A resource centre for learning for the United Reformed Church
Westminster College, Cambridge is a centre for learning within the United Reformed Church. As a resource to the national and local church and a full participant in the theological training of students within the Cambridge Theological Federation, Westminster is a place where all those in ministry can study and deepen their faith. It is a place for refreshment and learning available to all of those involved in the life of the Church from many different traditions, people from other faiths and those with no faith commitment. It is a place of welcome, community and new vision where radical and provocative faith meets wonderful and risky living.
News from Westminster College
The following announcement has great significance for the United Reformed Church, and a particular importance for all of the staff and students of Westminster College and our sisters and brothers with whom we share across the Cambridge Theological Federation.
Following the resignation of the Revd Roberta Rominger in November 2013, the General Secretary Nomination Group has been seeking her successor. The nomination group, which is responsible for bringing a single name to the General Assembly this July, has now completed its work and is nominating the Revd John Proctor, currently vice-principal of Westminster College in Cambridge, to be the URC’s next general secretary. If General Assembly accepts the nomination, Mr Proctor will be inducted as general secretary on Sunday 6 July at the end of General Assembly. His term of office will therefore overlap with that of Mrs Rominger who will formally step down from the role on 31 July 2014.
Mr John Ellis, moderator of the General Assembly and convener of the nomination group said: “After an extensive process of discernment the group was unanimous in sensing that God was calling John Proctor to this immensely challenging position. We hope that the Assembly will share that sense and that the whole Church will support him in their prayers.”
As Principal of Westminster I add my prayers to those of many for John as he offers himself to this new possibility of service. John came to Westminster in 1986 and has distinguished himself with countless students and members of local churches for the depth of his knowledge and the gracious ways in which he seeks to not only share his own insights but learn from the wisdom of others. As minister of the Gospel, teacher and tutor, colleague and friend, John has given unstintingly to the benefit of Westminster, the Cambridge Theological Federation and the wider Church. Whilst we in Cambridge feel the loss this nomination inevitably suggests, we give thanks to God for the ways in which John's gifts are being widely recognised in this process. Our prayers are with him, Elaine, and the family as we approach General Assembly.
Neil Thorogood, Principal
Lay Preachers and Worship Leaders Course
Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st June, 2014 Monday 8th—Wednesday 10th September, Wednesday 10th—Friday 12th September or Friday 12th—Sunday 14thSeptember, 2014
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Announcement regarding the Principal
The Westminster College community is delighted to announce that the United Reformed Church has appointed the Revd Neil Thorogood to be the next Principal of the College. Neil currently serves on the staff team at Westminster as Director of Pastoral Studies, and will formally take up his new role in January 2014. Between then and now he will spend time working alongside the Revd John Proctor, who is currently Acting Principal and will continue to serve as Vice-Principal.
"Westminster is a wonderful place of nurture and learning; a community that gathers people from across the world and welcomes them with superb hospitality. It has been my joy to share in our life here for eight years already. This new chapter in my own ministry comes at a time of huge change for us in the college and the Cambridge Theological Federation. I am excited and honoured by the call and tremendously humbled by the good wishes and support of so many who have been part of this moment. As we move into the future together we know already God's gracious provision, blessing and strength. I pray that we will continue to serve the URC, and engage with the wide world of churches and learning, with humility and boldness. It is good to be here, and a privilege to be called to serve as Principal."
URC Retreat Group
Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st June, 2014
Join us in this exciting opportunity shared between the URC Retreat Group (which brings together members, elders and ministers from across the denomination) and Westminster College. Click here for full details
In the company of…
Westminster College, Cambridge
In whose company would you like to spend some time? Who would you like to learn from? Who would you like to discover? Take your pick: biblical character; gospel writer; theologian from long ago or today; musician; artist; cook; novelist; thinker; politician; liturgist; hymn-writer; leader; poet; film-maker; architect...?
The idea is simple; book your-self in to stay at Westminster, or come as a day visitor. Stay for as long as you like. Tell us who you want to spend some time with; whose work might inspire you.
We don't have a set time or date for this event - the idea is to arrange a stay that suits your diary, enjoy great hospitality, and let us help you discover treasure!
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Westminster College is pleased to announce that we have offered for sale an important collection of manuscript fragments to the two university libraries at Oxford and Cambridge to acquire jointly for their public collections, and a sale has been agreed.
The fragments are all from the Cairo Genizah and date from the 9th century onwards. They were given to the college by Agnes Lewis and Margaret Gibson, the twin sisters whose story has now been made famous by Janet Soskice's book Sisters of Sinai (2009). The twins were major benefactors of the college at the time of its founding in Cambridge in 1899.
The fragments have been well cared for at Westminster College, but the college does not have the facilities or the resources properly to conserve, research or make accessible these very precious manuscripts. Initial discussions with the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Centre at Cambridge University Library therefore began two years ago. This outcome will reunite the separate collections, which were the result of rival activities a century ago.
The Governors of the College have always been committed to keeping the collection together and to securing for it the best possible location and ownership. This joint collaboration between the libraries of Cambridge and Oxford provides the ideal solution.
This sale will contribute towards the costs of enabling the re-development of Westminster College to serve today's church, just as the sisters in their day contributed towards the foundation of the college in Cambridge.
Memorandum of Understanding between Westminster College, the Henry Martyn Centre, and the Woolf Institute
Susan Durber, the Principal at Westminster College has some good news to share with you! You will know already that Westminster is delighted to have with on site one of our Federation partners, the Henry Martyn Centre. We have been talking for some time now with another Federation partner, the Woolf Institute, about a possible move to the Westminster site. We are not yet at the stage of legally binding agreements, but we have reached the stage at which we can, all three of us, gladly say the following.
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Westminster is a Resource Centre for Learning for the United Reformed Church. We work, with others in the URC, to resource, enable and encourage all God's people in the exciting and lifelong project of being a disciple of Jesus - 'a learner in the Kingdom of God'.