JUBILEE UPDATES & NEWSLETTERS, 2003


JUBILEE UPDATE 162
Feast of St Pio (Padre Pio), 23rd September 2003

DATES

The Christ the King Lecture and AGM will be at St John's Church, Bethnal Green (next to Bethnal Green Underground, Central Line) on Saturday 22nd November at 11am. Ken Leech will speak about the past, present and (possible) future of Jubilee.

PUBLICATIONS BY JUBILEE AUTHORS

John Orens and Judith Pinnington are two of the Jubilee Group's most distinguished historians.

John's Columbia doctorate on Stewart Headlam had already been finished when he gave two magisterial papers in Bethnal Green in 1977 on the centenary of the founding of the Guild of St Matthew. (We still have what seems like millions of copies of his paper The Mass, the Masses and the Music Hall:Stewart Headlam's radical Anglicanism This is also the title of the thesis, a copy of which is in Tower Hamlets Central Library in Bancroft Road, London E1. Ask for Chris Lloyd, the local history librarian. Write to us for the paper.) His book, Stewart Headlam's Radical Anglicanism, based on the thesis, ihas just been published by the University of Illinois Press.

Judith Pinnington's Anglicans and Orthodox: unity and subversion 1559-1725 is published by Gracewing at £14.99 gracewing@aol.com It is a major work on a little researched phase.

John Rowe has edited a booklet Epitaphs for William in memory of William McCrossan, 'Liturgical William', who was so helpful to many of us. You can get it from John at 10 Cordelia Street, London E14 6DZ john_rowe1923@yahoo.co.uk Send £2.50

Andrew Deuchar (St Peter's Rectory, Nottingham, NG1 6GB 0115 947 4891) has edited a book in memory of our dear friend Nadir Dinshaw. All royalties for the book go to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, one of the organisations that Nadir most passionately and generously supported. There will be an official launch of the book, and Archbishop Rowan has agreed that it should be at Lambeth Palace on Monday 3rd November at lunchtime.

MISCELLANEOUS

David Smith in The Observer (14th September) tells us that Monica Ali wanted 'Seven Seas and Thirteen Rivers' as the title of her novel which has appeared, and been highly praised, as Brick Lane. In fact, there is an excellent history of the Bengali community in Britain by the late Caroline Adams, the first youth worker to work entirely with Bengali youth, called Across Seven Seas and Thirteen Rivers. . Smith also suggests that the words 'Brick Lane' may mean nothing to Americans. There is in fact a very good restaurant at 342 East 6th Street, New York called Brick Lane. I have tried to persuade them to publicise themselves. So far there is no explanation of the name till you get inside. They just assume British people will be wandering through the Lower East Side and will know! Ken

Ken Leech is trying -not very successfully- to clear his flat as the end of the work at St Botolph's draws near. There are lots of Jubilee pamphlets and others which need selling, or otherwise removing. If you can't afford to pay, you can still have them, though a donation would be helpful. The following may interest people.

The Joy of the Journey This is the history of 21 years of UNLEASH (United London Ecumenical

Action with the Single Homeless £7.60 (Cheques to UNLEASH).

Ken Leech, Care and Conflict:leaves from a pastoral notebook Darton, Longman and Todd 1990 £10.95 Been out of print for some time but some copies left.

Ken Leech, The Sky Is Red, DLT £14.95.

William Young et al, Faithful Cross, -history of Holy Cross Church, Cromer Street, £9.95

More will be added in later Updates.

Cheques to the Jubilee Group for Jubilee stuff, and to St Botolph's Christendom Fund for other things if possible. (Exceptions noted above).

ANGLICAN LEFT

This note from the organiser of Anglican Left may amuse you:

In the light of sensitivities and timing in relation to the current debates in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion, I have reluctantly declined to include a link to Manchester Cathedral. The Anglo-Catholic Socialism website regards the Cathedral Chapter and the Bishop's Senior Staff as a legitimate Christian organisation, and wish them well in whatever it is they think they are committed to. -- Ted Mellor, Los Angeles

Material for Jubilee Newsletters and Updates should be sent to Fr Ken Leech, St Botolph's Church, Aldgate, London EC3 N 1AB ( 020 7377 0721) or kenleech@aol.com


