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Residential Weekends 2015-16

We are delighted to welcome to the residential weekends for the Ordination Training programme the following speakers:

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13-15 November 2015
‘Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Biblical and Theological Reflections’ (Karl Möller)

Given the recent media attention to the refugee crisis that has been affecting Western Europe for some time and is expected by many to worsen, perhaps even quite significantly, we have come to the conclusion that it is important for us as individual Christians but also as the church to reflect on how we might respond to these developments. We have therefore decided to devote the Residential Weekend in November to exploring this issue. The sessions will be led by Karl, and we are going to look at biblical perspectives, drawing on parts of the Old Testament and the life, ministry and teaching of Jesus, before moving on to some more general theological reflections on the notion of hospitality.


8-10 January 2016
Formation (Sister Sue Williams, OCMM)

Sue WilliamsSue is the co-founding Sister of the Order of the Companions of Martha and Mary, an Anglican Religious Order for women, which has recently celebrated it’s fifth birthday. The OCMM charism is one of prayerful presence and hospitality. She serves as the Vicar of the United Benefice of Balderstone, Mellor and Samlesbury and is a Canon of Blackburn Cathedral. Sue trained with NOC and received her MTh from Liverpool University (Chester College) and was ordained deacon in 1998 and priest in 1999. She served her curacy at St Mary’s, Prescot in Liverpool Diocese before studying for an MA in Religious Studies at Lancaster University where she also served as Associate Priest at St Paul’s Scotforth. During her time at Scotforth Sue began her doctoral research into the experiences of women as priests in the Church of England and was awarded her PhD in 2009.

From 2006 to 2012 Sue was Vice-Principal (Blackburn) of LCTP and Warden of Readers and Pastoral Assistants. Her academic interests include Feminist Theory and Theology, the Sociology of Religion, Christian Spirituality, Art and Spirituality.

As time allows, her other interests include walking in the Lake District, visiting Art Galleries, and sharing wine and conversation with family and friends.


11-13 March 2016
Mission (Prof. Richard Bauckham)

Richard BauckhamRichard was until 2007 Professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor in the University of St Andrews where he is now Professor Emeritus. After teaching theology for one year at the University of Leeds, he taught historical and contemporary theology for fifteen years at the University of Manchester, before moving to St Andrews in 1992. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is Senior Scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where he does some teaching for the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. He is also a Visiting Professor at St Mellitus College, London. From 1996 to 2002 he was General Editor of the Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series. He is an Anglican (but not ordained), and was a member of the Doctrine Commission of the Church of England for some years. In 2009 he was awarded the Michael Ramsey prize for his book Jesus and the Eyewitnesses (2006). Other recent books include:

  • Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation (2010),
  • Living with Other Creatures: Green Exegesis and Theology (2011),
  • Jesus: A Very Short Introduction (2011),
  • Gospel of Glory: Major Themes in Johannine Theology (forthcoming, 2015).

6-8 May 2016
Topic and speaker to be confirmed


10-12 June 2016
Children’s Spirituality (Revd Dr Howard Worsley)

Howard WorsleyHoward has had a varied career, having worked as a secondary school teacher, a Scripture Union worker, an Anglican vicar, a university teacher of Theology, a director of education (in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and then in the Diocese of London), a chaplain in both the HE and FE sectors and now as a theological educator.

He is a researcher into children’s spirituality and their early perceptions. As a contextual theologian and an educationalist he is looking to span the disciplines of Theology and education. These studies feed into his teaching on mission, apologetics, ethnography and ‘learning for a learning Church’.

Howard is married to Ruth, and they have three sons. His personal interests are mainly to do with sport and travel, especially rugby, planning expeditions over mountains or down rivers, and travelling by motorbike or under sail.