THE CATHOLIC MOVEMENT COULD REVITALIZE THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
SUGGESTS LEADING CHURCHMAN
Canon Professor Mark Chapman – vice-principal of Ripon College, Professor of the History of Modern Theology at Oxford University and Truro Cathedral’s Canon Theologian – will ‘hazard a few ideas’ during an autumn lecture in Bristol.
A lecture addressing ‘the joys and frustrations of the Catholic Movement in the Church of England’ is the fourth in a series planned to mark this year’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Bristol’s Anglo-Catholic church of All Saints Clifton.
Catholic Renewal Lives On will be the title of the lecture by the Rev Canon Professor Mark Chapman, vice-principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, the Oxfordshire centre of excellence in theological training and research. He is also Professor of the History of Modern Theology in the University of Oxford and Canon Theologian of Truro Cathedral.
'I will address the joys and frustrations of the Catholic Movement in the Church of England both 150 years ago and today,’ he said. ‘I will also discuss questions of identity and how these have coalesced around different issues at various points.
‘At its best, I suggest, the Catholic Movement has drawn on the riches of the past to revitalize the Christianity of the present. It has worked with others to promote truth, beauty and justice in a world created by God. At its worst it has been narrow-minded and sectarian, defining itself in opposition to the rest of the church and the world.’
Intriguingly, Canon Professor Mark Chapman adds that he will ‘hazard a few ideas about how the Catholic Movement might revitalize the Church’ as it seeks to proclaim the good news into the next 150 years.
The Rev Canon Professor Mark Chapman – biographical note
Mark Chapman is vice-principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, where he has taught for 26 years. He is also Professor of the History of Modern Theology in the University of Oxford and Canon Theologian of Truro Cathedral. He has written widely on English and German theology and church history and is the author of many books including Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2006) and Anglican Theology (T & T Clark, 2012). He is a member of the General Synod, serves on the Council for Christian Unity and is co-chair of the Meissen Theological Conference. He is also on the history working party for the House of Bishops’ teaching document on human sexuality.
Canon Professor Mark Chapman will deliver his lecture at All Saints Church on Saturday, September 29 at 4pm. Admission is free. Tea and cake will be available afterwards.
AN ATHEIST STANDS UP FOR CHRISTIANS IN
AUGUST 11TH LECTURE AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH
‘Secularists should stop bullying Christians,’
says Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards
A journalist, broadcaster and historian who doesn’t believe in God will deliver a lecture at All Saints Church in the Clifton area of Bristol in August as part of the Pembroke Road church’s year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of its consecration.
An atheist speaks for Christianity will be the title of the lecture by Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards who describes herself a Judaeo-Christian atheist.
She reveres many aspects of these traditions to which, she says, the West owes so much of its moral and cultural richness.
‘I deplore the pusillanimity of so much of the establishment – including the Church of England – when it comes to defending Jews and Christians in the West and the Middle East in the face of fundamentalist Islam and aggressive secularism,’ said Dr Edwards.
Although a social liberal, she defends the right of social conservatives to express their opinions and live by their beliefs as long as they hurt only people’s feelings.
Dr Edwards added: ‘I believe in freedom of speech and thought and absolutely don’t think bakers should be bullied into putting on cakes slogans or sentiments they consider sinful.’
Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards will deliver her lecture at All Saints Church in Pembroke Road, Clifton, on Saturday, August 11 at 4pm. Admission is free. Tea and cake will be available afterwards.
Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards – biographical note
Journalist, broadcaster and historian Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards’s twelve crime novels satirise institutions and – above all – political correctness. Targets include the civil service, academia, gentlemen’s clubs, the House of Lords, the Anglo-Irish peace process, the Church of England and literary prizes. Murdering Americans was set on an Indiana campus and won the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award in 2008. Killing the Emperors, a black comedy about the preposterous world of conceptual art, won the 2013 Goldsboro Last Laugh Award. Currently she is writing Death of a Snowflake, which is about academic intolerance of free speech, not weather.