JUBILEE UPDATE 160

Feast of the Transfiguration 6th August 2003

The coincidence of the Feast of the Transfiguration with the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 brought out the horrifying contrast and conflict between the promise of sharing the glory of God and the evil cloud of cosmic disfiguration which symbolises our post-Holocaust and post-nuclear world. The alliance between a mutant of Christianity and the politics of destruction is still all too much with us in the aftermath of Iraq. It is deeply and sadly ironic that it is at this moment that, perhaps for the first time in many years, a Labour Prime Minister has almost uncritically swallowed the neo-conservative agenda of the US president whom Sir Michael Howard, in a classic Freudian slip, called 'Tony Bush'. Let us, on this feast, commit ourselves to the glory of God and the glory of all human persons made in God's image and shining with God's light. -- Ken Leech

PUBLICATIONS BY JUBILEE AUTHORS John Orens and Judith Pinnington are two of the Jubilee Group's most distinguished historians. John's Columbia doctorate on Stewart Headlam had already been finished when he gave two magisterial papers in Bethnal Green in 1977 on the centenary of the founding of the Guild of St Matthew. (We still have what seems like millions of copies of his paper The Mass, the Masses and the Music Hall:Stewart Headlam's radical Anglicanism This is also the title of the thesis, a copy of which is in Tower Hamlets Central Library in Bancroft Road, London E1. Ask for Chris Lloyd, the local history librarian. Write to us for the paper.) His book, based on the thesis, is to be published by the University of Illinois Press in September. More details when we have them.

Judith Pinnington's Anglicans and Orthodox: unity and subversion 1559-1725 is published by Gracewing at £14.99 gracewing@aol.com It is a major work on a little researched phase.

John Rowe has edited a booklet Epitaphs for William in memory of William McCrossan, 'Liturgical William', who was so helpful to many of us. You can get it from John at 10 Cordelia Street, London E14 6DZ john_rowe1923@yahoo.co.uk Send £2.50

Andrew Deuchar (St Peter's Rectory, Nottingham, NG1 6GB 0115 947 4891) has edited a book in memory of our dear friend Nadir Dinshaw. All royalties for the book go to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, one of the organisations that Nadir most passionately and generously supported. There will be an official launch of the book, and Archbishop Rowan has agreed that it should be at Lambeth Palace on Monday 3rd November at lunchtime.

Bernard Markwell

While on the subject of distinguished historians, Bernard Markwell has died in Pennsylvania. He wrote The Anglican Left, a study of three Anglican socialists in the USA -Fr Huntington, OHC, W D Porter Bliss, and Vida Scudder - with a long introduction on the British background. Some years ago Bernie and I spoke at a conference on Anglican social thought at a remote retreat centre in Michigan, and we got lost in a wood. There were no signs, but it would not have helped as we had no idea where we were anyway. After some hours we bumped into Cyril and Marjorie Powles who had also got lost. We eventually got back, but not before we had shared a vision of three streams of Anglican social thought -one deriving from Maurice via Headlam and Noel (my subject), one in the USA (Bernie's subject) and one from Hastings Smyth and the Canadian SCM (Cyril and Marjorie's)- all fusing and disappearing from human eyes in the Michigan woods, and some American student writing a doctorate on us all.

Fr Gresham Kirkby

Fr Gresham kept his Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of ordination to the priesthood on Saturday 21st June at St Mary's Church, Bourne Street, London. Gresham was a founder member of the Jubilee Group -and suggested its name- and a key figure in the anti-nuclear movement in the 1950s. .

Reconciliation through economic change
Sharon Sheridan, Convention Daily, posted 1st August 2003

For Archbishop Njongonlulu Ndungane of Cape Town, global reconciliation means addressing a worldwide economic system that devalues human life and contradicts Christian belief and witness.

The gap between rich and poor is "a devastating chasm" that is "continuing to widen," said the primate of the Province of Southern Africa, a speaker at "God's Mission in a Global Perspective," a July 31 forum hosted by Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold. In South Africa, for example, 60 percent of people - 27 percent of them employed - live "below a very miserly poverty line," he said. Six hundred die daily of AIDS- related diseases.

Worldwide, poverty levels, spending on prisons and the incidence of homelessness, crime, child abandonment, drug abuse and other social ills have increased in every country, he said. "That has happened at the same time that new technology has increased the wealth available to the world by something like 200 to 300 percent. "This matters, of course, to all of us as citizens," he said. "To Christians, it goes to the heart of our prophetic mission in the world. It contradicts what we know to be the character of humanity as revealed in Jesus Christ. The economy in which people live is extremely influential in the way they are able to live together as the kingdom of God on Earth.

