Holy Ground: June 2016
We gather on Sunday 12th June 2016 at 19.00 for our usual recipe of worship and topical conversation.
This month we are exploring issues of war & peace and asking four panellists the question:
"Is the use of force ever justified?"
This is not a debate but rather a conversation in which each of our panellists will share their response as a Christian to the question; this will then lead into an opportunity for those of us in the congregation to respond with thoughts of our own and questions we might have for the panellists. Similarly our panellists will be given the opportunity to respond to one another.
We hope that the evening will be a lively shared conversation and we look forward to you joining us !
Our panellists come from a range of backgrounds and experiences which we hope will enable stimulating and challenging discussion:
The Revd Dr Phillip McCormack is a Baptist minister who has served as an Army Chaplain since 1997 and is currently the Assistant Chaplain General for the Army Recruiting and Training Division. He is also the Army’s lead on ethics with responsibility for assisting the Army to ‘maintain and develop the ethical content of doctrine and training to Land Forces operations’.
The Right Reverend Martin Shaw is a retired Bishop in the Diocese of Exeter (one time Diocesan Missioner) and a is a pacifist who served as Bishop of Argyle and the Isles in the Scottish Episcopal Church and is also a Third Order Franciscan tertiary.
The Revered Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes is Vicar of Belmont & Pittington on the outskirts of Durham, a church historian, writer, blogger and member of General Synod. She is the author of 'The Essential History of Christianity' (SPCK 2012).
Major Arthur Norman-Walker MBE served as a regular Army Officer for 19 years before becoming the Army Careers and Education Advisor for Devon & Somerset. Arthur has served in Northern Ireland and Germany and is part of the Holy Ground team.
As usual our worship will be reflect the theme of the evening and there will be the opportunity for stillness and contemplation.
We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday evening at 19.00