Friday, 21 January 2011


Well done to the folks at the exciting Local Ecumenical Partnership in Redditch The Bridge who have been at the forefront of encouraging local Christians to explore the developing multi faith nature of the town. Former Queen's student and Curate at The Bridge Revd Jo Musson contacted me last year about doing some work in the area. As a result The Bridge's thriving youth group has started work with my friends at the excellent youth project The Feast in Birmingham and on Monday night I was over in Redditch at the Town's Ecumenical Centre running the first of a series of workshops for local Christians entitled Faith, Hope & Love - Christian Discipleship in a Multi Faith World. The taster session seems to have gone down well with the 25 participants, Jo kindly writes:

What an inspirational and thought provoking evening we had on Monday and on your behalf I'd like to offer Ray our sincere thanks for his energetic input and deep insights to the matter of interfaith and also of theology. We were given so much to think about of such high quality, the course promises to be a real treasure.

For the remaining dates for the course that will run in the Spring and early Summer Contact Jo on 01527 551996 for further details.

Around the same time I'm starting a similar course in Smethwick based at West Smethwick Methodist Church but open to all in the Birmingham West and Oldbury Circuit and to ecumenical partners contact Revd Novette Headley on 0121 552 3604 for further details of this.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of working with your local Church, Circuit or ecumenical body as long as you are located in the geographical confines of the Birmingham Methodist District get in touch with me via Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education .