"If people are forced through the social and economic system to compete against each other at all costs, they lose the sense and value of community. If people lose their self-respect because they are treated with contempt, if children are not lovingly cared for, if men and women are deprived of the opportunity to work with meaning and pride, then they will fall prey to drugs, to crime and other means to ease the pain. If poverty forces people to leave their families in poor and rural areas and to compete at the expense of others in inhuman conditions, they lose the vision that God has set before us. If our system of political equality creates scarcity despite the abundance that God has given us, we are throwing God's gift back in God's face.

"It is for the church," he concluded, "to explain this connection between our aspiration for the reign of God or God's kingdom that we pray for in the Lord's Prayer and the realities of pain and suffering in the world. We need to affirm the deep and urgent longing that people feel for the poor to hear the good news." Ndungane condemned systems of power that let rich countries decide "that repaying foreign debts taken out generations ago is more important than human life." He criticized those systems for allowing rich countries to insist that poor countries open their markets and cut agricultural subsidies while not doing these things themselves. Current systems allow countries to "commit millions of dollars to Iraq and war against it," while spending little to fight AIDS and other problems.

"All this is not only incompatible with Christian belief and witness, it flies in the face and makes a mockery of what we preach," he said. "We preach Scripture that tells us that nothing is more important than human life, not even repayment of a loan. We preach the poor have the same dignity as the rich and should have the same voice and the means of survival."

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But one comrade from Jubilee South Africa (JSA) comments 'What I find with Archbishop Ndungane is "soft theology" - easy reference to following Jesus and all that. What is severely lacking is a more comprehensive liberation theology that should become pronounced amplifying the ethics of Jubilee economics.

Material for Jubilee Newsletters and Updates should be sent to Fr Ken Leech, St Botolph's Church, Aldgate, London EC3 N 1AB ( 020 7377 0721) or kenleech@aol.com


JUBILEE UPDATE 159
Ascension to Pentecost 2003

Thou hast raised our human nature in the clouds to God's right hand.
There we sit in heavenly places, there with thee in glory stand.
Jesus reigns adored by angels, God with man is on the throne.
Mighty Lord in thine Ascension we by faith behold our own.

-Christopher Wordsworth

DATES

Fr Gresham Kirkby keeps his Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of ordination to the priesthood on Saturday 21st June at 4 30pm at St Mary's Church, Bourne Street, London SW1 (near Sloane Square station). Gresham was a founder member of the Jubilee Group and a key figure in the anti-nuclear movement in the 1950s. Please come or pray or both.

Ordinations of Jubilee people

Sara Fishcer, deacon, Portland, Oregon, 14th June.
Louis Darrant, deacon, Southwark, 29th June.
Simon Hewitt-Horsman, priest, First Mass at St Faith's. Havant, Sunday 29th June at 6pm
Bernd Sixtus, deacon, St George's, Paris, 5th July

MISCELLANEOUS

The New Statesperson reported on 19th May that a Surrey vicar has invented an inflatable church with blow up organ, altar, pulpit, etc and pews to fit 60 people. They suggested that this might be developed into inflatable polling stations, House of Commons, and (for Tony Blair's benefit in avoiding too much decision making) an inflatable cabinet. Other ideas?

Iraq and WMD

Jack Straw, the British Foreign Secretary, says: 'Whether or not we are able to find one third of one petrol tanker in a country twice the size of France remains to be seen' (The Independent, 17th May 2003). In fact, Iraq is 438,317 sq kms, France is 551,500 sq kms. Is he perhaps looking in the wrong country? Maybe Tony Blair will solve it on his visit.

Saving Private Lynch: Take 2 by Robert Scheer, AlterNet, May 20, 2003

Since the publication in the Los Angeles Times and on AlterNet on Tuesday, controversy has erupted over its subject matter, with Fox News and others saying that Scheer and the BBC are "anti-American" and not to be believed. In the 1998 film "Wag the Dog," political operatives employ special editing techniques to create phony footage that will engender public sympathy for a manufactured war. Now we find that in 2003 the real-life Pentagon's ability and willingness to manipulate the facts make Hollywood's story lines look tame.

After a thorough investigation, the BBC has presented a shocking dissection of the "heroic" rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch, as reported by the U.S. military and a breathless American press. "Her story is one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived," the BBC concluded - the polite British way of saying "liar, liar, pants on fire." Though the Bush administration's shamelessly trumped-up claims about Iraq's alleged ties to Al Qaeda and 9/11 and its weapons of mass destruction take the cake for deceitful propaganda - grand strategic lies that allow the United States' seizure of Iraq's oil to appear to be an act of liberation - the sad case of Lynch's exploitation at the hands of military spinners illustrates that the truth once again was a casualty of war. Lynch, who says she has no memory of the events in question, has suffered enough in the line of duty without being reduced to a propaganda pawn.

