Breakfast with the Bible is led by various members of the Cathedral congregation, lay and ordained.
It includes time for discussion as well as some teaching input from the leaders.
All are very welcome - you do not need to be an expert in the Bible. It is a space to read Scripture together and grow in faith.
Breakfast with the Bible meets on Zoom from 8.45am to 9.30am. If you would like to join the sessions, please email Canon Imogen Nay for the Zoom code each week.
A new series from September, looking at money, what the Bible says about it and what that means for Christian living.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6.24
Archbishop Welby said: “The power of Mammon is absolutely colossal: it grips us entirely. Very few people escape it, and those we call saints.”
|Sunday 5th September||The Revd Dr Paul Beasley-Murray||The rich fool in Luke 12.13-21|
|Sunday 12th September||Gervase Vernon||Matthew 20:1-16 Notes to accompany the discussion.|
|Sunday 19th September||Revd Canon Imogen Nay||
Genesis 18:1-2 + Leviticus 23:39-44
Abraham's Tent: Learning to live simply and travel light. A presentation to accompany the discussion.
|Sunday 26th September||The Revd Jackie-Dee Thornton|
|Sunday 3rd October||Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford||
The Early Church: understandings of poverty and wealth in the first five centuries.
|Sunday 10th October||The Revd Kate Moore||Do not worry, Matthew 6:25-34|
|Sunday 17th October||Dr Linda Brown||Patronising Paul, 2 Corinthians 11: 7-15|
|Sunday 24th October||Dr Nick Easton||A short history of Usuary, Deuteronomy 23: 20-21|
|Sunday 31st October||Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford||End of series session|
Suggested reading, Dethroning Mammon, by Justin Welby.
Archbishop Welby’s thesis:
”What we see we value”: in which he questions the values of the banks and the stock exchange: “Markets are very persuasive influences: they claim sovereignty over perception. Thus the ‘right’ price of something traded in the market is what the market says, even if that price bears no reasonable relation to the value of the effort put in, the imagination involved, or the underlying costs and lives of the producers.”
”What we measure controls us”, which is a key part of the Archbishop’s thesis: that Mammon persuades people that the only worth to be noted is financial. The Church is both a victim of this and a perpetrator: a victim, in that the countless hours of voluntary work are dismissed when assessing the Church’s health; and a perpetrator when it judges the success of a church by the growth of its finance or members.
”What we have we hold”: in an economy where financial institutions are retaining greater liquidity than ever before, Archbishop Welby writes that here is little evidence to support the trickle-down theory of wealth, “not least because trickle-down does not account for human nature”. The Archbishop is known to be critical of the conditions that people in the Church are increasingly attaching to their donations, holding on to their wealth to control the actions of others.
”What we receive we treat as ours”, in which the Archbishop argues that, through the act of washing his disciples’ feet, Christ redefined power and separated it from wealth. He also raises uncomfortable questions about the influence of Protestant Christianity on the development of world markets, through its acceptance of interest.
”What we give we gain”: “Money”, the Archbishop writes, “is one part of the God-given economy of abundance which enables us to show solidarity and to build relationships. It brings us closer to people far away.”
”What we master brings us joy”: dethroning Mammon requires people to listen (”The deceptions of Mammon are endless”); repent (asking “What do we want wealth for?”); and enthrone Christ in Mammon’s place.
Information on the previous series.
A Focus on Justice
|18th April||Restorative Justice in Essex||Nick Alston|
|25th April||Chaplaincy at Belmarsh Prison||The Revd Alison Smith|
|2nd May||Welcoming ex-prisoners to your congregation||The Welcome Directory|
|Justice in the Bible|
Luke 18. 1-8
|The Parable of the widow and the unjust judge - The Revd Paul Beasley-Murray|
|16th May||Gary Fleming|
|23rd May||Luke 23. 32-43||Jesus crucified between two criminals - The Revd Jackie-Dee Thornton|
|30th May||Isaiah 59. 9-end||A call for justice - Dr Nick Easton Notes to accompany the session can be found here.|
|Break for Half Term|
|13th June||James 1. 27-2. 13||Warnings against partiality - Gervase Vernon. Notes to accompany the session can be found here.|
|20th June||2 Corinthians 8. 13-15||Generosity and sharing - The Revd Kate Moore Notes to accompany the session can be found here.|
|27th June||Romans 5. 1-11||The results of Justification - The Dean of Chelmsford, Nicholas Henshall Notes to accompany the session can be found here.|
|4th July||Matthew 27. 3-10||The suicide of Judas - Canon Imogen Nay. Notes can be found here.|
|11th July||John 18. 28-40||Truth and Justice (Jesus before Pilate) - Dr Linda Brown|
|18th July||Summer Social Breakfast||Guy Harlings Garden|