Courses, Lectures and Quiet Days

Living in Love and Faith

How do questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ? What does it mean to live in love and faith together as a Church?

Recent participants on the course at Chelmsford Cathedral said:

"The course was immensely rewarding but also a little challenging in that it asks us to question a set of beliefs that are centuries old. It was very touching to listen to the real stories and struggles of people who are trying to lead a “normal” life, following Christ. I think this course opens up discussions on what is traditionally thought of as sinful and taboo ways of living. We are guided to review the bible and traditional interpretations. I feel very proud to have taken part in these discussions and proud that I am part of a Church that has initiated this". 

The ‘Living in Love and Faith’ course seeks to create a safe space in which discussion can take place about the diversity of sexuality and gender.  A longer term aim is to help those with the responsibility to clarify church teaching. It is supported by some excellent material, including course notes, podcasts, impactful videos of people bravely talking about their own experiences and an extensively researched book. These are easily accessible on-line and in hard copy and would be of interest to many whether attending the course or not. 

To access all the resources, you need to create an account here where you can follow the course, watch the videos and listen to the podcasts.

If you’d be interested in joining a group please contact Imogen Nay.

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What is Christianity?

Canon Imogen would love to invite you to come and explore the Christian Faith.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to know more, maybe you used to go to church but have dropped away, whatever your reason, Imogen and others would love to welcome you to a new group that meets every other Thursday on zoom. They meet just for an hour and normally read a passage from the Bible together, and reflect on what it might mean.

Recently we’ve been looking at the stories of Jesus’ resurrection. Most of the group come along to church on a Sunday morning at 10.30am and enjoy meeting each other there.

Do come along, you’d be very welcome!  Please contact Canon Imogen by email for more details.

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A Celebration of Evelyn Underhill

June 15th 2021, marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Evelyn Underhill. She was a remarkable woman, particularly in the life of the Church. A woman ‘of her time’ - and yet ahead of her time, Evelyn Underhill is a woman who, we believe, speaks into our current context with both challenge and encouragement.

Pleshey Retreat Centre is holding a series of events and lectures celebrating Evelyn's life and work.  For full details of the programme including how to book, please see the attached information.

Evelyn Underhill