Sadly, almost nothing fed to reporters about either Lynch's original capture by Iraqi forces or her "rescue" by U.S. forces turns out to be true. Consider the April 3 Washington Post story on her capture headlined "She Was Fighting to the Death," which reported, based on unnamed military sources, that Lynch "continued firing at the Iraqis even after she sustained multiple gunshot wounds," adding that she was also stabbed when Iraqi forces closed in.

It has since emerged that Lynch was neither shot nor stabbed, but rather suffered accident injuries when her vehicle overturned. A medical checkup by U.S. doctors confirmed the account of the Iraqi doctors, who said they had carefully tended her injuries, a broken arm and thigh and a dislocated ankle, in contrast to U.S. media reports that doctors had ignored Lynch.

Another report spread by news organizations nationwide claimed Lynch was slapped by an Iraqi security guard, and the U.S. military later insisted that an Iraqi lawyer witnessed this incident and informed them of Lynch's whereabouts. His credibility as a source, however, is difficult to verify because he and his family were whisked to the U.S., where he was immediately granted political asylum and has refused all interview requests. His future was assured, with a job with a lobbying firm run by former Republican Rep. Bob Livingstone that represents the defense industry, and a $500,000 book contract with HarperCollins, a company owned by Rupert Murdoch, whose Fox network did much to hype Lynch's story, as it did the rest of the war.

But where the manipulation of this saga really gets ugly is in the premeditated manufacture of the rescue itself, which stains those who have performed real acts of bravery, whether in war or peacetime. Eight days after her capture, American media trumpeted the military's story that Lynch was saved by Special Forces that stormed the hospital and, in the face of heavy hostile fire, managed to scoop her up and helicopter her out. However, according to the BBC, which interviewed the hospital's staff, the truth appears to be that not only had Iraqi forces abandoned the area before the rescue effort but that the hospital's staff had informed the U.S. of this and made arrangements two days before the raid to turn Lynch over to the Americans. "But as the ambulance, with Pvt. Lynch inside, approached the checkpoint, American troops opened fire, forcing it to flee back to the hospital. The Americans had almost killed their prize catch," the BBC reported.

"We were surprised," Dr. Anmar Uday told the BBC about the supposed rescue. "There was no military, there were no soldiers in the hospital. It was like a Hollywood film. [The U.S. forces] cried 'Go, go, go,' with guns and blanks without bullets, blanks and the sound of explosions," Uday said. "They made a show for the American attack on the hospital - [like] action movies [starring] Sylvester Stallone or Jackie Chan." The footage from the raid, shot not by journalists but by soldiers with night-vision cameras, was fed in real time to the central command in Qatar. The video was artfully edited by the Pentagon and released as proof that a battle to free Lynch had occurred when it had not. This fabrication has already been celebrated by an A&E; special and will soon be an NBC movie. The Lynch rescue story - a made-for-TV bit of official propaganda - will probably survive as the war's most heroic moment, despite proving as fictitious as the stated rationales for the invasion itself. If the movies, books and other renditions of "saving Private Lynch" were to be honestly presented, it would expose this caper as merely one in a series of egregious lies marketed to us by the Bush administration. If anyone is interested in reading more about what really happened to Jessica Lynch, there's an article -- "The Truth about Jessica" by John Kampfner -- that was published in The Guardian on May 15th.

PUBLICATIONS

It is good to see the appearance in general publication of Mark D Chapman, The Coming Crisis: the impact of eschatology on theology in Edwardian England, Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 208, Sheffield Academic Press 2001. It looks at Harnack, Sanday, and Loisy, then at Weiss and Schweitzer, F C Burkitt, and Figgis and Chapter 7 is on George Tyrrell. Jubilee people will know Mark for his small book on Noel and Thaxted Material for Jubilee Newsletters and Updates should be sent to Fr Ken Leech, St Botolph's Church, Aldgate, London EC3 N 1AB ( 020 7377 0721) or kenleech@aol.com


JUBILEE UPDATE 158
Paschal Season 2003

'Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life' -Orthodox Easter Vigil chant

