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Perham-Shaped Worship 2020

  • Course Dates: Fri 28 February 2020, 3:00 pm to Sat 29 February 2020, 4:00 pm

This symposium is an invitation to consider the remarkably rich and diverse influence of the late Bishop Michael Perham upon worship in the Church of England.

In this public forum, speakers with first-hand experience of Michael’s ministry will address issues such as nurturing worship in the parish, liturgical leadership, the formation of praying people, and liturgical revision.

Session Titles & Contributors

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Praying and Practising the Liturgy: Inhabiting the Eucharist with Tom Clammer

Tom Clammer served his title in a suburban parish in the city of Gloucester before becoming incumbent of seven rural villages in Gloucestershire. In 2012 he was installed as Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral, a post which he held until Advent 2018. During this time he was awarded his PhD in Liturgical Studies, which focussed on how the Church of England expresses its doctrine of evil in the public worship of the church. During 2019 he is focusing on developing a teaching ministry, and several writing projects. He lives in Salisbury with his wife Emma, who teaches in Eastleigh.

Inclusive Worship: Women and Children in Liturgy with Sandra Millar

Sandra Millar is Head of Life Events for the Church of England, looking widely at how the church engages those who come for weddings, funerals, and christenings. Previously she has worked as the Children and Families Adviser in the Gloucester Diocese where she worked with Michael Perham and also sat on the Diocesan Worship and Spirituality Committee.

The Extra-ordinarization of the Mundane: Encounters Between Liturgy & Leadership with Tim Harle

Tim Harle is Coordinator for the Centre for Leadership Learning and Programme Leader for the MA in Christian Approaches to Leadership at Sarum College. He is a Visiting Fellow at Bristol Business School and has served as a Lay Canon on the Chapter of Bristol Cathedral and the Bristol Diocesan Liturgy Committee. Tim is a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) in the multi-parish benefice where he lives in rural North Wiltshire. He is a member of the British Academy of Management and the Alcuin Club.

Liturgy in Flux: New Anglican Voices with Mary Gray-Reeves (relayed by video)

Mary Gray-Reeves has for the past 12 years served as Bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real in the United States of America. In early 2020 she takes up a new appointment as as the managing director of the Episcopalian College of Bishops in the USA. Bishop Mary co-authored The Hospitality of God: Emerging Worship for a Missional Church (London: SPCK, 2011) with Michael Perham.  She continues to urge dynamism in the inherited church, seeking to strengthen our offering amidst a social fabric that is rapidly changing and increasingly blind to those who live emotionally or physically on life’s edge. “Church” as bearer of Christ-centered communities of love, inclusion and justice remain a predominant theme of her leadership in the church.

Michael Perham as Pastoral Liturgist With James Steven

James Steven is Academic Dean and Coordinator for the Centre for Liturgy and Worship at Sarum College. He has a longstanding interest in and experience of liturgical education and involved Michael Perham in the work of the Centre following Michael’s retirement from Gloucester.

Michael Perham on the Liturgical Commission With David Hebblethwaite

David Hebblethwaite served with the Church Commissioners 1966-2002, seconded as Private Secretary to the Secretary General of General Synod 1977-79. He was seconded to General Synod Secretariat 1984-2002 including Secretaryship of Liturgical Commission and Synod Liturgical Business. He holds a Diploma in Liturgy and Architecture (Birmingham University) and was awarded the O.B.E in 2001.

Liturgical Training in the Churchof England With The Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury

The Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury is Canon Precentor at Portsmouth Cathedral, a member of the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission and Chair of Praxis – a national group that seeks to encourage excellence in worship. Previously she served for 15 years in three parish posts in the diocese of St Albans. She was asked by Bishop Michael to take over from him and chair the Modern Church 2017 conference on ‘Ritual, Worship and Culture’, once Michael knew he would no longer be able to fulfil this commitment himself.

Unfortunately David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster, who was due to offer concluding reflections on the Symposium, is not able to attend.

Grasping the Heel of Heaven: Liturgy, Leadership and Ministry in Today’s Church (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2017)

Conversation with authors of the book that honours the legacy of Michael Perham to the church.

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Please note that the timings of this symposium have changed from earlier publicity.

Course Details

Fri 28 February 2020, 3:00 pm
Sat 29 February 2020, 4:00 pm
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Tom Clammer; Mary Gray-Reeves; Tim Harle; David Hoyle; Sandra Millar and James Steven.
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Please Note:
The timings of this symposium have changed from earlier publicity.
Course Price:
£115 non-residential; £165 residential (Friday lunch can be booked for £10.50 extra)