Next Saturday 27th October at 6pm sees the first performance of the Penthos Requiem at St Michael’s Church by the St Peter’s Singers. Written by Matthew Oglesby and Hannah Stone, Penthos is conceived as a meditation on conflict and reconciliation in the form of a Requiem. Penthos is a significant contribution to the City’s commemorations for the centenary of the Armistice that ended the Great War (1914-1918), urging communal reflection on the persistence of war in our own times.
Tickets are free but there will be a collection to support refugees in Leeds.
The performance will also include “Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst” (“How desolate lies the city”) by Rudolf Mauersberger and Beethoven’s “Mass in C”
Last Sunday a large group of us went to Armley Mills Industrial Museum to visit a beautiful felting exhibition organised by Linda and others from across the region. The museum is an impressive array of 19th-century industrial history, and we also saw some awesome miniature steam toys and nostalgic Meccano collections. All fun, although one small person was less than fascinated…
Sunday 5th August is Leeds Pride Sunday #LeedsPride. We will be meeting at church as usual at 10.30am and then, for those who want to join us, we will be heading down into the city. There is a marching space booked for ‘Faiths at Pride’ and we also have an invitation to march with the Green Party crowd!
More information about what is happening can be found on the Leeds Pride Sunday 2018 Facebook page.
While some were camping others were exploring issues of power using image theatre and forum theatre in a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop organised by GeorgeF and Reboot the Roots. How do you change oppression by protest, humour, cooperation, and imagination? More workshops to come.
Yesterday Heston and Lydia received the “Improving Community Relations Prize 2018” on behalf of All Hallows from the Leeds Muslim Youth Forum at their Eid Celebrations.
Below is a photo of the award and the text from the presentation.
Improving Community Relations Award
Awarded by Zahra Nasir from Leeds Muslim Youth Forum at an Eid Celebration 23 June 2018
Places of faith are increasingly under scrutiny as religion becomes something blamed for many of the ills in society.
However our next winner is a faith leader who is committed to building rapport will all communities and a real example to faith leaders from the Muslim community.
For many years his establishment has been a sanctuary for people experiencing injustice. Upset by the way in which many of our fellow human beings have been treated, and by the way in which they have not been offered hospitality and support when they have needed it, they play a significant part in seeking justice for people coming to the UK hoping for asylum and who then found themselves held in detention centres.
They have provided support in all sorts of ways to people seeking safety – in doing so learning that journeying together is the best way to share God’s love in this situation and that one person cannot do it alone.
With others in the Hyde Park area, they work for justice, reconciliation and to inspire hope – working with people coming from a variety of backgrounds, ages and lifestyles, and celebrating the diversity in our communities.
For living up to the values captured in their strap line of “Loving, Living and Learning”, the winner of the Improving Community Relations Award is…
Reverend Heston and All Hallows Church
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Sunday 16th JulyThere will be no service at 10:30am at All Hallows as we will be joining with St Chad’s Church, Far Headingley and St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Headingley.
Meet 10am at St Chad’s, we will then be heading out onto Beckett Park for open air worship.
Some lifts will be available, please contact Heston.
We are having a work morning to continue clearing out rubbish, tidy up and clean the church. Tasks will include:
– re-organising the basement
– finishing tidying the chapel after the “free shop”
– transporting rubbish to the tip
– clearing the back yard
– picking fruit
– cleaning the BBQs
– having a BBQ
– plus many other jobs
Do come along and join us for as little or as long as you wish and if you are able to bring something for the BBQ that would be appreciated.
Every year, 15th May marks International Conscientious Objection day – a day to celebrate those who have and those who continue to resist war, especially by refusing to be part of military structures.
100 years ago The Great War was raging in Europe – we now know it as the First World War – and those who objected to the war and refused to be conscripted could be imprisoned, many ended up doing hard labour in Dartmoor prison, civilian ‘work of national importance’ or conscripted into the Non-Combatant Corps. Some volunteered to serve in the Friends Ambulance Unit or other medical organisations but if they were drafted into the army (some by force) they could face a court martial and even be shot. Many famous people were conscientious objectors but for a long time their stories were suppressed as the government thought that conscientious objection would weaken the war effort. There are some links at the bottom of this blog to some resources about conscientious objectors.
Whatever your views are about the armed forces, Conscientious Objectors have played a major role in the protest against war and the campaign for peace. On our website we have the International Prayer for Peace, a prayer that we long to see answered:
Lead us from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love,
from war to peace,
Let peace fill our hearts,
our world, our universe.
Let us dream together, pray together, work together
to build one world of peace and justice for all.
Subversive Peacemakers: War Resistance 1914–1918: An Anglican Perspective by Clive Barrett (I have a copy of this if anyone wants to borrow it – Paul)