ST MARY'S CABLE STREET E1
THE 153rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH is on Thursday 22 MAY 2003 at 7.00 pm SOLEMN MASS Preacher: Fr David Houlding SSC For further details, please ring Fr Peter McGeary on 020 7790 0973 St Mary's is on the corner of Cable St and Johnson St, E1 Shadwell Undergound/DLR: 3 minutes' walk

Jeremiah Robinson, Circulation/Resource Center Intern, Sojourners Magazine, 800-714-7474 2401 15th St NW Washington, DC 20009 Hi. I'm Jeremiah. I work for Sojourners Magazine. This listserv is a cool thing. I haven't gotten used to how it works yet, but I'm going to try and post this anyway. So, if you're reading me, it worked. Here's a little announcement from us that I hope some of you find interesting. Let me know what you think. love, pray, walk, vote. What do you think about Sojourners Magazine making Sunday Church Bulletin Inserts? Sojourners is trying to break through the pew barrier. That is, we're trying to overcome the problem of always supplying resources to pastors and trying to get them out to regular church folks as well. To accomplish this, we've started thinking about offering our spiritual and political commentary in a new format - monthly church bulletin inserts. In an insert, we would take a current world event or topic, offer an article discussing it from a social-justice Christian perspective, then offer a few ways that church people could get involved if they wanted to. We are having a focus group soon to discuss the idea. If you are a person with actual church bulletin inserting authority, and you live in the DC area, please come visit us. We will provide a light meal, comfortable chairs, a copy of Living the Word (our lectionary commentary), and a free subscription or gift subscription to Sojourners magazine. Altogether, the event will last an hour and a half. The Date and Time: Thursday, May 22nd from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Our address and phone number: 2401 15th St NW Washington, DC 20009 800-714-7474 x237 We're located at the corner of 15th St. and Chapin St. in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC, across from Malcolm X Park. Please call if you need further directions. We would love to see you. Please let me know if you're interested. Also, if you have ideas, comments, or suggestions, or if you think that your church might be interested in bulletin inserts, please email or call me. The number is above. Ask for Jeremiah. My email is jrobinson@sojo.net. I'd love to talk with you. Take care.

PUBLICATIONS

It is good to see the appearance in general publication of Mark D Chapman, "The Coming Crisis: the impact of eschatology on theology in Edwardian England", Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 208, Sheffield Academic Press 2001. It looks at Harnack, Sanday, and Loisy, then at Weiss and Schweitzer, F C Burkitt, and Figgis and Chapter 7 is on George Tyrrell. Jubilee people will know Mark for his small book on Noel and Thaxted

JOURNALS

The third issue of The Mustard Seed has appeared. It can be obtained from Patrick Doyle, 6 Wellesley Avenue, Hull HU6 7LW. It reflects on social theology mainly from a RC social encyclicals angle. Pat was leader of Hull Council for many years.

Michael Tyldsley, 'Jack Bucknall: a particular kind of socialist', Labour History Review 67:2 (August 202) gives a valuable account of this member of the Catholic Crusade.

MINIMUM WAGE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

I was pleased, yet, in the light of history, depressed to see that in the early years of the Christian Social Union, Scott Holland and others developed a concept of the livable wage and of affordable housing as an 'almost religious duty' (Arthur Sherwell, The Commonwealth, May 1897, p 140).

ALAN SHADWICK

Alan died on 14th April. He had been the news editor and gossip columnist of the Church Times for many years, a committed pacifist and supporter of Jubilee. People may remember him from the CT under the names of Squirrel Nutkin and Pennyfields.

REQUESTS

From Sue White, Thyme Square, Kings Nympton, North Devon, UK Hello Ken, Thought you might like to hear about our CD produced in aid of child victims of war, terrorism and violence. I got so upset and felt impotent about the war that dreamed up the CD. There are Blues, Rock and Folk that I've recorded going back twenty years.It's been produced by Dave, a chap who has lived in my shed for three years and his disabled brother. 2 tracks were also recorded (in the shed) by him! Chris Ayliffe used to live in Soho and was Jaqui McShee's boyfriend and plays with John Renbourne, Ralph McTell etc. You may have met him. It's called Dayspring and so far we have raised 70 although its main launch is on May Bank Holiday w/e.The main recipients will be the Red Cross/Red Crescent and UNICEF Disaster Funds. I also plan to hand over a donation to the Imam in Exeter. It costs 5 50 and we think it's worth it! Please contact Sue and get it. Some of you will remember Sue who sang at my 40th anniversary Mass at St Botolph's in 1998.

