Last week, Jack was trounced at Axis and Allies But he remains cheerful because his old rowing club are now champions of the University of Cambridge again: www.facebook.com/CaiusBoatClub.
This week, we are moved and impressed by Callum's wisdom, insight and beautiful use of the English language.
Monday 2 March
The Archbishop of Canterbury is visiting Belgium today. Jack will have tea with him at the British Embassy (amid a cast of hundreds, no doubt), and he is giving a lecture tonight which Scott and Jane will attend. He is a very nice man, notable especially for his accomplished steering of the women bishops legislation through General Synod and Parliament, and for his ecumenical and interfaith anti-slavery initiative with Pope Francis and the Rector of Al-Azhar University Cairo, the Global Freedom Network: www.globalfreedomnetwork.org/
Tuesday 3 March
19u30: HG at Scott and Jeremy's. This week we will discuss Sunday's reading and sermon: Callum will be present to discuss his sermon. The relevant passages are 1 Kings 19:1-19 and Matthew 3.
Wednesday 4 March
13u10-13u50: P-café at Stukcafé will be led by David Ketch: we will discuss Jacques Ellul's thoughts on the relationship between my choice and God's choice in salvation.
Sunday 8 March - Lent III
17u30: Choir practice
18u30: Holy Communion (Jack and Canon John Wilkinson (www.holytrinity.be/staff) will do a pulpit-swap tonight: Jack will preach at Holy Trinity Brussels on slavery (as part of a sermon series there), and John will come to M&Ms to celebrate Communion and preach. Lots of regulars are away today (Jack, Jane, Scott, Jeremy...), so please come and support John, make the coffee etc...)
Sunday 15 March. The PCC has decided that M&Ms service on this date will be joint with Holy Trinity Brussels at 10u30 (http://www.holytrinity.be/content/where-holy-trinity-brussels). This means taking the 9u09 train together from Leuven Station to Brussel-Centraal. We will joyfully share in Damien, Cherie and Sam's Confirmation by Bishop Robert, then have lunch somewhere before heading off to Brussel-Zuid for the major Together in Peace March at 14u against all violence in the name of religion: http://togetherinpeace.be/organiserend-comite/?lang=nl Our usual evening service will be cancelled that day.
- The PCC (church council) met on 1 March to discuss the parish's life and finances. There are no major items of concern and plenty to celebrate - and not all parishes can say that!
- The AGM (annual general meeting) of the PCC and the Kerkfabriek will take place on Sunday 26 April at 17u in church. If you feel called to stand as a church councillor, please talk to Jack about it.
- This week's articles:
- For philosophers everywhere, and following a discussion during Friday's drinks: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31662317
- A cheering article showing the internal debate in Islam about the interpretation of texts and the nature of jihad/"spiritual struggle": http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31580130
- The House of Bishops of the Church of England has released a discussion-paper, Who is my Neighbour?: https://churchofengland.org/media/2170230/whoismyneighbour-pages.pdf on the social issues surrounding the forthcoming General Election in the UK. This has given rise to absolutely torrential comment in the press, including support from surprising quarters: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/23/bishops-letter-political-leadership-challenge-labour-policy-review
Love from Jack
www.anglicanchurchleuven.be (Please check out the new-look website set up by Jeremy Law - good skills)
Daily Anglican prayer:
Jeremy Heuslein's blog (former member of M&Ms, now at Holy Trinity Brussels):