The book to be studied this term is Fare Well in Christ by W H Vanstone, published by Darton Longman and Todd.
Bill Vanstone was one of the most remarkable priests of the Church of England in his generation. He obtained the highest academic honours yet chose to serve as a parish priest on a Lancashire housing estate. His theological reflection stemmed from pastoral experience and resulted in two previous books Love’s Endeavour, Love’s Expense (1979), and The Stature of Waiting (1982). Fare Well in Christ (1997) reflects on the fruits of a life-time’s ministry.
To quote from the book jacket:
“We live in an age of anxiety. The public voices of our age report to us ‘in the public interest’ every danger which may threaten us and every horror which may appal us. They give us more and more to worry about.” “Canon Vanstone’s purpose in Fare Well in Christ is to allay this anxiety and to point our feet towards the way of peace. The true meaning of ‘the grace of God’ is the underpinning theme, and we learn that this grace is disclosed to the world so unobtrusively that often it is only in retrospect, with hindsight, that it is recognised for what it is. Speaking against a background of great wisdom and experience, the author helps us to realise that ‘underneath are the everlasting arms’, that ‘love is stronger than death’ and that ‘neither life nor death nor anything in all creation can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’.”
The group is to meet from 12.30 to 13.30 on the following Wednesdays in the TTS room of the Queen’s Foundation, Somerset Road, Birmingham B15 2QH. Members are welcome to bring and eat their sandwiches.
Jan 16, Jan 23, Feb 13, Feb 27, March 6, March 13
Copies of the book are obtainable on Amazon and other websites.
For further information please contact the convenor, John Nightingale, at [email protected] or phone 07811 128831.