Robert Morrell , 43 Eugene Gardens, Nottingham NG23LF (e-mail; rmorrell1@ntlworld.com) is researching the life of F A Ridley. Please contact him if you have information,

anglocatholicsocialism.org Visitors to the site in January 2003 totalled 8,545, up from 5,155 a year ago.

Material for Jubilee Newsletters and Updates should be sent to Fr Ken Leech, St Botolph's Church, Aldgate, London EC3 N 1AB ( 020 7377 0721) or kenleech@aol.com


JUBILEE UPDATE 157
Pascha 2003

'Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life' -Orthodox Easter Vigil chant

MAY DAY
Several things are happening on May Day, Thursday 1st May. In the City of London, Just Share has a service at St Mary-le-Bow with the Bishop of London and others at 1.05pm, followed by a rally at St Botolph's, Bishopsgate (next to Liverpool Street station) at 2 45pm. In Hoxton, in East London, there will be a liturgy at St Monica's Church, 19 Hoxton Square, N1 (near Old Street station) at 7.30pm. Details from Alan Everett 020 7249 4440. In Bellingham, South London, there will be a May Day Mass for the Feast of Christ the Worker, at S. Dunstan's, Bellingham at 7.15pm. Travel details and further info from Fr Paul Butler, St Dunstan's Vicarage, 32 Bellingham Green, Bellingham, London, SE6 3JB phone 0208 6983291 (The church is 5 minutes walk from Bellingham Train Station) In Los Angeles, Michael Robinson tells us that there is to be a Poetry Reading for Peace at the Parish of St. Mary in Palms. Peace Pieces, a free evening of verse featuring poems from Poets Against the War, starts at 7.15 pm on Thursday, May 1 (following its regular 6.30pm service for peace). The reading, along with others held throughout the world on the day, is in celebration of the 11,000 poetic voices worldwide who contributed to the web site poetsagainstthewar.org and its first anthology published by Nation Books, Poets Against the War. It culminates St. Mary's Lenten Poems for Peace Sunday event. St. Mary in Palms, an Anglican/ Episcopal community for peace, is located at 3647 Watseka Avenue, two blocks north of Venice Blvd, between Hughes and Bagley. For further information, contact Michael Robinson by phone at (310) 409-9656 or by e-mail at peacepiecesnow@yahoo.com. There may be other things -let us know.

ALAN SHADWICK
Alan died on 14th April. He had been the news editor and gossip columnist of the Church Times for many years, a committed pacifist and supporter of Jubilee. People may remember him from the CT under the names of Squirrel Nutkin and Pennyfields. There is a Funeral Mass at St Botolph's, Aldgate on Tuesday 29th at 2pm.

JOURNALS
The third issue of The Mustard Seed has appeared. It can be obtained from Patrick Doyle, 6 Wellesley Avenuie, Hull HU6 7LW. It reflects on social theology mainly from a RC social encyclicals angle. Pat was leader of Hull Council for many years. Michael Tyldsley, 'Jack Bucknall: a particular kind of socialist', Labour History Review 67:2 (August 202) gives a valuable account of this member of the Catholic Crusade.

LEEDS CHRISTIANS AGAINST THE WAR
19 March 2003

"Rather than stand before you I prefer to kneel not to the authority of this court but to the authority of God, who is the creator of the universe and the lover of our souls. I call on us all here to kneel either physically or in our hearts before God and to join with me in prayer at this time of crisis for our world. Let us pray for the people of Iraq that they may know the love and mercy of God as bombs reign down on their land and homes. And let us pray for forgiveness and mercy on our nation as it partakes in a blasphemous, immoral and criminal war. From the demonic waste of war and of preparation for war: Good Lord Deliver us"

Leeds vicar Ray Gaston today fell to his knees in court and called upon all present to join him in prayer for mercy on the people of Iraq and forgiveness for our nation. Following his arrest last October for peacefully obstructing the highway during an anti-war demonstration, Fr. Gaston was in court to hear the date of his trial. As Fr. Gaston knelt in court this morning and sang the prayer "Kyrie Eleison", a member of his congregation at All Hallows, Hyde Park, Leeds, read out a poem by Lisa Suhair Majaj called Arguments against the bombing. Others from the church and from Leeds Christians against the War joined with him from the public gallery in praying the Kyrie which in English means "Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy". Fr Gaston and the 15 members of Leeds Christians against the war were eventually ejected from the court building. Outside they concluded the time of prayer with The Lord's Prayer.

