Congratulations to those students – lay and ordained – who attended the College’s recent Celebration of Awards.
Southwark Cathedral provided the backdrop for St Augustine’s College of Theology’s Celebration of Awards on 13 January. The service was attended by students, staff, friends and relations and those who received recognition of their awards included lay readers and independent students, as well as those from IME Phase I and Phase II.
In his sermon, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark Cathedral, contrasted the useless ephemera that often pass for gifts at Christmas with the enduring gifts through which God makes His way into our lives. Andrew remembered how his own mother inspired and informed his faith journey and he quoted the second letter to Timothy, “‘I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.’ We know nothing more about these women, nothing save their names and the part they played in making Christ known, that faithfulness enduring in Timothy, son and grandson, and in those he, in turn, inspired, and so on across two millennia. A humble witness that doesn’t seek acclaim for itself but for the working of God’s love.”
Surrounded by friends, family and Academic Staff, students, lay readers, independent students, ordinands, and curates, were presented by the Revd Dr Simon Stocks and given certificates by the Revd Dr Alan Gregory, Principal of St Augustine’s. Those from Canterbury included Pamela Cuerden, Jenny Groombridge, Esther Jonas, Nicky Lord, Gordon Mackley, Jo Richards, John Huggins, Vicky Coneys and Catherine Wilson.
Richard Bailey, an Independent student who had gained a degree said, ‘It was a lovely service and a fitting end to a fabulous journey of learning and faith formation.”
Photo by Tom Keeler.