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3:04pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
FORUM 2000: Members learned about the many tribes of Southern Ethiopia when Pat and Philip Alker gave an illustrated talk on their visit there and fundraising efforts for a school for Aids orphans. A much-travelled pair, they had brought a collection of objects which featured in their slide show. One of the striking features of the slide show was the colour and beauty of some of the artefacts, hats for example woven by one of the tribes. There were many tribes sharing some common features eg the shape of the traditional houses but they also varied greatly from one. Most tribes are Christian descended from the very earliest but they live in peace with Muslim neighbours. It was an interesting glimpse of a unusual and exotic world. On Wednesday, Wendy Cook, general manager of the Hyde Park Picture House, will talk about this historic cinema at 10am in Grove Centre, New Street, Horsforth. Everyone welcome. Contact Hilary Taylor on (0113) 2583521 or e-mail hm.taylor1 @ntlworld.com.
CHURCHES TOGETHER: The second HCT chaplaincy talk was given at Leeds Trinity University. Matt Ward the chaplain at both Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan University described his huge “parish” and the many facets of his role as chaplain to students and staff. With his team of 15, three of them full time, pastoral care is the first priority. He mentioned a recent climbing disaster where the chaplain’s role was of vital importance. He works with a large community supporting such efforts as Fair Trade, supporting international students and linking the university to the wider Christian and interfaith community. His is a busy life and a demanding but clearly rewarding one. On Monday Gaynor Hammond and Judith Briggs will talk about their ministry to the elderly and those suffering from dementia at 7.30pm in Cragg Hill Baptist Church. It is open to all.