“Will you then, in the strength of the Holy Spirit, continually stir up the gift of God that is in you, to grow in holiness and grace?”
(from the Ordinal of the Church of England)
“Stirring the Gift” is a rolling programme of short conferences designed to give Clergy the opportunity to invest and grow in their creativity.Each conference will have a main Speaker, and will focus on a particular form of artistic expression.
This course is hosted by the Revd Naomi Nixon (Coventry Diocese) and Revd Canon Dr Mark Pryce, and includes input from a range of speakers drawn from across the UK.It is twenty-four hours for Clergy/Readers-in-Charge in West Midlands Dioceses to set aside time for personal creativity, in the company of colleagues and with an Artist-in-Residence, who helps participants reflect on the role of artistic work/craft/imagination in our ministry and personal spirituality.
The Speaker for the next conference will be the Revd Dwayne Engh who will be leading using music for theological reflection. He is a composer, conductor and percussionist, who has recently completed a Bachelor of Theology with a focus on Ministry at Westcott House from the University of Cambridge.Dwayne has written for chamber ensembles, choirs, dance, film and theatre, has participated in a residency as a composer at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and has had his original compositions performed on CBC Television (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).
The conference will combine opportunities to hear from a Speaker, to share our creativity with one another and to attend to creative expression (musical or otherwise) of our own.
We welcome Clergy participants to come and practice their own particular art or craft that sustains their ministry and helps them to reflect on God – writing fiction, painting or drawing, music, craft-making, sewing, knitting, etc.
Who is it for? All Clergy and Readers-in-Charge (places are limited to six per Diocese)
Outcomes: The refreshment, renewal & growth of individual creativity
Upcoming Dates:1st – 2nd April 2019: Music and Theological Reflection
Keynote Speaker: Revd Dwayne Engh, Vicar of St. Mary Magdalen Church
What do I do now? If you wish to book a place on this course (places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis), please contact Harriet O’Hara.