5th-7th: When the Song of the Angels is stilled – with Evie Vernon O’Brien


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When the Song of the Angels is stilled

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.

From “The Mood of Christmas and Other Celebrations” by Howard Thurman. © 1985 by Friends United Press.

Howard Thurman’s glorious poem calling out the potential sentimentality of Christmas will form the basis of our reflections this weekend. There will be input, focus on the Bible, times of silence and conversation, prayers and Eucharist as we explore the implications of the incarnation for our own lives and practice. How do we come to embody the way of Jesus as individuals and communities?

The Revd Dr Evie Vernon was born in Jamaica and ordained in the Church in the Province of the West Indies in 1980. She went on to work in inner city parishes and also as a hospital chaplain. She taught at the United Theological College of the West Indies and when she moved to the UK, she was appointed Director of the Selly Oak Centre for Mission Studies. She moved on to be Theological Adviser at USPG, an Anglican mission agency. She continues to be passionate about and involved in cross-cultural justice issues.

Arrivals from 4pm on Friday and includes all meals, refreshments and accommodation


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