Legacies of Luther and Calvin: A Study Day with John Morrill

Why was there such a great schism in Western Christendom in the sixteenth century? What made the Catholic Church so unacceptable to men like Martin Luther and Jean Calvin? What made THEIR ideas so unacceptable to the Catholic Church? What, as modern Catholics and modern Protestants, should we make of their ideas? As we approach 500 years since the Reformation began, can we all still learn from them?

Join us when we welcome Rev Professor John Morrill who will share his insights with us at the twenty second Ecumenical Study Day for Essex and East London Christians.

Rev Prof John Morrill FBA is a permanent deacon in the diocese of East Anglia and chair of the Commission for the New Evangelisation there. Until December 2013 he was Professor of British and Irish History at the University of Cambridge and he is a life Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge.

Admission is free – A light buffet lunch is provided – Please book your place!

The study day is Saturday 13th June 2015 and runs from 10.30 am – 3 pm.  The event takes place at Brentwood Cathedral Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AT.  A light buffet lunch is provided. All are welcome to attend and there is the opportunity to ask questions and make a donation. Booking is essential.

To book, please contact the CEF office on 01277 265289 or email cef [at] dioceseofbrentwood [dot] org.

The Holy Land and its People

The Commission for Evangelisation and Formation offered two related Ecumenical Study Days when Sr Margaret Shepherd presented Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations in October of last year and Della Shenton DHS portrayed Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World this March. Both speakers shared their great passion and invited their respective audiences to reflect on these subjects in relationship with our Christian faith.

In October Sr Margaret, who is Secretary to the Committee for Catholic Jewish Relations for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, illustrated the growth and development of the dialogue between the Jewish and Catholic faiths.   Quoting the resources compiled by the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department she pointed to the many encouraging encounters between Jews and Catholics since the end of the Second World War and to the emerging cooperation since Vatican II.   In the light of this true progress, she did not ignore the difficult times that preceded it or the challenges and responsibilities interfaith dialogue still faces. Crucially she reminded her audience that they too must embrace those challenges.

More recently Della Shenton also talked of shared responsibilities when she considered how we can move from three faiths in conflict to an “open door of prayer beyond the smoke of bombs and war”. (Pope Francis, August 2014) Describing herself as an “experienced pilgrim”, Della shared her extensive knowledge and experience of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. She spoke movingly about this very special part of the world and divided her talk into three parts: the Jewish, Christian and Muslim heritage of Jerusalem, through which she portrayed several thousand years of the Holy Land’s history.

Both speakers highlighted the significant roles played by recent Popes in promoting peace and understanding. While Sr Margaret showcased the historic visit by Pope Saint John Paul II to Israel in 2000 during which he prayed at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall, Della finished her talk with Pope Francis’ joint prayer for peace which was said in the Vatican garden with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents after his visit to the Holy Land in 2014.

Listen to both these talks by clicking on the links below.

Sr Margaret Shepherd, Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations Part 1

Sr Margaret Shepherd, Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations Part 2

Sr Margaret Shepherd, Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations Part 3

Della Shenton DHS, Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World Part 1

Della Shenton DHS, Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World Part 2

Della Shenton DHS, Jerusalem: the Spiritual Heart of the World Part 3

The Commission for Evangelization and Formation in the Diocese of Brentwood is pleased to offer these Ecumenical Study Days. Read more about the study days and listen to more podcasts taken from them at What Good News Ecumenical Study Days.

Sr Margaret Shepherd: Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations Pt 1

Look at http://www.scarboromissions.ca/JC_Relations/catholic_jewish_relations.php for background links to Sr Margaret’s talk.

Sr Margaret Shepherd: Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations Pt 2

Look at http://www.scarboromissions.ca/JC_Relations/catholic_jewish_relations.php for background links to Sr Margaret’s talk.

Sr Margaret Shepherd: Milestones in Modern Jewish Catholic Relations Pt 3

Look at http://www.scarboromissions.ca/JC_Relations/catholic_jewish_relations.php for background links to Sr Margaret’s talk.

Vatican II Talks

 

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council the Brentwood Commission for Evangelisation and Formation arranged a series of nine talks which illustrated the breadth of the work of the Council. The highly-experienced speakers offer a survey of the teaching of the Council and its impact. The talks are all available here:

 

Mgr George StokesThe Four Pillars of Vatican II
Mgr George Stokes, ex-diocesan Director of Education, explores the four Constitutions of Vatican II: on the Church, Revelation, the Liturgy, and the Church in the Modern World.

Scripture and Tradition Rev Dr Adrian Graffy
Rev Dr Adrian Graffy, scripture scholar, author and Director of the Commission for Evangelisation and Formation, talks on the teaching of Vatican II on the Bible.

Rev Dr David Chapman Ecumenism: an evaluation
Rev Dr David Chapman is heavily involved in ecumenical dialogue on behalf of the Methodist Church and discusses what the ecumenism promoted by Vatican II has achieved.

Mgr David MansonTowards Authentic Liturgy
Mgr David Manson, Vicar General, parish priest at Ingatestone and diocesan liturgist,considers Sacrosanctum Concilium and the development of the liturgy after Vatican II.

Michelle MoranThe Universal Call to Holiness
Michelle Moran, President of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services and founding member of the Sion Community, reveals the new movements and groups in the Vatican II church.

Fr Paul KeaneThe Catholic Church and Freedom of Conscience
Fr Paul Keane, Catholic chaplain to Essex University and parish priest, tells the story of the Declaration on Religious Liberty, Dignitatis Humanae, and explores its repercussions.

Sr Bridget TigheGo and teach all nations!
Sr Bridget Tighe, of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, explains how the Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church, Ad Gentes, gave new impetus to the Church’s mission.

Fr Dominic HowarthPriest, Prophet and King
Fr Dominic Howarth, diocesan Director of Vocations and parish priest at Basildon, examines the deepening understanding of priesthood and personal vocation in the Vatican II church.

Sr Margaret ShepherdVatican II and the Jews
Sr Margaret Shepherd, secretary to the Committee for Catholic – Jewish Relations, a Sister of Sion, shares the teaching of the Declaration Nostra Aetate, and asks what difference it has made.

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11th Ecumenical Study Day: Dr Clare Watkins “Can Christians agree about Mary?” – Part 1