Julie Greenan, Churchwarden at All Hallows and member of Leeds Christians against the War, said: 'The Kyrie is an ancient Greek prayer of repentance. We must turn away from the evil of war and seek to promote life for all people. Our opposition to the war is rooted in faith and prayer. We condemn the evil perpetrated by the Iraqi regime, but we also hold to account the imperialist structures that inflict the daily violence of poverty and injustice on oppressed people throughout the world and is promoting a culture of fear. War is not the answer. It is barbarism. Violence will never overcome violence. We must outlaw the very notion of war and channel all our energy and ingenuity towards militant non-violence, in the tradition of Jesus and Gandhi. We must find ways to act not from fear but from love.

MISCELLANEOUS
I see that the Diocese of London did a series of talks on the Sacrament of Penance during Holy Week with five priests speaking -all male. Do they think female priests don't hear confessions? There is a good piece on this by Alma Servant, Rector of The Ascension, Hulme, in the Jubilee pamphlet Magnificat: reflecting women priests, obtainable from us.

BUSH, CHENEY AND THE CHURCH
American comrade Kerry Walters writes: 'I thought folks might be heartened to ear this. A friend who works with me at the Center for Nonviolent Living, a retired United Methodist pastor, just told me that he's sending a letter to the Methodist presiding bishop preferring charges against the President and Vice-President (both of whom call themselves Methodists). My friend is charging them with violating Rubric 2702, item 3, sections (c) and (i) of the 2000 Discipline of the Methodist Church: disobedience and child abuse. The first charge stems from the current administration's rush to war, the second from the children (oops--I mean "collateral damage") killed and maimed in Afghanistan. If found guilty, President Bush and Vice-President Cheney can, according to Methodist statutes, be removed from the church.'

"War still exists . . . but the Divine Carpenter will have His revenge and His revenge will be complete when by means of labour, war shall cease throughout the whole world . . . when shameful wages and shameful hours and the abominable sweating system, depriving men of the fruits of their labours, shall have ceased universally . . . then the patient pleadings of the Carpenter of Nazareth will be realized, and man -- the temporal redeemer of the earth by the sweat of his brow -- shall refuse to be manipulated by his brethren, either in the sweating dens of financiers, or on the battle-field, or in the armies maintained at present at an impossible cost by politicians or by monarchs for their own selfish purposes." -Father Dolling of Portsmouth (1894)

Yes, government-sponsored "welfare" programs have their problems and are not the final answer, either. The answer, however, is not to abolish them but to outgrow them by building just relationships into the economic fabric of society itself. As St. Augustine said, "It is good to give to the poor, but it would be better if there were no poor and we had nobody to give to." -Vida Scudder, 1912

anglocatholicsocialism.org
Visitors to the site in January 2003 totalled 8,545, up from 5,155 a year ago.

Material for Jubilee Newsletters and Updates should be sent to Fr Ken Leech, St Botolph's Church, Aldgate, London EC3 N 1AB ( 020 7377 0721) or kenleech@aol.com


JUBILEE NEWSLETTER
New Series 38

BAPTISM OF CHRIST TO CANDLEMASS 2003

The two feasts of the Baptism of Christ (12th January) and his Presentation in the Temple (Candlemass, 2nd February) are both feasts of light. In the Office of Readings in the Roman rite, the non-biblical reading for the Baptism is from St Gregory Nazianzen's 39th Oration on the Holy Light. Beginning with the recognition of the cosmic significance of the baptism, he says, 'Jesus rises from the water: the world rises with him'. He goes on to stress that God's will for Christians is that we should be 'a living force for all humanity, lights shining in the world'. We are called to be 'radiant lights' as we come, more and more, to share in 'the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity'. The reading for Candlemass, from St Sophronius, is similar in theme. Everyone, he says, 'should be eager to join the procession and carry a light'. Our candles are symbols of the divine splendour and of the programme to 'make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of his eternal light'. 'Let us be shining ourselves', he urges. Indeed. In the present world darkness, let us try to shine!

BUSH, CHENEY AND THE CHURCH

American comrade Kerry Walters writes: 'I thought folks might be heartened to hear this. A friend who works with me at the Center for Nonviolent Living, a retired United Methodist pastor, just told me that he's sending a letter to the Methodist presiding bishop preferring charges against the President and Vice-President (both of whom call themselves Methodists). My friend is charging them with violating Rubric 2702, item 3, sections (c) and (i) of the 2000 Discipline of the Methodist Church: disobedience and child abuse. The first charge stems from the current administration's rush to war, the second from the children (oops--I mean "collateral damage") killed and maimed in Afghanistan. If found guilty, President Bush and Vice-President Cheney can, according to Methodist statutes, be removed from the church.'

