Posts by David Phillips (Page 6)

Vicar of Bagdad visits Holy Trinity

Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Bagdad, was here to speak with clergy – Anglican and otherwise – to share with us something of the experience of the persecuted Iraqi Christians and his ministry to them and among them. It was a powerful witness to us. He is going around privately, to raise funds for those who have fled to the North of Iraq or to Jordan.

He does so, while struggling with MS – so his speech is a little laboured, and he has trouble with his balance – he has a personal assistant to help him in his travels. But he shared with us his joy in these labours for the flock in his care.

Utrecht Chaplain’s Letter (01/16)

We begin this new year with the season of Epiphany.  It is a follow up from Christmas as Christ is manifested or shown forth to the whole world from infancy to full maturity. The first indication that this child Jesus is of significance not just for the Jews but for the whole world is the visitation of the three wise men from the East to offer their worship and their gifts. The window above the…

Christian Classics Study Group – Jan 15, 2016

19th Century Russian Christian Classics Friday January 15, AD 2016 Our next Christian Classics Study Group is next Friday January 15 6:30-9:30pm at the parsonage Hall.   Erik Heemskerk will introduce and guide our discussion. 1.  Erik will give a brief introduction to what is characteristic about modern (19th) Russian Literature and what is particular about its Orthodox Christian character. 2.  We look primarily at THE GRAND INQUISITOR, which is an extract from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s celebrated novel, The Brothers…

Advent Bible Study

Advent Bible Study 2015 Tuesday November 24 we started with a weekly Bible study for the Advent. In our days we know about travellers like Joseph and Mary and coming from other cultures like the wise men. Flight to Egypt, Giotto What’s different if we compare our time with 2000 years ago? We are 2000 years closer to what the prophets prophesied about the kingdom of peace. We are 2000 years closer to the fulfilment…

Three evenings about Art at the Anglican Church in Zwolle!

Anglican Church Zwolle Leadership Team has been organizing with Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker some public lectures on Christian Art for this November and December. Please note these dates in your calendar and join us if you can! Dates: Thursday 5 November, Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker speaks on Looking at Art. The first evening will lead us into the world of art, a world that many find quite incomprehensible and hard to enter. Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker will give some guidelines for looking…

Christian Classics Study Group – Spiritual Friendship

We have had a break from our Study Group over the summer, but will return on Friday, 20 November 18.30, to look at Aelred of Rievaulx’s great work called “Spiritual Friendship”. Aelred was the Abbot from 1147 to 1167 of the great English Cistercian Abbey of Rievaulx, near York in the North of England. From the back cover of a translation comes this description: “In a three-book Ciceronian dialogue Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning…

The Lord is a shoving Leopard!

Peter Gillies is a member of the Taskforce for an Anglican Church in Amersfoort, better known as TACA.  He will be providing updates on the progress with new church plant in Amersfoort.  This is his contribution for November. The Rev William Archibald Spooner, Warden of New College Oxford, was especially likely to make this sort of malapropism (the title above should read: “The Lord is a loving Shepherd”).  And so it is with TACA (Taskforce…

The Refugee Crisis is a Blessing for Utrecht

Over the past few months and especially in September, we have been confronted by the news of vast movements of people around the world fleeing violence and poverty and seeking a new life. The picture on the front of this month’s Newsletter is of a pilgrimage to Mecca, by the French landscape painter, Léon Belly in 1861. It might seem a strange choice, but I thought appropriate for a few reasons. With the camels it…

Report on Archdeaconry Synod 2015

This year’s synod was again held in Dongen, near Gent Belgium.  Holy Trinity is represented by the clergy and her 4 elected lay representatives.  The main topic was the bishop’s strategy for the Diocese. We also went into vocations and the deanaries. Apart from that we took part in services and met and talked with clergy and reps from other congregations in the archdeaconry.       Synod Delegates 2015: Rosemarie Strengholt, Adrian Los, Sandra…