Dunstan Rodrigues co-ordinates CTC’s Buxton Leadership Programme, as well as organising in the Catholic Parish of Manor Park. Here he and this year’s Buxton interns reflect on their experience of the programme…
“I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible, loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride”
Angus Ritchie (Director of CTC and Priest in Charge at St George-in-the-East) blogs on the role of storytelling in community organising – and the way his church is harnessing it this Advent.
There has been renewed interest over the last month or so in Heart to Heart – Caitlin Burbridge’s excellent report for CTC on the way churches can harness the potential of storytelling to build relationships, share faith, and act for justice.
Tim Thorlby is CTC’s Development Director and he leads much of our primary research.
Here he blogs about our new research report – ‘A Time to Sow’ – which presents new evidence about growth in Anglican Catholic parishes in London.
As Advent approaches, our Chaplain Sr Josephine Canny OA offers a reflection on what the season means, and how we can receive it as a gift.
Advent prepares us for the coming of God into our lives and into the heart of the world. The familiar crib at Christmas is a sign, as St. Francis of Assisi initially desired, to remind us of the degree of humility God showed in sharing our humanity.
Fr Simon Cuff is Co-ordinating Fellow of CTC and a Tutor in Theology at St Mellitus College.
At Evensong on the Feast of Christ the King he preached at SS Peter and Paul Church, Chingford – one of the churches in our Congregational Development Learning Community. The readings set were 1 Maccabees 2.15-29 & Matthew 28.16-20.
Tim Thorlby is CTC’s Development Director. He leads our work on missional enterprise and our primary research. Here he blogs about two new reports being published by CTC – each encouraging the church to recognise, affirm and make more enterprising use of the skills and vocations of the lay people within it.
This week we are publishing two reports:
– 21st Century Stewards (written by Tim Thorlby), and
– Carry Each Other’s Burdens (written by Laura Bagley)
Living Wage Week begins this Sunday (5th November). In his last blog, our Director Angus Ritchie looked at the Gospel readings set for that day in the lectionary. In this third blog, he looks at Catholic Social Teaching and the Living Wage.
Living Wage Week begins this Sunday (5th November). In his last blog, our Director Angus Ritchie suggested ways churches can mark the week – in particular supporting Clean for Good’s #WhoIsMyCleaner campaign. In this second blog, he looks at the Gospel readings set in the lectionary.
As Living Wage Week approaches, our Director Angus Ritchie blogs on what you and your church can do to mark it, and to support the campaign.
Living Wage Week runs from Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th November. We are suggesting a focus on the Living Wage in Sunday worship on 5th – and would encourage individuals and churches to take the #WhoIsMyCleaner challenge.
Ana França-Ferrera joined the CTC team in July to co-ordinate the Near Neighbours programme. Here she reflects on her first few months, and what the programme can offer to local people.
The Near Neighbours small grants is a programme with the aim to support community groups and organisations to bring together communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse so they can get to know each other better.