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A Watershed Moment in Education

A theological reflection on education with a Leeds city focus written collaboratively by Graham Brownlee, Shona Shaw and Tom Shaw. The motto of the Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham is “spes durat avorum” which translated means “let the hope of our ancestors...

Why do Christians participate in Pride?

Anthea Colledge, in partnership with Leeds Church Institute (LCI), the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) and the University of Leeds conducted some research into why Christian individuals, Churches and groups choose to have a visible presence at the...

Can cities be good, and green?

Wednesday 12th September 2018 sees Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley delivering the annual Hook Lecture at Leeds Minster. Here, Ed Carlisle, Parliamentary and Council candidate with the Green Party in Central Leeds, prepares for Jonathan Bartley’s visit by...

A city of our dreams?

By Helen Reid Director of the Leeds Church Institute It is estimated that globally over one billion people and rising are living in ‘shanty town’ contexts. As Miles Davis writes, twenty-first-century cities [R]ather than being made of glass and steel as envisioned by...

Loving in Absence

By Lawrence Cockrill The saying goes ‘the only things that are guaranteed in life are death and taxes’. Loss and grief are near universal experiences and there are few of us who have not lost a friend or loved one at some time. In Leeds, and in Britain as a whole, we...

Wild City Retreat – Reflecting on the Ecocycle

Shaeron Caton-Rose reflects on the Easter Wild City Retreat.  We are all part of a cycle, life is not a straight line from beginning to end, it is a loop which encompasses both what we see as positive experiences and those we find more difficult. Birth, growth,...

Why is the Church so involved in the world of Education?

As Area Bishop and Chair of the Board of Education of the Church of England Diocese of Leeds, I am quite frequently asked this question, or something very similar to it. I find the form in which the question is asked to be very revealing, as it tells me a good deal...

One Beautiful Idea by Ian Adams

For weeks I had sat by the pool till late each night, the practice of a poet’s faith return each day to the source of it all but nothing moved as darkness fell. Tonight I watched again as the sun set behind the trees, and in the shadows’ rise and light’s slow cease,...

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