Her non-fiction includes Patrick Pearse, Victor Gollancz (James Tait Black Memorial Prize), Newspapermen: Cecil King, Hugh Cudlipp and the glory days of Fleet Street, The Economist: 1843-1993, The Faithful Tribe: an intimate portrait of the loyal institutions (shortlisted for the Channel 4/The House Political Book of the year), Aftermath: the Omagh bombing and the families’ pursuit of justice (Crime Writers’ Association Non-fiction Dagger 2010) and The Seven: the lives and legacies of the founding fathers of the Irish Republic (short-listed for the 2017 Orwell Prize).
NEW BOOK REVEALS THE COLOURFUL HISTORY OF
A BRISTOL CHURCH CELEBRATING THE
150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS CONSECRATION
Just published is a new book tracing the history of the Bristol church once dubbed ‘the Anglo-Catholic cathedral of the South West’ and celebrating the 150th anniversary of its consecration this year.
All Saints for All People, the commemorative history of All Saints Church in Pembroke Road, Clifton has been researched and written by local author John Hudson and published by the Redcliffe Press of Bristol.
The story it relates is as colourful as its pages, as this is a church with a vivid story to tell. It came to Clifton as an outpost of the Victorian Anglo-Catholic High Church revival at a time when the suburb was staunchly Protestant, and from its consecration in 1868 it fought an often bitter battle against those who wished to see it fail.
Instead, it thrived, with its policy of free seats for all contrasting with most of its neighbouring parishes, where paid-for pews for the better-off were very much the order of the day.
For the first four decades of the last century it became a High Church focal point for much of Bristol and beyond, with the big Gothic nave often filled to its 800-seat capacity. All that changed in the Nazi's second great blitz on Bristol during the night of December 2, 1940 when it was destroyed in a firestorm.
Subsequently services were held for many years in the adjacent church hall in Alma Vale Road. It was more than a quarter of a century before the church was rebuilt but on July 1, 1967 the first service was held in the new building which had a strikingly different look.
‘For a start,’ says John Hudson, ‘other Anglo-Catholic churches had sprung up to take the pressure off this single building. And secondly, the pattern of worship in Europe was changing, so that in modern churches congregations no longer sat separately from the altar but gathered around it.
‘As anyone who has ever passed All Saints well knows, the architect Robert Potter took this brief to heart, while at the same time incorporating the parts of the original building that could be saved.’
The church today is perhaps best known for its striking windows designed by John Piper, but with this summer's anniversary celebrations more people than ever are discovering how memorable the building is in many other ways.
Stockists of All Saints for All People, priced at £12.50, include Waterstones in Regent Street, Clifton Village, the shop in Bristol Cathedral, Aslan Bookshops, Clifton and Redland Libraries (check new opening times) and the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre. Copies also may be purchased at the Parish Office at All Saints Church in Pembroke Road, open Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm.
John Hudson has written more than 30 books of social and local history and biography, while spending more than 50 years as a writer and editor in newspapers and magazines, including the Post and Western Daily Press. His Bristol books include anniversary
histories of the Hippodrome, the Savages art club, the Mansion House and St Monica Home, while his biographies take in the City star John Atyeo, Fred Wedlock, the Wurzels' Adge Cutler and the businessman Philip Bollom.
John Hudson will be signing copies of his book All Saints for All People at All Saints Church after the 11 am Dedication Festival Service on Sunday, June 17.
CLIFTON DATES ANNOUNCED FOR CONCERTS
BY ONE OF BRITAIN’S TOP VIOLINISTS
Two recitals by one of the country’s most versatile and accomplished violinists are among this month’s highlights of a year-long programme of festival events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the original Victorian church of All Saints Clifton.
In the church on May 16 and 30 Thomas Bowes will perform Bach’s entire repertoire for solo violin on his 1659 Nicolo Amati instrument as part of his Bach Pilgrimage embracing churches across the country.
This will be Tom’s second Bach Pilgrimage. In 2013 he gave 50 concerts of the unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach in churches thoughout Britain, raising more than £20,000 for various charities. Further Pilgrimages are planned for every year.
