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Br Hugh: co-winner of the Church Times ‘Green Champion Award’

On Monday 16th October Br Hugh received a ‘Green Champion Award’ at a ceremony in Lambeth Palace in recognition of his efforts to raise awareness about environmental issues. At the ceremony a message from Archbishop Justin Welby was read out in which he said: “Responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God’s creation. Meanwhile, to love our neighbour — particularly, in this case, our neighbour whom we may never meet but who lives daily with the profound threat posed by this moral crisis — is at the core of what it is to follow Jesus Christ. “The dedication and devotion of those shortlisted for the Green Church awards is extraordinary and their recognition well deserved.” We give thanks for Br Hugh and for the Hilfield Community of which he is a part.

 

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Br Samuel SSF and Sr Gina CSF were also present at the ceremony

Franciscans and friends at the Kirchentag in Berlin and Wittenburg – 24 – 28th May 2017

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Brs Robert, Micael Cristoffer, Hugh were joined by Darius and Dörte, present and past volunteers respectively at Hilfield from the church in the Rhineland at this four day event which the Evangelical – Lutheran – Church holds in a different German city every 2 years. This year Berlin and Wittenburg had been chosen as it is the 500th Anniversary of the start of Luther’s reformation. We were part of over 100,000 people attending. Brothers, both British and German have attended over the years but this was the first time we had gone as a group with an official stall.

Our stall, with a display in both English and German, was open from Wed 24th May till Sat 27th. We had been placed by a main entrance into our enormous hall, the market of opportunities, only one of several similar halls in the Messe, the Expo Centre. During the week we could sample only a fraction of the other stalls, and even less of the city wide events, even though some were translated or in English. Many people were intrigued by the existence of Anglican Franciscans in England and many stopped to talk. It was really good to have three native German speakers among us; nevertheless many visitors to our stall spoke sufficient English so all of us could participate. We gave out hundreds of Franciscan magazines and leaflets, and invited many to visit us, or even to join us. It was very hot, and we gave out lots of cups of tea too.

We also renewed contacts with some members of German communities and orders, as well as meeting some TSSF who were visiting from the UK, and a number of theological students with excellent English.

L-R: Br Robert; Darius; Br Hugh; Br Micael Christoffer

The pictures show our stall, which we staffed in shifts while the others explored elsewhere; the opening service (in which Justin Welby spoke) was held at the Bundestag. We heard Barak Obama and Angela Merkel, the Chancellor, speaking to thousands the next day, in the Kirchentag tradition of politicians being involved, and various outside musical events. We spent a lot of time travelling on trams and buses round Berlin between the school where we slept to the east of the centre, and the Expo Centre to the west; so different to when I last visited in 1983 – there are now very few traces of the wall left.

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Robert and Micael spent the final Sunday at Wittenburg, Luther’s town, and only 50 mins by train from Berlin, at an enormous celebration.

We are already looking forward to the next Kirchentag in 2019.

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Martin Luther with one of his Swedish sons!

The final celebration in Wittenburg

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Neil Baird included a paragraph written by Br Hugh SSF in his photoessay on Carbon Footprints which may be found on the Maptia website (click here)

Photograph © Neil Baird 2015 and used with his permission

Photograph © Neil Baird 2015 and used with his permission

Brother Hugh lives in a Franciscan community in the Dorset Countryside.

“What everyone knows about St. Francis is the ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon’ stuff. The idea is that we do not have dominion over things, but that we are all equal creatures with the things God has given us. Climate change is by far the biggest issue. It’s not the end of the world — we’ve had six mass extinctions, and we’re now going through the seventh — the biggest extinction since the end of the dinosaurs.

Maybe for the Earth that’s good, there are some greens who might say that human beings are a scourge, and that we should go and that the Earth would be better off without us and start all over again. As a Christian I think human beings are rather important, and I think while we are fellow creatures we have a responsibility. We are the first creatures who have knowingly almost destroyed themselves. Climate science can overwhelm us, or make us cynical, but there’s Christian hope.

We have to be offering, not condemning people for what they’re doing but actually showing people that there is a different way, empowering people to live a different way. If you present everything in purely scientific ways people turn off with the figures, people know what we have to do, but actually there needs to be poetry, sport, music, worship. It needs to be culture that changes people’s lifestyles.

Science is never going to do that. We know the science and we’re not doing anything. Unless living more simply makes us happy we’re never going to do it.”

 

Hilfield Friary open for West Dorset EcoHomes weekend

Hilfield Friary will be open to visitors as part of the West Dorset EcoHomes weekend on Saturday 10th September and Sunday 11th September from 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Other buildings in the area will also be open. For more information please follow the link.

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‘Song of the Prophets’ at Hilfield

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There are still spaces for the ‘Song of the Prophets’ weekend at Hilfield Friary. The weekend, which begins on Friday 4th September and ends on Sunday 6th September will be led by the Rev’d Dr Susan Durber, Stephen Dominy and Br Hugh SSF. Details may be found on the Hilfield website or by clicking here.