REQUESTS

Piers McGrandle is writing a life of Trevor Huddleston to be published by Continuum. Many of us were disappointed in the first life by Robin Denniston. If people who have knowledge of Huddleston as a person, his work in Africa and the East End, his theology and the changes which took place in it, the political and personal struggles in East London including the people who did their best to cause him harm (let the reader understand), I am sure Piers would like to hear from you. He is at Flat 1, 12 Brechin Place, London SW7 4QA (020 7370 2865 e-mail piersmcgrandle@msn.com

Rupert Shortt is writing a theological assessment of Rowan Williams and would be grateful for material from Jubilee people. Some of Rowan's work for us is now out of print and hard to obtain though I suspect much of it is under people's beds or in their garages. Please (PLEASE!!!) look out for Politics and Theological Identity, and , while Ken has dismally failed over many years to get anyone to return any material, perhaps you could try returning it to Rupert. His address is Flat G, 16 Belsize Square, London NW3 4HT phone 020 7794 9027.

Richard Gillett (001 626 398 4146) in Los Angeles is working on a book Reclaiming Lost Ground: Christian social tradition and the new global capitalism. He would be grateful for any ideas, help, suggestions, material, etc.

DATES

What is it about Westernity that some cultures find so obnoxious? Why the Rest Hates the West -a 4 part evening series at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity- begins on 27th Jan at 6 45pm LICC is at St Peter's, Vere St, London, W1G 0DQ (t) 020 7399 9555 (e) mail@licc.org.uk Visit www.licc.org.uk for articles and events listings.

Affirming Anglican Catholicism (USA and Canada) has a conference on Catholic Evangelism from 19th to 22nd May 2003 in Montreal Details from Affirming Anglican Catholicism, Christ Church, 84 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511 (203 787 3195) e-mail info@affirmingcatholicism.org

Margaret Ronchetti is over briefly from Brazil. It may be possible to gather some people together in London to meet informally with her. If you are interested phone Ken on 020 7377 0721.

BOOKS AND JOURNALS

John Finney, Fading Splendour? a new model of renewal, Darton, Longman and Todd, 2000 ISBN 0 232 52286 3 £10.95. Finney, a retired Anglican bishop, reflects on 'those disturbances in the church which we call renewal', seeing renewal as an ongoing process, guided by God, and different from both revival (a divine irruption) and reform (a human activity). He examines the 'normal' progressions in renewal, taking in the New Testament, medieval monasticism, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and the 'American Awakenings'.

Stanley Hauerwas and Frank Lentricchia (ed), "Dissent from the Homeland: essays after September 11th", South Atlantic Quarterly 101:2 (Spring 2002). This issue is very important. More details later. But you can look at it in most university libraries or order it from dukeupress.edu

BOOKS BY KEN LEECH

Various books by KL are difficult to get in the USA. Try Arlene Bullard at Trinity Bookstore, 74 Trinity Place, New York 10006 (212 602 9689) who will be helpful.

NEW WEBSITES

Theo Hobson has a new disestablishment site: www.disestablish.co.uk

DEATHS

Nadir Dinshaw who has died in Jersey was a wealthy Parsee Christian who used his money to support many causes -the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Movement for the Ordination of Women among them- and used his tremendous gift of friendship to support, guide and nurture people all over the world. He was almost the only Jubilee Group member who would send 100 on receipt of a small pamphlet. I hope people will say more about Nadir: there is so much to say. He was one of the kindest, most generous, and most humble people I have ever met. KL

William McCrossan, a Scot who had lived in East London for many years, was an immensely learned person with a remarkable depth of knowledge and understanding of liturgy. 'Liturgical William' was a key figure in creating and documenting the liturgical life of St Paul's, Bow Common, He was a mine of information on the history and meaning of liturgy, a pioneer in trying to create a more adequate lectionary for the Divine Office, and in restoring the place of the Office Hymn. I hope that some of his work may be preserved and made widely available. William had severe asthma problems, and this was probably the cause of his death. He will be greatly missed in the East End. KL

Material for Jubilee Newsletters and Updates should be sent to Fr Ken Leech, St Botolph's Church, Aldgate, London EC3 N 1AB ( 020 7377 0721) or kenleech@aol.com


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