Chamber music has been a major part of Tom’s artistic life and he is in great demand as a soloist and concertmaster working closely with many of today’s most eminent film composers. His numerous film credits include the Bond films Spectre and Skyfall as well as The Hunger Games trilogy, The King’s Speech and The Da Vinci Code.
Admission to the concerts at 7.30pm on May 16 and 30 are by ticket priced at £10 (£5 for students and children) for each concert or £15 for both performances. They are available from the Parish Office at All Saints Churh (open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 2pm or call 0117 974 1355) or at the door.
‘ANGEL RAYS’ INSPIRE PHOTOGRAPHIC
FINE ART EXHIBITION IN ALL SAINTS CLIFTON
A photographic fine art exhibition featuring pictures of dramatic seascapes taken by North Devon-based photographer and writer Carolyn Seager is the latest in a year-long series of events planned by All Saints Church in the Clifton area of Bristol to mark the 150th anniversary of its consecration.
The exhibition, entitled The Light Of Hope 2018, will be open for viewing in the Pembroke Road church from 11 am to 6 pm during the weekend of May 5 and 6.
Explaining her inspiration for The Light of Hope, Carolyn said: ‘It was prompted by the childhood memories of my Devonian grandmother, Jean Luxmoore, who told me that the angel rays cascading down from the North Devon skies were messages from those we love in heaven. My exhibition showcases the power of this ethereal light as it kisses the Atlantic coastline, bringing alive an illuminating and transcendental beauty.’
The works on show will encompass healing waves, poetic surf art, light imbued skies and magical seascapes from many of Carolyn’s favourite Atlantic beaches in both Cornwall and North Devon. They include Saunton Sands, Woolacombe and Gwithian.
Says Carolyn: ‘These are places where the veil between worlds becomes so tantalisingly thin that, as the light dances with the waves, it awakens a beauty that delivers a message of infinite hope and the gift of love to any soul in need of it.’
Selected pieces of artwork are dedicated to Carolyn’s Bristolian friend, Jackie Hallam Rankin, who passed away suddenly in 2018. On the day that Jackie died, Carolyn captured the light on Saunton Sands as it beamed from the heavens.
‘It was a glorious reminder that Jackie's light will shine eternal,’ she said.
‘In accordance with the wishes of Jackie’s family, profits from the sale of these selected pieces will be donated equally between two charities, Womankind - Bristol Women’s Therapy Centre and The Alzheimers Society UK.’
Admission to the exhibition at All Saints is free. A total of eight major pieces of artwork and a selection of smaller pieces will be displayed. All prints will be available to buy during the exhibition or they can be purchased online at www.seagerworld.co.uk
Carolyn will attend the exhibition at All Saints for an hour from 4 pm on May 5 for the launch of her book, The Wisdom Of Waves - A Companion For the Soul. She will sign copies for those who buy the book which is priced at £9.99.
CAPTION FOR PHOTOGRAPH: This photograph by North Devon-based photographer Carolyn Seager is entitled Heaven’s Kiss because, she says, ‘life is a mirror of our thoughts. This image is inspired by the beautiful reflections cast upon the beach from the skies over Saunton Sands in North Devon where daily, light gifts its wisdom and magic . . . ‘ Photo: Saunton_Sands_.jpg
MUSIC-LOVING ANAESTHETIST’S LEGACY WILL HELP FUND BRISTOL PREMIERE OF MAJOR NEW CHORAL WORK
The cost of staging the world premiere of a major new choral work in Bristol has been supported with a legacy in the will of retired consultant anaesthetist Peter Wentworth Thompson who died in Bristol in 2015 aged 90.
Dr Thompson, who was a regular worshipper at All Saints Church in the Clifton area of the city, loved the concerts and choral music at the Pembroke Road church.
‘For that reason, and with the approval of his family, we feel it is right to use Peter’s gift to help fund our Community Choral Concert on March 8,’ said the vicar Fr Charles Sutton. ‘This will be the first in a year-long programme of festival events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the original Victorian church on this site.’
