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Events - March 2009

St BenedictAnother month another lecture on the need for a Christian response to climate change. But the Ebor lectures should be worth paying attention to. The series has been jointly organised by York Minster, York St John University, The York Institute for Community Theology, The Carmelites and The Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire and the Humber. The venture attempts to relate theology with public issues in contemporary society. It also acts as an ecumenical project, which wishes to build bridges between various faith communities.
On March 25 The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Doctor Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury will be speaking on Renewing the Face of the Earth: Human Responsibility and the Environment. The event takes place at York Minster at 7.30pm. Tickets are free but it is necessary to book; contact or write to: Ebor lectures, School of Education and Theology, York St John University College, Lord Mayor's Walk, York YO31 7EX.

Benedict of Nursia (c480-550) wrote for of a group of monks living together in rural Italy. So what possible use could his teachings be 1,500 years later in an increasingly urbanised world? The rule of Saint Benedict: A Mirror for Contemporary Culture is a weekend course to be held at Sarum College that will explain precisely.
Wil Derkse, an oblate of St Willibrord's Abbey in The Netherlands, will take you through the monastic virtues of stability, restraint in speech, humility, the cultivation of labour and study, frugality and respect - attitudes at odds with contemporary culture, yet attractive to it.
The course costs £135 for non-residents or up to £259 if you'd prefer to stay. To book contact Sarum College on 01722 424800;;

According to the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity, 'A worldwide movement of Christians is re-discovering the vocational call to business and a specific "anointing for business" that seeks the transformation of society'. On March 6/7 join Charles McLachlan for a two-day conference entitled Anointed for the Marketplace - Kingdom Dynamics for the World of Work and Business and discover how business can be a tool through which you can serve God.
The event takes place in Manchester, not London. To book, download a form at www. or call 020 7399 9555.