Vacancy: Anglican Workplace Chaplain Nottingham

Anglican Workplace Chaplain in Nottingham (full time)

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Opportunity  for an Anglican priest to lead a well-established chaplaincy to a number of significant companies and organisations in and around the city.

  • To offer pastoral support to employees by regular workplace visits.
  • To develop further the workplace chaplaincy across businesses in the city centre and Nottingham South Deanery.
  • To raise awareness of the chaplaincy in the wider Nottingham South Deanery, with the intention of inspiring new people and churches to become involved.
  • To lead, support and grow the team of voluntary lay and ordained chaplains.

Energy, imagination, compassion and a commitment to inclusiveness are required. We want you to hold a series of different relationships, inspire others, build trust, develop new initiatives, communicate well, and work collaboratively and ecumenically.

Closing Date: 18 December

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Churches call for prayer and support for people of Redcar

A message from the Church leaders concerning the future of the SSI plant in Redcar.

The people of Teesside remain deeply uncertain and concerned about the potential for future steel production in the region. In recent days we have watched and listened as discussions have unfolded around the future of steel production on Teesside, but nothing has been said that would allay the uncertainty as to whether the Redcar plant will be mothballed, or closed completely.

What we do know is that this will have a profound effect on the people of Teesside. 1700 posts will be made redundant directly from the steel works, 500 from the coking works and other businesses will be both directly and indirectly affected. Families and local businesses will suffer as income in the region drops. We know that this sort of economic impact on a community has far more reaching effects on relationships, health, child poverty and employment. This in an area that is already struggling with the effects of austerity measures that are hitting Teesside very hard.

We welcome the Government’s offer of £80 million to support the community. We hope that this, in partnership with others, is part of a long term commitment to support a community that has been committed to making steel production work on Teesside. Whilst acknowledging that the global economy is challenging for steel production and being appreciative of recent statements of support by the Business minister, many in this region would have hoped for more direct support for the industry at a time when much publicity is being given to the Northern Powerhouse and the economy of the North east. We would urge that there be strategic and forward looking thinking and planning for the region and for other areas of the country suffering from the continuing decline of heavy industry.

Local churches have already responded and will continue to pray, offer pastoral care, assist those affected in material and practical ways and work with others to seek outcomes that lead to a flourishing Teesside

Please join us in praying for the people of Teesside.
◾Dr. Mark Bonnington (New and Independent Churches in the North East) Chair of North East Churches Acting Together
◾ Rt Revd Paul Butler (Bishop of Durham)
◾Revd John Claydon (Regional Minister, Northern Baptist Association)
◾Rt Revd Seamus Cunningham (Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle)
◾Bishop Terry Drainey (Bishop of Middlesbrough)
◾Rt Revd Paul Ferguson (Bishop of Whitby)
◾Revd Ruth Gee (Chair of the Darlington District of the Methodist Church)
◾Revd Stephen Lindridge (Chair of the Newcastle District of the Methodist Church)
◾Majors Denis and Olive Lomax (Divisional Commanders, Northern Salvation Army)
◾Revd Lis Mullen (Moderator of the Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church)
◾Revd Paul Revill (Regional Minister, Northern Baptist Association)
◾Rt Revd Frank White (Assistant Bishop of Newcastle Diocese)

For further information please contact Joanne Thorns, tel 07932513295

Cambridge Seminar: Capitalism for the Kingdom



Are you worried that the state’s response to the credit crunch hasn’t yet led to real reform? Do you feel the church could be doing more to lead this conversation? Do you wish you knew enough to find your own voice in this debate?

Capitalism's Toxic Assumptions
Cambridge Ridley Hall Seminar Dr Eve Poole

A theologian who teaches in a business school, Eve Poole is on a mission to re-boot capitalism by taking it back to first principles.

Her book “Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions” was published by Bloomsbury in March. Endorsed by the Chief Economist Andy Haldane and Res Publica’s Phillip Blond, it is the fruits of a doctorate in theology and capitalism supervised by Faith in Business’ Director, Richard Higginson.

The book starts from the premise that market capitalism depends on seven big ideas: competition, the ‘invisible hand’, utility, agency theory, pricing, shareholder value, and limited liability. These assumptions served capitalism well in the past, but over the years they have become toxic, and are slowly killing the system as a whole. Government efforts at reform seem to have stalled. But quiet action by consumers, investors, employees and employers can make the big changes we urgently need, by shifting behaviours and adjusting the way financial ‘votes’ are cast in the market. And the Christian community is perfectly placed to lead this revolution.

Eve will be joined by 3 learned interlocutors:

• Sir Roger Gifford, Country Head of Nordic bank SEB (past Lord Mayor of London)

• Dr Esther Reed, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics,University of Exeter, and Director, Network for Religion in Public Life

• Dr Michael Hodson, industrial economist and lecturer in social enterprise.

