is a considered response to the impact of the recent financial crisis, and is the result of five years of regular meetings by a group of academics and practitioners brought together by the Archbishop of York to look at the economic crisis and the resulting challenges for our society including poverty, healthcare, education, ageing and the welfare state.
The book brings together some of the group’s reflections. The introduction and conclusion are by John Sentamu, with the chapters between by different expert contributors including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Lord Adonis, former Government Minister, Andrew Sentance, Senior Economic Adviser to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Julia Unwin of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and James Woodward, founding director of the Leveson Centre for the Study of Ageing, Spirituality and Social Policy.
“The task we set ourselves…was to consider the foundations, the values and the virtues, which support our society and the hope and vision we can have for a sustainable future”. (Sentamu).
The book makes us think about the society in which we now find ourselves, a society with increasing lack of political engagement, inequality, individualism, and compare this with what a society focussed on the common good would be like. It calls for a vision of a better future in which all citizens are valued – and for us all to play our part. It is a timely book which we could do well to consider as we await the General Election manifestoes.
Those of you who knew our well-loved library will know that it was looking a little tired. The carpet was worn, the paint was peeling and the lighting was showing its age.
This refurbishment has seen the main library room completely re-fitted with a new carpet, pale walls, more electrical sockets, new lighting and improved heating. These improvements will make the library an attractive, comfortable space for staff, volunteers and readers.
“It’s such a pleasure to see this long-awaited refurbishment of our library come to fruition,” says Jenny Monds, director of learning resources at Sarum College. “We hope that our readers will have a much more pleasant experience now in the newly decorated, warmer and brighter environment.”