News from Westminster College
Peter Ball reports the latest developments at the Resource Centre for Learning in Cambridge
In my 18 months at Westminster College, I’ve felt that, alongside the utter dependability of God, another thing in church life that is certain is change. This applies to the United Reformed Church, the wider Church and the world we inhabit. For Westminster College, there has certainly been much that has changed and continues to change. The creation of my job, funded entirely from Westminster’s own resources, is a sign of the college’s commitment to responding to real needs in our local churches and synods. This is a commitment we share with colleagues at Northern College in Manchester and the Scottish College.
We are fortunate to have such a wonderful site in the centre of Cambridge, thanks to the vision of Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson in the late 19th century. These amazing twin sisters will be honoured in June with the unveiling of a blue plaque marking their contribution to theology and Bible translation. The unveiling will coincide with the launch of our new Alumni and Friends Association, celebrating those whose support has given Westminster life, and, more recently, renewed its life and work. Our challenge now is to continue to develop as a welcoming space in which URC members can encounter God and deepen their faith and discipleship as well as find peace, rest and renewal.
Listening has been and continues to be an important part of our life at Westminster, listening to what it is God is calling us to do and listening to the voice of our denomination and local churches as to how they need to be resourced to face the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. …
Peter Ball is Director of Church Resource Development at Westminster College, Cambridge
This is an extract from an article that was published in the April 2019 edition of Reform