Welcome to our Pentecost edition of
‘The God who Speaks’ – a newsletter brought to you by The God who Speaks Team at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. As you’ll see, we’ve changed our name to reflect our ongoing God who Speaks campaign. Below, you’ll find updates of news, events, resources and developments which we hope you’ll find beneficial for your continued engagement with the Bible – whether individually, as a family, as an online parish community, or to share the Scriptures more broadly. With every best wish, Bishop Peter M. Brignall, Chair, The God who Speaks Team.
PENTECOST SCRIPTURE (ESV) Acts 2.1-4 “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
ASCENSION and PENTECOST We’ve created some exciting new resources to help you journey through Ascension and Pentecost this year. A visual resource that uses four paintings of the Ascension and Pentecost alongside Scripture texts and reflections, designed to enrich your understanding of these two important events in the life of the Church and in our faith. A paper dove that you can make to hang in your window alongside your NHS rainbow; and be reminded of the covenant with Noah and the Ark as well as the new covenant in Christ which we share at Pentecost with the whole world. https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/focus/ For more Biblical paintings why not visit the National Gallery online and see the whole Christian story in paint. https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/
2020 CAMPAIGN UPDATES THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: So what’s He saying to us? We want your feedback on how the Corona virus is shaping our Catholic Church communities. What is God saying to us throughout this crisis? Go to – www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/receiving-from-the-god-who-speaks/ Please share your ideas, thoughts and concerns so that we can respond more effectively.
2020 CAMPAIGN UPDATES: The Word at Home Here are fun resources you can do in your home. Our range of Top 10s – www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/word-at-home/ Learn about self-isolation from the saints – www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/word-at-home/home-alone-with-st-jerome/ and many more articles, downloads, resources and news.
VIDEO of our ARTIST Our ‘God who Speaks’ commissioned artist – Pete Codling is busy creating his artwork, to be shown around dioceses next year as part of our Scripture Tours. Pete’s artwork is an ambitious polytych based entirely on the Bible and the key stories in the life of Christ and Mary. Watch this 3 minute video of his journey – https://youtu.be/OVSgp4hyRlM or for more information about Pete, his artwork and video – cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/art-and-culture/our-artist-for-the-year/
THE ANOINTED by Michael Arditti Arcadia Books Michal is a princess, Abigail a wealthy widow, and Bathsheba a soldier’s bride, but as women in Ancient Israel, their destiny is the same: to obey their fathers, serve their husbands and raise their children. Marriage to King David seems to offer them an escape, but they discover a deeply conflicted man. The hero who slew Goliath, founded Jerusalem and saved Israel is also a despot who murders his rivals, massacres his captives and menaces his harem. Arditti’s new novel centres on three fascinating women, whose voices have hitherto been silenced. Love, betrayal, rape, revenge, motherhood and childlessness remain pertinent issues today.
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