Welcome to the Enews for November 25

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News
The Diocese of Leeds is pleased to have a motion passed at the most recent meeting of General Synod on the wealth gap, and what we can do to tackle rising inequality.
The motion was moved by the Revd Canon Paul Cartwright, Priest-in-Charge of the Priory Benefice in our diocese and amended by Professor Muriel Robinson from the Diocese of Lincoln, before passing. Find out more here
Members of faith communities in Bradford and Leeds worked in collaboration for this year’s Mitzvah Day, the annual Jewish community-led day of social action, which took place across the country on Sunday, November 21, which was also the final day of ‘Interfaith Week’ 2021. Find out more here
St Luke’s Church has officially opened the doors of its brand new Community Hub with an activity-packed day for the Holbeck community. Some five hundred people attended the joyous event, including local MP Hilary Benn, who cut the ribbon at an official opening ceremony. Find out more here
Faithful North is the name of a new podcast produced by the Diocese of Leeds. A first season of six episodes, featuring voices from a variety of church backgrounds, became available from popular podcast providers during our Podcast Week, with one each day from Sunday, November 21. Find out more here
COP26 is over and, after a deep breath, work in the Diocese of Leeds towards the safe future of our environment will continue at pace. Jemima Parker, Diocesan Environment Officer, has prepared a report on the outcomes of COP26, including what it means for all of us going forward. Find out more here.
Mothers’ Unions around the world will be joining together on Saturday, November 27 to highlight the fact that one in three women will experience domestic or sexual abuse in their lives. This includes the Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Leeds, who will at a special prayer vigil hosted by Wakefield Cathedral with the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield, from 12.30pm. Find out more here
West Bowling in Bradford is in the top 2% of most deprived estates, with 25% of children living below the poverty line. St Stephen’s Church in West Bowling have had an Eden Team working alongside them since 2019. Eden Teams live intentionally and sacrificially amongst the 10% most deprived neighbourhoods across the UK, seeking to bring transformation and hope, supporting their partner churches in youth ministry, community projects, gospel outreach and discipleship, all while living life with their neighbours. Find out more here
Rhythm of Life, our diocesan venture of prayer, reflection and support, is now focused on our shared progress towards Christmas with the launch of a new course. The Advent course comprises seven full sessions to cover each theme from the Rhythm of Life, beginning with the season of Remembrance, through Christ the King, to Advent itself and on to Christmas. Find out more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Call out for Advent events
The Communications Team at the diocese is keen to share what our churches will be doing during Advent and Christmas this year on our website and social media.

If your church has plans, we'd love to hear about them, as we have created a new Advent section for our website including a table of events from across the region. We've already heard about some Christmas events, such as Ripon Cathedral's Christmas Gift and Food Fair, Carols by Candlelight at Wakefield Cathedral and the NHS Carol Service at Bradford Cathedral.

