Kate (Parish Assistant 15/16 sends Christmas Greetings from Queen’s, Birmingham
I have completed my first term at Queen’s and have ended term with a huge smile on my face!
It’s been a time of meeting new friends and linking with old. There has been lots of new learning and I’m pleased to say that it turns out that I’m not a heretic! One of the strengths of Queen’s is its huge diversity. The college trains Anglicans, Methodist, other denominations and independent students from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This brings a tremendously rich experience into our learning and teaches us a much wider perspective. My time at St C’s was certainly good preparation!
A great learning highlight was a visit from Rabbi Natan Levy, as part of a module on Christian/ Jewish Relations. He taught us how Jews study the scriptures. Put simply Jews have a Havruta; a study buddy and they meet together to study scripture and they argue and squabble it out…..loudly!! It was a wonderful and fresh insight and very different way of learning. It also left some interesting questions about how Jesus related to the Sadducees and Pharisees when discussing scripture.
Term ended last week with a celebration and Christmas entertainment. We were delighted by 3 of our students performing carols from their home in India. I took part in a song called the Anglican Ladies and I played the vicar. My tutor kindly lent me the necessary clothing; it was pretty scary wearing a clerical collar for the first time, I can tell you!
I recently preached on baptism and in a year of so much heartache, violence and hatred, it seems all the more important that we continue to shine brightly as a light in the world demonstrating God’s love in our communities.
Wishing you all at St Chrysostom’s, a blessed and peaceful Christmas and a New Year full of hope.
Love and prayers