“Seeking Sustainability” at Hilfield

On the 27th of June 2015 the Hilfield Community will be hosting an event entitled ‘Seeking Sustainability’ from 10.00am to 4.00pm. A PDF of the Poster is available here.

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Internoviciate Conference at Hilfield.

A conference for Novices from various Communities was held in the Friary at Hilfield recently. As well as having the opportunity of living alongside the Hilfield Community for a few days they received input from Br Sam (the Guardian of Hilfield) and learnt about the ministry which takes place there.

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Divine Healing Ministries on Facebook

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Br David Jardine SSF has made a series of videos on the ministry of healing which are on the Divine Healing Ministries Facebook page. Br David will be conducting a teaching day on Divine Healing at Hilfield Friary on Saturday the 13th of June. To view one of the videos click hereUnknown

Hilfield Community Volunteer film

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The Hilfield Community have released a short video about volunteering as part of the Community. The video (which is in Youtube) may be viewed by clicking here. More information about Hilfield may be found  by clicking here.

Hope for the Future ‘write-in’ at Hilfield

Br Hugh writes:

On Sunday 14th December, after a sermon in the Eucharist about how John the Baptist prayed (in the desert), practised a simple lifestyle (foraged locusts and camel hair clothes) and engaged in politics (criticising  King Herod’s corrupt taxation system), the Hilfield Friary community enjoyed African Fair Trade honey with home baked rolls for breakfast. Then, in a corner of the refectory,  community members and guests held a Hope For The Future ‘write-in’, shown in the photo, to their various MPs asking them to get realistic climate change policies into their manifestos before the General Election next May. We asked ‘ What is in your party’s manifesto that will enable the UK to reach the target of at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as set out in the 2008 Climate Change Act’. The completed letters (with environmental pictures by those too young to write) lay in front of the altar in the Friary chapel for the rest of the day. By combining prayer, practice and politics – with  proclamation on the internet – we hope we are walking in the sandals of the Prophet John.

For further details of the campaign see www.hftf.org.uk.

HFTF write-in at Hilfield

Climate change and the forthcoming General Election

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As we approach the  General Election next May, and then in December the UN Climate Conference in Paris, there is a danger that climate change will be sidelined in the election debate.

Hope for the Future, backed by the Bishop of Sheffield, Christian Aid and a number of charities and communities, wants  individuals and churches to write to their MPs and candidates  to make sure climate is an election issue. Their website may be found here.
There are leaflets on display at Hilfield for guests and visitors to take home with them. Or please download the leaflet below and write to your MP, and  the candidates of the main parties as they are announced. Then let HFTF know of any answers you have. The HFTF website gives you lots of hints for writing letters, or even one to copy, and tells you your MP’s name, and address at Parliament if you don’t know it. Some churches around the country are holding ‘mass write-ins’.

Hilfield is in the West Dorset constituency, which is one of HFTF’s targets as our MP Oliver Letwin is a Government Minister. So 2 of the community went with a Christian Aid Group to lobby him  at one of his surgeries in Beaminster, and to ask him to confirm that climate change would be at the heart of his party’s manifesto.

A link to a PDF of the Hope for the Future leaflet may be found here.

Understanding Islam at Hilfield.

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The present crisis in Syria and Iraq, and anxieties about international terrorism, are heightening fear and prejudice in our own western culture about Muslims and the religion of Islam to which the terms violence and extremism are often attached. If we are to live peaceably and justly in the multi-cultural society that we find ourselves today it is important to have a broader view of the religion of Islam than that of the violence and brutality of the forces of the so-called Islamic State. Fear and hatred between people of different religions and cultures comes about as a result of ignorance or partial understanding of what the religions and cultures are about; it is easy to portray or fit ‘the other’ into one’s misunderstanding and so reinforce the fears – at this time, particularly, of Muslims.

Chris HewerDr Chris Hewer, who led a course at the Friary in October entitled ‘Understanding Islam’, is a Christian theologian who has thirty years of experience studying Islam and engaging with Muslims. While remaining firmly rooted in his own tradition, Chris gives a knowledgeable and sympathetic introduction to the subject, explaining the history of Islam, the place of the prophet Mohammed and of the Koran, and of the world views and ways of life of Muslims today. The 3 day course at Hilfield was attended by people from different parts of the UK, including some Muslims from Dorset. Wisdom was shared, mutual respect was established and friendships were made. All religions are definitely not the same but we can live peaceably and hospitably with each other through understanding and humility before each other and under God.

Br Vincent’s Secret Garden in the Guardian Newspaper.

Br Vincent’s ‘Secret Garden’ which is situated in Hilfield Friary appeared in the Guardian Newspaper earlier this month. The text can be found here.

 

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Br Vincent SSF

Baptised into Christ

Evodie Thornbury, was baptised at the Friary Sunday Eucharist on the 12th October by her grandmother, The Revd Jane Thornbury. Together with her sister, Felice, aged three, her brother Uriel, aged four, and parents, Richard and Chantal, Evodie is part of the Friary Community and a great joy to all of us.

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St Edwold’s Hermitage.

