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Handing on the Torch - sacred words for a secular world

"Handing on the Torch is a great resource" - The Revd Dr John Twisleton

"I was so thrilled by the latest York Course that I kept playing bits of it ... testimony to the course's quality" - Bishop David Wilbourne - Church Times review 2012

Christianity is the largest movement our world has ever seen. It continues to grow at an immense pace – especially in Asia (including China), Africa and Latin America. At the same time, Christianity in the West struggles to grow and – perhaps – even to survive. In this course we consider some of the reasons for this and what it might mean for individual Christians, for churches and for Western culture, in a world where alternative beliefs are increasingly on offer.


Session 1 – A Christian Country?

Session 2 – A Secular Society?

Session 3 – A Beleaguered Church?

Session 4 – Competing Creeds?

Session 5 – Handing on the Torch

Please click on the links below to download a poster and an invitations template in Word that you can adapt to advertise your own course.

HOTT A4 poster for website.doc   HOTT A4 invite sheet for website.doc

Please click here to download a copy of our A4 leaflet about this course.

See the individual descriptions in 'related products' for more details including sound clips and sample pages.

The course booklet, written by Canon John Young includes questions aimed at provoking wide-ranging discussion. Each group needs 1 CD or audiotape, plus a course booklet for each member. In addition many groups find the transcript booklet, which cross-references to the tracks on the CD, invaluable.

The participants on the course CD/audiotape are Archbishop Sentamu - the Archbishop of York, Clifford Longley - RC author, broadcaster and journalist and Rachel Lampard - who has responsibility for the Methodist Church's engagement with political issues. 

Bishop Graham Cray - Archbishops' Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team - provides the Closing Reflection at the end of each session. 

Dr David Hope - former Archbishop of York - introduces this course.

Please click on the button below to download a pdf file containing a little more information about some of the matters raised in this course:

Course components - you choose from...
Handing on the Torch CD Taster Pack
Our convenient Taster Pack comprises 1 course booklet, CD and transcript - everything a Group Leader needs to assess, and then to prepare for, the new course. And you even save a few pennies too!
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Handing on the Torch course booklet
The course booklet, written by Canon John Young, includes a good selection of questions aimed at provoking wide-ranging discussion.
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Handing on the Torch Audio Tape
Five 14-minute radio-style starters for group discussion.
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Handing on the Torch Audio CD
Five 14-minute radio-style starters for group discussion.
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Handing on the Torch Transcript
Sets out the words as heard on the CD and audiotape in an easy-to-follow format. Cross-references with the CD track numbers.
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