Dresden Group (with caption)In October 2010, a small group from Växjö visited Oxford Diocese, staying for a week to explore the ‘Living Faith’ concept with a view to taking the idea back to Sweden.

The members of the group were Magnus Wåhlin, Chaplain to St Sigrid’s Folkhögskola (Academy), Jonas Fager and Åse Aronsson, who are on the school staff, Carin Frennevi, a Diocesan Adviser, and Jens Linder, the Diocesan Ecumenical Officer.

The intensive programme began on Wednesday 13 October with a trip to Reading to see the work at the Church of  St John and St Stephen’s, an accredited ‘Eco-congregation’ (see links for eco-congregation and the church).  In the afternoon,, the group learned about the children’s work and were given an overview of ‘Living Faith’ by Dr Owen Jewiss, who is the Deanery Ecumenical Representative.

The second day, Thursday, was taken up with a trip to Deddington, which included attending a primary school assembly, seeing the Day Care Centre (‘dagis’ in Swedish!), attending a Toddlers’ Service and meetings with the Parish Youth Worker and New Media Director.

Lunch at the FishersThen it was off to St Paul’s Banbury, to find out what was happening at the Children’s After-School Activity and to meet with the Parish Children’s Worker.  The day was rounded off at Bloxham at the Baptist Church Youth Club and a conversation with the Warriner School Youth Worker.

Friday, was spent in Oxford with meetings with Bishop John Pritchard, Archdeacon Karen Gorham and Dr Michael Beasley (Diocesan Director of Mission), popping into the Bishop’s Council meeting in between.  Then it was Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral crowned afterwards by a discussion with Maranda St John Nicolle about Fair Trade.

Saturday and another full day!  Off to Wendover, for the Churches together in Buckinghamshire ‘Vision Day’ which included a session with Canon Glyn Evans, Diocesan Rural Officer, giving an overview of ‘Living Faith’ in rural areas.

Sunday, offered a service of worship at St Mary’s Church, Adderbury and, in the evening, a Meditation Service on a creation theme with the ‘home’ community at the Church of St Mary and St John, Cowley.

Wendover Visit (with caption)The group returned to Sweden on Monday 18 October .

Photographs by Tony Dickinson.

Post Script: The photograph of the St Sigfrid’s Academy group was actually taken in Dresden at the June 2011 Kirchentag, where Tony Dickinson met up with them.  Tony relates that over dinner they discussed the Swedish version of the Living Faith Bible Study notes, which were written by a group “on retreat” in Assisi.