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Liberation Theology Gathering

Friday Oct 25th 3 pm – Saturday 26th 6.00 pm

A gathering of people interested in social justice and how faith can serve people and planet. In a world of corporate greed, climate chaos, self-interest and individualism, we call for a radical faith to challenge capitalism, and to build solidarity with those marginalised and oppressed. If you’ve ever wondered about Gospel activism, and how to make a difference in the world, come along!

Liberation, Black, Feminist, LGBTQ, Green theologies show a way forward, and these gatherings seek to support those who are practically involved in these endeavours. It is also for those who are interested in faith in practice, to share and learn from each other.

This year, we will have sessions from XR (extinction rebellion) and the Peace Pledge Union. Sue Richardson from Christian Aid and Professor Anthony Reddie will be joining us. This small but wonderful gathering, seeks to strengthen and empower – so come on up to the North East! We gather on Friday at the University of Sunderland Interfaith Chaplaincy Centre from 3pm – take in a liberation themed film, and get to know each other in the evening. Saturday is workshops in Sunderland Minster, soup, sharing, ending with ‘Prayers and Action for a Better World’ at 5pm. We ask for a £10 donation if possible (free for Students and refugees)

Angel Festival

The Minster is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels – here is an image from our east window

This year we decided to celebrate Michaelmas is a very different way by inviting groups and schools and individuals to contribute an angel or angels to our Festival. And what a collection we had over 500 Angels in Church from 27th – 29th September. It was an amazing event celebrating human creativity and imagination.

The word “angel” means messenger and we wanted people to hear loud and clear that they were welcome in their Minster . It was wonderful to welcome so many visitors over the weekend.

Ordination at the Minster

On Sunday 29th September our Patronal Festival – St Michael and All Angels it was wonderful to welcome Bishop Paul – the Bishop of Durham to ordain Chris Watson as Deacon. Chris has been a member of our congregation for a number of years and it was real joy to see him ordained in the Minster.

Parish Church ordinations are quite rare and no-one could remember the last time this happened at the Minster, so this was really something very special indeed.

Chris will serve as a curate within the Minster Team.

Here’s Chris cutting a rather special cake to celebrate his deaconing.

One for the diary – The Uprising

The Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) research network at the University of Sunderland is pleased to host a screening of the acclaimed documentary film ‘The Uprising’ which is based on the music album, written and produced by Pravini Baboeram. In this film, musician and activist Pravini tells the story of resistance against racism in Europe through music.

Pravini is touring the UK to screen the film and engage in a discussion with the audience afterwards.  The event is FREE to attend but please book your ticket via EventBrite here –

Tuesday 22nd October 5 – 7.00 pm at Sunderland Minster