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Coming together

25 October 2013

IT WAS a Bible study on a grand scale. About 150 people came to Worcester Cathedral on a Saturday morning recently to study the Bible together, and the event was led jointly by the Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge; the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Revd Bernard Longley; and the Heart of England Baptist Association Regional Minister, the Revd Keith Judson.

After a short time of worship in the nave, the three leaders lit the unity candle (above) before Mr Judson gave the first address on the chosen text, the last chapter of St John's Gospel, setting it in context.

Archbishop Longley (right) then led the congregation in an Ignatian-style study, inviting them to think aloud about what it was like to be St Peter. After a short break, the participants broke into random groups of ten around the cathedral, while Dr Inge (centre) led them from a central position in a prayerful approach to the passage and a discussion.

The morning concluded with a final act of worship, and then many stayed behind for a shared picnic lunch in the Chapter House, and a browse round the Christian bookstalls in the cloisters. Later in the day, at evensong, Archbishop Longley was installed as an Honorary Canon.

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