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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:


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.

Statement regarding the future of LCTP by Roger Latham, Acting Principal

You will have been aware over the last few months that we have been undertaking a major process of review, and the statement by the Bishops of Penrith and Blackburn presents the results of that process. I would like to add to the Bishops’ statement my own regret for any uncertainty or anxiety that may have been caused by the need for discretion around what were quite sensitive and confidential discussions.

It would be unsurprising if this announcement were not to cause some of you anxiety about your studies. In addition to the assurances contained within the Bishops’ statement, I would like to make the following points:

  • The three partners in LCTP (Carlisle and Blackburn Dioceses and the University of Cumbria) are committed to funding LCTP until the end of the academic year 2015-16. This will allow all our existing students to be taught to the end of their academic awards. The only group of students not covered by this arrangement are IME 2 students on the MA programme who would be due to undertake their dissertation during 2016-17. LCTP and the University of Cumbria are already in discussion about this, and arrangements will be put in place to ensure that any MA student who wishes to complete their dissertation will be able to do so.
  • LCTP is committed to maintaining the quality of student learning and experience which we have always felt was key to the theological education we provide. Resources are in place to ensure that the quality of student learning will not be affected whilst our existing programmes are being taught out.
  • As of now, LCTP is unable to enrol any new students on University-validated programmes. This directly impacts IME 2 students who have just completed their first stand-alone module, and who cannot now be enrolled on the BA Top-Up or MA programmes. We deeply regret this situation, but wish to assure those students that the IME 2 programme will continue to run in both dioceses on its current basis. This means that the content and structure of curacy training will remain the same, but that students will not be able to gain University credit for work done. If any students are concerned about this, please contact your IME 2 Officer, who will be glad to discuss the situation with you.

The LCTP Staff are saddened by this announcement, but remain committed to maintaining our support and provision for all our current students until their studies are completed. We thank all students for their understanding, and their support in recent months. We look forward to continuing with you on your journey of vocation in the coming year.

Roger Latham
Acting Principal of LCTP

Statement regarding the future of LCTP by the Bishops of Penrith and Blackburn

LCTP (and previously the Carlisle and Blackburn Diocesan Training Institute) has provided training to Ordinands, Readers in training and a significant number of independent students over the last twenty years, most recently as a three-way partnership between the University of Cumbria and Carlisle and Blackburn dioceses.

In the summer of 2014 the LCTP Council formed a working party to consider the future shape of LCTP in light of the ministerial training needs of Carlisle and Blackburn dioceses. This was prompted by a number of developments which significantly impacted the context in which LCTP has been operating. These changes included the removal of governmental HEFCE funding structures and the transition to student fees; the introduction of Common Awards validated through Durham University as the Church of England’s national provision for ordination training; and a recent downturn in numbers of students coming to LCTP through selection. Some of these factors impact the financial stability of LCTP. Some relate to the student experience being offered. And some are about the general educational and training environment in which LCTP finds itself operating.

The working party completed its review in February, and presented its findings to the LCTP Council, which includes senior representatives from the three partner institutions. The outcome of this process is that it has become clear that, given the significantly changed environment in which LCTP operates, the Partnership had become unsustainable in its current form. This has prompted the two dioceses to initiate a further process of exploration into how in the future they might provide training and theological education for licensed ministry.

The University of Cumbria are clear that, with the change to Common Awards via Durham University, it no longer makes sense to be a partner within LCTP. The two dioceses see the future of training provision differently – Blackburn are working on a partnership arrangement with an alternative existing training organisation and Carlisle are looking to remodel and repurpose LCTP into a vehicle to deliver a range of ministerial training and equipping, including for Readers and Ordinands. Each diocese is doing further work to flesh out what these options might mean in practice so that different provision can be in place for ministerial training from the autumn of 2016.

The purpose of this statement is, first, to affirm the commitment of both Carlisle and Blackburn dioceses to continue to provide the highest level of support and theological training to those offering for ordained or licensed ministry. Second, the two dioceses have committed to underwrite and support the operation of LCTP in its existing form until the summer of 2016. This will ensure that all existing students can complete their academic awards, and will allow time for a stable and sustainable future for training in the two dioceses to be developed for the autumn of 2016. And third, we want to express our enormous and sincere gratitude to the LCTP staff, in particular Revd Dr Roger Latham, Dr Karl Möller and Ms Tricia Turner – and including the various honorary tutors – for their care, support, hard work and enthusiasm for the work of LCTP, and all the good things their commitment means and has meant for the lives and ministry of so many.

The precise detail of what will replace LCTP after summer 2016 is still being worked out, although it is clear that LCTP as it currently exists will cease. Each diocese is working on future plans as a matter of urgency, recognising that prospective students need to know what will be offered and how that might shape their training and vocation. Blackburn and Carlisle dioceses remain committed to those whose training pathways continue to 2017 and, as dioceses, we shall work with the individuals concerned to arrange alternative providers for the third year of their IME Phase1.

The content of this statement may come as a shock or surprise for many, and the LCTP wish to apologise for uncertainty over the last few months while these complex matters have been discussed and decided – conversations that have often been sensitive and at times confidential.

While some things have taken time to clarify it remains absolutely clear that all involved with LCTP and the two dioceses are completely committed to support and sustain the training of those who are currently students within LCTP, and to ensure that that is done with the high quality of experience and teaching that has been a hallmark of LCTP.

We hope this statement is useful to you, and brings some explanation to what has happened so far, even though what will happen after summer 2016 is still to be developed within each diocese. And we thank you for your involvement with, and contribution to, all the excellent things that are being achieved through LCTP in its current form.

Bishop Robert
Bishop of Penrith and Chair of LCTP

Bishop Julian
Bishop of Blackburn

Referencing for Smartphone Users

ReferenceME barcode scanGood news for smartphone users. The referencing app ReferenceME, which is currently available for free on iPhone, iPad and Android devices, allows users to scan barcodes, thus making data entry a breeze.

If the book you wish to add has no barcode, the ISBN number can be entered instead.

In those cases where the bibliographical details cannot be retrieved automatically, they can be put in manually as well.

The app also allows for additional data to be entered manually, as is necessary, for instance, in the case of edited collections of articles where the title of the chapter and the name of the author will have to be provided by the user.

Details for journal articles can be entered in the same way.

ReferenceME style selectionBased on the data that has been entered, the app will then format bibliographical entries and in-text citations (it asks for relevant page numbers to be put in as well).

Before the data can be exported, users need to select the desired bibliographical style. The app offers a wide range of options. One of the options listed is the Harvard style, but in order for the bibliographies and in-text citations to be in line with the guidelines of the LCTP and the University of Cumbria, it is important to select the APA style.

ReferenceME exportThe final step is the export of the data, which works via email, i.e. the app will email a formatted list of all the bibliographical entries and in-text citations to the selected email address.

If you are working on more than one project at the same time, that’s no problem either, as the app allows you to manage several projects, each with its own list of books and articles.

While the app is performing well, I found that some data had to be modified manually after it had been imported. This was true especially for publishers’ names and places of publication. That aside, this is a useful tool that takes some of the legwork out of referencing.

Karl Möller