Handing on the Torch – Sacred words for a secular world – CD


5 Session – CD
Five 14-minute radio-style starters for group discussion. Please click on the Play buttons below to hear sound clips from the course audio:


Handing on the Torch – sacred words for a secular world

A  5-session ecumenical course for discussion groups  – ideal for Lent, or any time of year
Comprises course booklet, audio material and transcript

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

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

The participants on the course audio are Archbishop Sentamu; 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 provides the thoughtful Closing Reflection at the end of each session.