The York Course is accompanied by a CD/Transcript featuring the Rt Rev Nick Baines, Margaret Sentamu (MS), Rev Ken Howcroft (KH) (Methodist), Theodora Hawksley (TH) (Roman Catholic), and Canon Simon Stanley (SS) as interviewer. Here are some comments from the panel which may ring bells with you:
SESSION ONE: RECEIVING CHRIST AS CHILDREN OF GOD
MS: In God's economy there's no such thing as "little me". We are all very valuable to God.
KH: It is possible for God to pay attention to everyone simultaneously all the time.
NB: God is closer to us than anything else.
TH: St John speaks of the power to become children of God. This power is not like holding a sword, but like holding a baby.
SESSION TWO: RECEIVING CHRIST IN THE STRANGER AND THE NEEDY
In response to the question of how to respond to a beggar, all the panel members said something on the lines of: Sometimes with money, Always with respect, Often with challenging the things and policies that cause poverty. TH tells the story of a walking pilgrimage in Spain, when in a mountain village, unable to buy bread, she had to beg for it, A lady invited her in, and gave her coffee, bread and blackberries. The two women exchanged names. Theodora means gift of God. Socorra means Help.
SESION THREE: RECEIVING CHRIST IN HOLY COMMUNION
NB: What I appreciate about the Eucharist is that we get to re-tell the story of who we are, as Christians, as a Church.
KH: The Communion Service embodies the Gospel.
MS: We cannot limit the way God speaks to His people. [In Margaret's Ugandan village they only had a priest once a month.]
TH: The whole story of Jesus is of God coming to meet the world before it's ready/
SESSION FOUR: RECEIVING CHRIST THROUGH PRAYER AND FELLOWSHIP
NB: Conversion is both an event and a process.
KH: Repentance and conversion are about turning round, and letting God look you in the eye.
NB: When we are praying we need to be asking how far we can be the answer to our prayers.
TH: Prayer and Fellowship involve listening out.
SESSION FIVE: CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY
KH: Nurturing allows people to choose.
NB: There is no neutral space. We need to bring up our children to ask the right questions.
NB: I was asked on Radio what I thought would happen when I die. My answer was "I don't care". [If we know Jesus, we really don't need to vex ourselves with speculating on the resurrection detail.]
TH: Christ was and is our hope of Glory.