Report on CPW’s Inaugural Autumn Lecture with Mike Kane MP

Anne Dixon reports on CPW’s inaugural Autumn Lecture, which was given by Mike Kane MP, Shadow Minister for Schools on Tuesday 8th October. Anne writes that Mike delivered “a personal and empowering talk which resonated with many members of the audience. His themes were over-arching, deliberately avoiding a politically polarised position, and opting instead for a wider interpretation of Gospel values.”

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Chair's September Blog - The Return

Our summer adventures are over. The reports of the summer weeks are being drafted as I write and we are left with the books of notes, the photographs, the artefacts and the humming of songs half-remembered from beautiful shared and inclusive liturgies. Oh the tales we could tell, if only they would listen!

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Chair's BlogAnne Dixon
Malvern All-Age Week 2019: A Family Experience

A first-time summer week participant recounts their family’s experience at Malvern. From a reluctant start, the writer recounts that, “All the children showed an enthusiasm for everything they did and not once did they use the word ‘bored’. As a parent I felt rested, refuelled, and genuinely as if I had been given a new lease of life.” Read more about their experience here.

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Chair's July Blog: Here's to a Summer of Stories, Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving

This is the month when the last weeks of the summer term tumble over each other in a riot of picnics, summer fetes and sports days. Life is more ‘outside’ and relaxed, holidays are on the horizon and everyone just seems friendlier.  As we meet, greet, walk and talk with each other this summer, may the eloquence of our speakers, and of our response to one another, fill this glorious month with our prayer, praise and thanksgiving.

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Chair's BlogAnne Dixon
Chair's June Blog: 'Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger’

What is CPW’s ‘here’? Can you imagine yourself in a CPW landscape? A mountainside? A garden? A forest? Look around you. What do you see? What can you hear? Let me show you four places that I saw when I looked around CPW, and four accompanying scriptures that I ‘heard’. I offer these pictures, these places, as a means of discovering together CPW’s ‘Here’.

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Chair's BlogAnne Dixon
Escape on Foot: CPW Walking Week 2019 Report

Mike Winston shares his report of the 2019 Walking Week at Willersley Castle near Matlock. In the words of one of the group he recalls that there was “over everything, an awareness of the presence of God in nature, in the stones on our path, in words spoken out-loud or in the depths of our hearts - a precious closeness with one another, immediate and lasting.” Read the full report here.

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Chair's May Blog: Power and Tenderness - A Starting Point for Wisdom

Wisdom is something we hear in the words of others or see in the actions of the inspired. The Truly Wise are giants in our moral and spiritual landscape. We are drawn to them but also in awe of them. Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities, who died earlier this month, was one of these giants. The transformational effect of wise judgement is made possible by the presence of compassion and vulnerability: tenderness to ourselves and others. The role models are out there if we choose to seek them.

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Anne Dixon
CPW Winter Weekend 2019 Report

Mary Ring reviews our first CPW event of 2019 - a winter weekend at Boars Hill titled ‘Church at the Crossroads: Responding to Challenging Times’. Mary writes: '‘As majority shareholders in the Roman Catholic institution, we lay people are co-responsible for its credibility and effectiveness in sharing this Word. It’s our duty to call now for change and growth. One of the best ways to do this is for Catholic parishioners to start talking safely and respectfully about new ways forwards.”

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Mary Ring
Chair's March Blog: What if... we let our imaginations roam freely?

Sometimes ‘more’ is the solution, but not always. Sometimes we need to take a step back to see if ‘other’ is the answer this time. And that’s where the imagination comes into play. The same could be said of our explorations into the future possibilities for our Church. Do we need ‘more’ of what we’ve always done (bigger, better, stronger, higher, fuller, firmer)? Or dare we consider ‘other’ (stranger, different, smaller, deeper, easier, kinder, looser)?

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Chair's BlogAnne Dixon
CPW in the Independent Catholic News

CPW hit the news this week with a full article in the Independent Catholic News written by CPW member Ellen Teague. Titled ‘Catholic Peoples Weeks getting underway for 2019’’, the article reports on our first event of 2019, as well as our forward-looking events for the year.

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Sarah Dixon
The Three Magic Words you Should Say this Valentine’s Day

CPW members Joy and Mike Wanless were recently invited to share what they had learnt during their 40 years of marriage at the Salford Diocesan Blessing for Engaged couples . With many couples present, they reminded the couples of the importance of spending time together and talked about the blessings of Catholic Peoples’ Weeks. This is Joy’s reflection on marriage, the importance of mutual support, and CPW.

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