21/10/2011Student Refections on Summer Placements
Placements are at the heart of ministerial and theological formation here at Wesley Study Centre, Durham, because practical theology is rooted in reflection on experience of ministry. A wide variety of placements are offered to student ministers offering opportunities to work alongside churches, training institutions and community projects, across a wide range of contexts. These placements give students invaluable insights as they prepare for ministry, provide important opportunities for cross-cultural engagement, and create vital links on both local and international levels, where shared learning can take place. For full article and to read student reflections click on link: Student Reflections on Summer Placements
26/09/2011Excellence, breadth, depth, and diversity: Wesley Study Centre, Durham and Cranmer Hall praised by Inspection
St John’s College/Durham University News
David Wilkinson (Principal of St John’s College) said, “The Wesley Study Centre is a remarkable place, as this report demonstrates. Imaginative and cutting edge and yet the most embedded into a world class University of any Methodist institution.” Complete Press release
8 September 2011–9 September 2011
Over 140 people gathered at St John’s College, Durham University for ‘Making Connections’ Exploring Diaconal Ministry, a major international ecumenical conference held in September. The conference brought speakers and guests together from various denominations to explore the renewed interest in diaconal ministry and its potential contribution to the wider church and society.
The event included a presentation and discussion of emerging findings from a two-year research project exploring Good Practice in Diaconal Ministry in the Methodist Church of Great Britain, led by Dr Andrew Orton of Durham University and funded by the Methodist Church of Great Britain. Leading experts, including Dr Paula Gooder and the Rev Dr Maurice Staton addressed the conference on themes such as the historical, biblical, denominational and contemporary understanding of diaconal ministry.
Former Vice-President of the Methodist Conference Deacon Eunice Attwood spoke about understandings of diaconal ministry in a Connexional Church, and the Rev Canon Professor Paul Avis explored the reconstruction of the diaconate within ecumenical dialogue. Dr John N Collins gave a public lecture as part of the conference on ‘The Ties that Bind: Deacons Today in the Light of Yesteryear’, which addressed the diversity of deacons’ roles across the ecumenical spectrum.
Conference Recordings available to download: