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Fri 21 Sep 2018 @ 14:45
RT @churchofenglandHow can your church get involved in #FollowTheStar, our 2018 Advent and Christmas campaign? https://t.co/GQatyeHQcd https://t.co/kTyrdP6Kwf
Author(s): Jan McFarlane, Paula Gooder, Nick Baines, John Kiddle, Stephen Cottrell
"For Advent, care for one another, care for our world. It's the only one we've got." - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, launching Ready Steady Slow in 2009. During Advent 2009, thousands of visitors to the Church of England's website enjoyed advice and inspiration on slowing down and leaving behind the pressures of December via the popular Why We Are Waiting campaign. Now, the benefits of the campaign are available to a wider audience with this handy pocket guide. It offers a daily practical tip to help you stay cool from December 1 to 24, as well as a reading, a prayer, a short reflection and a reference to an online video with a helpful message. Each day's content is based on a real observation relevant to the season. With contributions from popular figures in the Church of England - Paula Gooder, Stephen Cottrell, Nick Baines, Jan McFarlane and David Shreeve - Ready Steady Slow is essential reading for anyone who longs for a happy, stress-free and peaceful run-up to Christmas.
Full list of Contributors:
Nick Baines, Dave Bookless, Stephen Cottrell, Paula Gooder, James Jones, John Kiddle, Jan McFarlane, Roger Morris, Jonathan Sacks, John Saxbee, John Sentamu,David Shreeve, Tim Thornton
Jan McFarlane is Bishop of Repton in the Diocese of Derby. A former Speech and Language Therapist, she has served as Archdeacon of Norwich, Director of Communications, Chaplain to the Bishop of Norwich, Chaplain of Ely Cathedral and Curate in the Stafford Team Ministry. She has a life-long interest in communications and is Chair of the Sandford St Martin Trust, which seeks to promote excellence in religious broadcasting.
John Kiddle was Honorary Canon of St. Albans from 2005 until March 2010, when he was made a Residentiary Canon. He has been the Officer for Mission and Development for the Diocese of St. Albans from 2008. He has extensive experience as a parish priest in Watford and previously in the Diocese of Liverpool and has been involved for many years in developing mission strategy at parish, deanery and diocesan level. His post graduate study was in the area of faith development and change. He is passionate about mission and a keen supporter of Watford FC.
Nick Baines is the Bishop of Bradford. He is the Anglican co-chair of the Meissen Commission (which develops relations between the Church of England and the Evangelische Kirche in Germany), chair of the Sandford St. Martin Trust, and represents the Archbishop of Canterbury in international interfaith conferences. For many years he has regularly contributed to the media in the UK and beyond. He is a contributor to the Pilgrim course.
Paula Gooder is a freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical studies, a Reader in the Church of England and an honorary Canon Theologian at Birmingham and Guildford Cathedrals.
John Kiddle is Canon Missioner of St Albans Diocese.
'A thoughtful encouragement for restoring some perspective to Christmas ... The text from various contributors is pithy and thought-provoking.' - Catherine Larner