The size of the legacy has not been disclosed.
A highlight of the concert will be a performance by more than 150 voices of The River of Life, a newly-commissioned cantata inspired by the full height window of that title which is a feature of the baptistery of All Saints Church, rebuilt following devastation during the Blitz in 1940.
The words of the cantata, written by local Anglican priest Julie Nicholson, have been set to music by John Marsh, director of music at Bristol’s Lord Mayor’s Chapel.
Admission to the concert on March 8 at 7pm is free but the expected demand for seats means that tickets must be obtained in advance. Tickets will be available from February 1 at the Parish Office at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Bristol BS8 3ED, open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 2pm. Alternatively call 0117 9741355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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DR PETER WENTWORTH THOMPSON
The late Dr Peter Wentworth Thompson, born in London in 1925, was educated at Kings School in Ely, Gonville and Caius College Cambridge and St George's Hospital in London. From 1957 he spent most of his working life as a consultant anaesthetist in Cardiff where his work passions were enabling pain-free medical treatment, improving safety standards and the work and values of the NHS itself.
Peter’s dedication to this work was recognised by a variety of honours and awards. They included an MBE in 1988, awarded for his services to improving standards in anaesthesia and an award from BSI (the British Standards Institution) in 1992 for his distinguished service to the development of British, European and International standards of excellence.
The River of Life
WORLD PREMIERE OF A NEW CHORAL WORK WILL KICK-OFF A YEAR OF FESTIVAL EVENTS AT BRISTOL CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS CLIFTON
The world premiere of a major new choral work written in Bristol will be the first in a year-long programme of festival events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the original Victorian church of All Saints in the Clifton area of the city. The church commissioned the new cantata – The River of Life – with words by Julie Nicholson, a writer, public speaker and Anglican priest, and music composed by John Marsh, director of music at Bristol’s Lord Mayor’s Chapel.
Tipped to be the highlight of a Community Choral Concert on March 8, The River of Life was inspired by the full height window of that title designed by John Piper – the English painter, printmaker and designer of stained-glass windows - which is a feature of the baptistery of All Saints Church, rebuilt following devastation during the Blitz in 1940.
The concert on March 8 will be performed by more than 150 voices drawn from All Saints Church Choir and members of other local choirs as well as singers from Clifton College Senior School and Preparatory School, the Bristol Cathedral Consort and the St John’s Junior School choral speaking group. (Choral speaking is defined as a group of people narrating a poem or a dramatic piece.)
Included in the concert programme will be Benjamin Britten’s cantata St Nicolas which relates stories of the life of the saint. He is possibly the most popular of mediaeval saints and patron of children, merchants and sailors. The key solo role will be taken by local tenor John Bacon.
‘Both these works are tailor-made for All Saints, using a gallery choir as well as other aspects of the building, including its fine organ,’ explains the church’s director of music, John Davenport. He reports that both works contain roles for the audience.
Admission to the concert on March 8 at 7pm is free but the expected demand for seats means that tickets must be obtained in advance from the Parish Office at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Bristol BS8 3ED, open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 2pm or call 0117 974 1355. Tickets will be available from February 1.
At the end of the concert a retiring collection will help to defray expenses.
Julie Nicholson and John Marsh
Julie Nicholson is a writer, public speaker and Anglican priest well known in Bristol in her role as theatre arts director in the diocese.
John Marsh has been active in many areas of Bristol’s musical life, including teaching at Clifton College and as director of music of St Mary Redcliffe Church. Currently he is director of music at the Lord Mayor’s Chapel. His wide range of compositions include works for choirs and instrumental groups.
All Saints Church
The Victorian church of All Saints Clifton in Pembroke Road, consecrated 150 years ago on June 8, 1868, was destroyed by German fire-bombs during the night of December 2, 1940. Subsequently services were held for many years in the adjacent church hall in Alma Vale Road. It was more than a quarter of a century before the church was rebuilt. The first service in the new building was on July 1, 1967.