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Resources to help us become more contemplative, compassionate and courageous…

As part of the Bishop of Oxford’s invitation for everyone to explore the Beatitudes, the diocese has produced a three-session course on the Beatitudes in time for Advent. It is suitable for small groups in the style of the Pilgrim materials and consists of a 32 page booklet written by Bishop Steven alongside audio and video resources. There is also an accessible audio version of the course available on request.

“I’m hoping churches will use this specially written resource to help them study and understand the Beatitudes. For me the Beatitudes have 8 beautiful qualities, but 8 is quite a lot to remember so I’ve been keen to capture what they mean in three words: contemplative, compassionate and courageous. I want people to be asking what do these words teach us and tell us about Jesus, what do they tell us about being human in the 21st century and what do they tell us about what kind of church we’re called to be.” – Bishop Steven

The booklets are available to order online. The accompanying video and audio resources are available in the Towards a Common Vision section of this site.

If you have any queries about the course, or would like to use the accessible audio version, please contact Ruth Hamilton-Jones

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