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When the new hermitage at the Friary, constructed this summer by Jonathan, Nick, Alex and other friends, was dedicated by Bishop Nicholas of Salisbury at the Stigmata Festival in September the building was named after St Edwold of Cerne. Little is known of this Saxon saint except that he was the brother of Edmund, the Christian King of the East Saxons, murdered by the Vikings in the 9th Century and buried at St Edmundsbury, and that he lived as a hermit in the neighbourhood of Cerne sometime towards the end of the ninth century. Although Franciscans are usually known for being out and about ‘in the world’, there is also a long tradition, going back to the time of St Francis, of brothers and sisters spending periods of time dedicated to prayer and solitude. St Edwold’s Hermitage at the Friary provides a space apart from the normal Friary life where members of the Community can go for times of prayer, stillness and reflection – a great blessing!

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Bring on the Biomass!

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For the past two months there has been a great upheaval at Hilfield Friary. Roads and paths have been fenced off, trenches, a metre and a half deep, have been dug between all the houses, and earth and stones have been piled up across the grass. When the rain began around St Francis Day in early October after a wonderfully dry September, the place began to look like a re-creation of the Western Front! All this has been undertaken in order to install a biomass heating and hot-water system for the Friary that is carbon neutral, burning wood-chips sourced from local woodlands.

It has been a huge communal effort. The trenches, in which are laid the large insulated pipes for supplying water from the boiler to the houses, have been dug by members of the Hilfield Community, together with local friends and visitors, under the direction of Jonathan Herbert; and everyone has played some part in the work. John Griffin, a local farmer, has generously lent the Friary his mechanical digger. There have been unexpected problems, and snags and crises such as when water and sewage lines have been broken – at times it has felt that the task would never be completed – but the end is in sight! Bob Roddy and his team from Amber Heating, who have been installing the boiler, tanks, plumbing and electrics, have been tremendously supportive and encouraging, and Bioheat, the firm which has designed and supplied the system, has been very helpful. Good friendships have been made through this work.

 

When the system is commissioned sometime around the end of October it will mean not just a saving on fuel costs, but, more importantly, a re-connection with the creation in which we live and of which we are a part, a further step towards sustainable living, and a deeper sense of gratitude for heat and hot water!

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Br Raphael SSF RIP

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Br Raphael SSF (Ramon Lewis Parker) died in the early hours of Thursday morning after a short illness. Raphael entered the Society of St Francis in 1971 having served in the parochial ministry in the Dioceses of Manchester and London. As a Brother he lived in different houses including the House in Wales. He also served as a Chaplain of the University of Wales (Lampeter). In 1987 he moved to Hilfield Friary and from there to Chestnut House in Dorchester where he was visited regularly by members of the Hilfield Community.

His funeral will be in Hilfield Friary on Tuesday 30th September at 1.00pm. May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!

Filming at Hilfield.

Some photographs of filming by the Little Portion Film Co Ltd which took place at Hilfield Friary  recently. The film, which is about St Francis, is being directed by  Paul Alexander.

 

Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

The Film Crew in the field.Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

Filming at night. Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

The San Damiano Cross. Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

The Nativity Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

Richard with the Sheep Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

St Francis Picture (c) Little Portion Film Company (by kind permission of Georgia Charter).

Community Hay making at Hilfield.

The Hilfield Community making hay together. (Photo by kind permission of Georgia Charter)

The Hilfield Community making hay together. (Photo by kind permission of Georgia Charter)

 

Slavyane Choir Concert at Hilfield

Following the very popular concert of traditional Russian and Orthodox music at Hilfield Friary last year given by the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth Convent in Minsk, we invite you to hear the male voices from Minsk – on Sunday 7th October 2012 at 7.30 for 8pm.  The remarkable flourishing of this group of men and women , and the impressive work which is undertaken among the homeless, for children without parental support, and for those struggling with alcohol and drug dependence which the concert supports, is an inspiring witness to the new vibrancy of the Religious Life in the Orthodox Church today.

Feast of the Stigmata of St Francis

15th September 2012 at Hilfield Friary

We invite you to celebrate this major Franciscan festival with us

– a chance to visit the Friary and meet the brothers and members of the Hilfield Community

12 noon – Sung Eucharist

1pm picnic lunch (bring your own)

2pm – afternoon gathering

4pm – Tea provided by the Friary

4.45pm – Evening Prayer

The preacher at the Eucharist and speaker in the afternoon will be The Revd Charlie Allen, the Salisbury Diocesan Director of Ordinands. Charlie has been a friend and visitor to the Friary for several years and is particularly committed to the nurturing of young vocations.

If you would like to let us know you are coming please email: passf@francicans.org.uk or phone Sara on 01300 342311(answerphone).

Hilfield Families Camp – CANCELLED owing to the weather

It is with very great regret that the decision has been taken to cancel this year’s camp arranged for 28th July to 5th August – owing to the weather. Our fields are somewhat saturated with water and even if it remains dry from now until the start of the camp (there’s the predicted possibility of a change in the weather as we write this) it’s still going to be very muddy. We’ve been looking forward to welcoming all our you who have booked to come and are as disappointed as you about this. Please keep in touch and book early for the camp in 2013!