After summarizing her book, Eve will engage with each in turn to draw out particular themes, with plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Join us in Cambridge, make new friends and meet old ones, and go away stimulated and ready for action. We’ll send you on your way with a complimentary copy of the book.

COST: £65 per person : includes refreshments buffet lunch & a signed copy of the book.

Book your place today by emailing or HERE


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Event: Escaping Short-Termism: Managing for the Long Term

Tuesday 13th October, 6.30pm
Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral

There has been a consistent degree of attention placed on the need for cultural reform in the financial sector over recent years, and one of the key components of this reform is a shift away from short-term views of value, profit and success.

This seminar, organised as part of an ongoing joint programme on ethical culture between St Paul’s Institute and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, will explore how business models can operate more effectively and overcome the misjudgements often provided by short-term success horizons. Providing case studies of effective practice and the benefits of a long-term view not only to business and shareholders, but wider society as a whole.

Speakers include:

Laura Harrison – Director of People and Strategy, CIPD

Anders Bouvin – UK Chief Executive, Handelsbanken

Jane Fuller – Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation

Chaired by Barbara Ridpath – Director, St Paul’s Institute

This event is free, however places are limited and registration is essential.

The History of Swindon Commercial Chaplaincy

For many years since the coming of the Railway, there has been a long honourable tradition of Industrial Mission being carried out in Swindon. This work has proved invaluable to all who have worked in Swindon both in the past and the present. People have grateful memories of it and still speak of the chaplains who have held related posts over the years. The current core team of chaplains was gathered by Angela eleven years ago when working for ISR (Churches Council for Industry and Social Responsibility). However, when ISR closed at the end of January 2014, we wanted this valuable work to continue.

With the help of a supportive financial person, Swindon Commercial Chaplaincy (SCC) was incorporated as a Community Interest Company on 18 February 2014. Eighteen months later, on the advice of Voluntary Action Swindon, we are looking to convert to a charity. Back to the beginning, we had a launch party at our local Jury’s Inn attended by the Moderator of the Industrial Mission Association, Swindon’s Mayor, and other notable Swindon people. A film of our work was made by Mr Javier Wise. This was shown at the launch party and is now available on our website or YouTube. SCC has gone from strength to strength. We have an active management committee and some administrators who help with our ‘Friends of SCC’ fundraising scheme and social media. The chaplaincy service is given free of charge. The number of chaplains currently serving fluctuates due to changes in the chaplains’ lives, but seems to remain at about fifteen to seventeen. The chaplains visit their allotted area week by week, befriending the staff. There have been many stories over the years of how the chaplaincy has helped people. We have shared in the following in peoples’ lives: bereavement, of relatives and work colleagues, suicide of loved ones, prison (the chaplain kept writing to the person whilst in prison), debt, serious illness, unwanted pregnancies, wanted pregnancies, the joy of buying their first flat, the list goes on…   When we (Angela and Marion) had the vision for the continuation of the chaplaincy, we really felt that we were taking a leap of faith and wondering where God was going to lead us in this project. There are times when we still wonder, but through this journey God has proved very faithful and just. We have felt the inspiration of God’s blessings in surprising ways on all our activities, not least financially. We continue to venture in faith and trust, which is a very scary place to be. However, perhaps it is a reflection of the work of chaplaincy itself as each chaplain steps into the unknown at every visit they make, yet always they are greeted by the love of God.

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Chaplaincy on a building site

Chaplaincy often comes about through good networking links and developing contacts with local businesses. It was via these type of links that Swindon had for some time a chaplaincy presence on one of the new building sites that were springing up in the area. Over the period, the chaplain built up good relationships with both the developers and workers alike, to the point of a real recognition of its value. The chaplain was seen as a trusted friend to all.

Many amusing incidents and conversations occurred over the time, and other times not so amusing but of very real life issues that affect all of us. There was one which was especially memorable. The chaplain was followed by a dumper truck for some 200 yards until the driver finally plucked up the cour-age to stop alongside the chaplain. What the driver asked for was prayer for his brother who was dying in the local hospice. It later transpired that the driver did not expect the chaplain to pray for his brother there and then, but was so grateful that they did. Though his brother died that evening, the prayer gave the family so much peace. The holy place that the driver thought was only in a church was found for him there on the building site.

Alongside the personal events through the chaplain’s connection, opportuni-ties were made possible far beyond the life of the building site itself. The local churches had a vision for a church presence in the way of a Portacabin to be placed on the site from the moment the people took up residence in the houses. Nevertheless, they were making no progress with this venture with anyone who could give permission or land. This changed dramatically

however, when the chaplain’s hard worked connections came into play. Through being in the right place at the right time and knowing the right

people, the chaplain asked the right questions in the most influential places. Through prescient work and having a good reputation, the vision of the churches was possible. Very quickly negotiations took place and the

Portacabin, with a minister, was located on the site.