This week finds me down in Cambridge in my other job working with future church ministers. I was in a meeting today where the wall next to me was adorned by a picture of this wonderfully whiskered cleric. The identity of this victorian gent is Bishop Westcott, the founder of the college here after whom it was named after his death.
In different ways the college attempts to follow his “rule of life” embracing the best from different spiritual giants, and it’s good to imagine him cheering us on.
"We want a rule which shall answer to the complexity of our own age. We want a discipline which shall combine the sovereignty of soul of Antony, the social devotion of Benedict, the humble love of Francis, and the matchless energy of the Jesuits…”
Brooke Foss Westcott, A Disciplined Life (1868)
The college is currently undertaking a building project, and just today we heard that we had just received a 7-figure donation from Hong Kong to fund reconciliation work and studies, currently another need in our complex world.
This coming Sunday at our own church at Brunswick we’re going to be having a party. We’ll be acknowledging the support and help that previous and current saints of the faith have been to us as church and individuals as we celebrate All Saints Day. In addition, as the official giving period for our Refurb project comes to an end (tho’ of course belated gifts will continue to be welcome), we’ll be giving thanks to God for His generosity and that of others both near and far!
Do please come and join us, both in church and for the party afterwards. It’s our bring and share lunch afterwards so if you are able to, don’t forget to bring party food along too!