30th May 2017
Anglican ordinands from St Hild College spent their annual Easter School at St Chad’s College Durham. The theme of the Easter School was the Third Mark of Mission - "to respond to human need with loving service" - with a particular focus on the challenge of migration.
Ann Morisy raised the question of language, suggesting that we might all think of ourselves as in some way experiencing displacement, rather than thinking of refugees as ‘them’ not ‘us’.
Casey Strine from Sheffield University retold the biblical narrative incorporating refugee perspectives in new and unexpected ways. Students visited a range of projects providing hospitality and support for refugees and asylum seekers. Casey Strine's work on migration can be seen here.
From Maundy Thursday through to Easter morning we joined the Cathedral community for the services of the Triduum, a powerful and moving experience of liturgy for many. Assembling in the cloisters in the dark on Easter morning and witnessing the kindling of the Easter fire followed by the lighting of the Paschal Candle in the cathedral is a moment none of us will forget.