Please send in details of your Advent events or services to communications@leeds.anglican.org.
Living and Learning Online
From Thursday, November 11 at 7pm
It will feature seven sessions that you can run in person or online with your deanery, team, parish or fellowship groups. Hayley Matthews, Director of Lay Training will be leading a Diocesan-wide online course for those unable to find a local one. These will run between 7 to 9pm on Thursday evenings via Zoom. Find out more here
Thursday, December 9 at 7pm
A 90 minute course on Zoom to help you learn about disabilities and how we can all be more inclusive in our churches. The session will look at definitions and models of disability, theology, practical tips, and how to help people with invisible disabilities. Find out more here
Tuesday, January 18 2022 at 10am
Our Book Club chooses both fiction and non-fiction books, both accounts and personal stories, and touches on themes of wide concern: air pollution, over-population, deforestation, urban heat sinks and sustainable green cities, organic farming, rural life and isolation, coastal erosion and ocean acidification; our programmes gradually offer a fuller picture, problems fall into place and a sense of fellowship emerges. Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
The 2022 events programme for Parcevall Hall, the only Retreat House and Conference Centre of the Diocese of Leeds, is now available. Click here to read about what Parcevall Hall can offer and its bookable events.
From Saturday, November 27
Join us this Advent and Christmas for services, events and much more, as we mark the season here at Bradford Cathedral, under the banner of 'At the heart of Christmas'.
'At the heart of Christmas' is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021. Churches and Cathedrals all over the country will be welcoming their communities – onsite and online – to celebrate and share the good news of Christ’s birth with special services and events, supported by a wide range of national resources and support. Find out more here
Friday, November 26 - Saturday, November 27
The popular annual Christmas Gift and Food Fair welcomes visitors to Ripon Cathedral. This year the fair takes place for the first time over two days from 9.30am to 4.30pm on both days. There will be 95 stalls offering a wide selection of unusual gifts, crafts and local food to help you find the perfect gift. Find out more here
From Sunday, November 28
As Advent and Christmas once again draw near, we reflect on another challenging year for so many. But amongst the challenges of 2021, the year has also brought hope for many too - a year whereby the values of Wakefield Cathedral - Joyful, Generous and Inclusive - have been driving factors in supporting and overcoming the continuous challenges and rebuilds necessary from the pandemic. Find out more here
Saturday, November 27 at 7.30pm
Handel’s Messiah has been a favourite of Yorkshire audiences for many years. Alex Woodrow directs St Peter’s Singers and a stellar lineup of soloists, accompanied by Tom Moore on the Minster’s Harrison organ. St Peter’s Singers are proud to present the first major performance of the work in Leeds since the pandemic started. Find out more here
Resources
Churches reacting to COP26 has seen Bishop Toby, Bishop of Bradford, inviting teenagers to advise him on a response, as part of a joint Vocations-Youth resource put together to promote the place of young people in shaping the church. The resource, Calling for Change, consists of games, a video and discussion, and can be found here.
'At the heart of Christmas' is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021. Local churches all over the country will be welcoming their communities to celebrate and share the good news of Christ’s birth with special services and events, supported by a wide range of national resources and support found here.
The Diocese of Leeds is pleased to share its toolkit for churches as part of its strategy for achieving carbon net zero by 2030: Saving Creation. The toolkit invites churches to start on the pathway to carbon net zero by taking six steps towards the goal. Access it here
The Rhythm of Life is offering two courses for parishes to run locally, one centred on Creationtide and the other called "Finding your Rhythm". Each contains six or seven sessions and serves as a stepping stone for further engagement with the Rhythm of Life. Find all the resources and details here.
Leeds Diocesan News continues to be produced in digital form, containing important news and views from across the Diocese of Leeds. Download and view the latest November edition here.
The latest edition of the Prayer Diary is now online to download.There are fresh prayers for Sudan as well as prayers for Tanzania. Download prayers here.
Media
Professor Piers Forster, Professor of Climate Physics at the University of Leeds, talks about what climate change is, how it is affecting our world and what us as individuals and the church can do to help. Watch it here
Join us on the journey to become a carbon net zero church. We invite you to start on this pathway by using the new Churches Toolkit. Watch our new video here, introducing the toolkit for churches that forms part of a strategy for achieving carbon net zero by 2030.
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Vacancies
St George’s Crypt is seeking new members for its Board of Trustees. 
We are currently looking for applications from people who have experience in developing, delivering or managing housing projects in particular within the social housing sector who can provide strategic direction as the charity continues to grow its housing portfolio. Find out more here
Our next curate will be joining a new and exciting adventure, with plenty of opportunities to pioneer new mission. The hope would be that, at the end of the curacy, the curate would move into a church revitalisation or planting opportunity within the Bradford Area or wider Diocese.  Find out more here
Useful links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact our advisers on:
safeguarding@leeds.anglican.org or call 0113 353 0257 
Carla Darbyshire - Safeguarding Team Leader
Jenny Leccardi - Safeguarding Adviser
Narinder Lyon - Safeguarding Adviser
Nikki Rose - Assistant Safeguarding Adviser
Moves and Appointments
Revd Nathanael Poole to be Interim Minister (0.5) at St Margaret’s Frizinghall. Nathanael will continue at Fountains Church Bradford as Associate Minister with a reduced deployment of 0.5 (Bradford EA)
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
Contact us with your news
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