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26 February 2021

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The Lindisfarne Gospels, c.700, displayed in the “Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms” exhibition at the British Library in 2018

The Lindisfarne Gospels, c.700, displayed in the “Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms” exhibition at the British Library in 2018

Lindisfarne Gospels to return to the north-east

THE Lindisfarne Gospels, a manuscript dating from Anglo-Saxon England, are to be displayed in the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, with a supporting exhibition at Newcastle City Library, in 2022 — on loan from the British Library. The displays will focus on personal, regional, and national pride and identity. Community groups and schools across the north-east will be involved in an accompanying programme of activity, and an artist is to be commissioned to “reimagine” the Gospels for the 21st century. The plan was co-ordinated by the North East Culture Partnership and the British Library. In 2013, the manuscript was the focus of a Durham University exhibition that attracted nearly 100,000 visitors. It has been to the Laing Art Gallery twice before, in 1996 and 2000.


New fellowship is linked to island of Lundy

THE island of Lundy, off the north-Devon coast, which is owned by the National Trust and managed by the Landmark Trust, is a focus for the new Fellowship of St Helen’s, named after the island’s church, which has three services a month. Members follow a Rule of Life, which includes regular church attendance, daily prayer, Bible-reading, study, and visiting Lundy when possible.The Fellowship was the idea of Chris Kingshott, a Reader in the diocese of Truro, and Nigel Price, a Reader and treasurer of the Hartland Mission Community (which includes Lundy), in the diocese of Exeter. The Team Rector, the Revd Jane Skinner, said: “The fellowship gives people something they can be part of when they are not on the island, which is a great gift. It will help people to flourish.” The Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Revd Jackie Searle, said: “Joining the St Helen’s Fellowship is to set your heart on pilgrimage, to seek to live in relationship with God and one another.”


Bishop of St Davids to walk 400 miles before COP26

THE Bishop of St Davids, the Rt Revd Joanna Penberthy, is inviting people to join her in a 408-mile “virtual pilgrimage” from St Davids to Glasgow, starting on St David’s Day and finishing before the COP26 conference, which is to be hosted by the Government in Glasgow in November. Bishop Penberthy said: “Obviously, we cannot actually walk to Glasgow during lockdown, but we can use our exercise periods to walk around our neighbourhoods or even in our gardens or our homes. We want to raise awareness of the dangers facing the planet that God entrusted to us; we need to work — and walk — together to keep this planet safe for all God’s creatures, including ourselves and future generations.” Walkers can join in at www.facebook.com/DewisCreationCareGroup

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