This will be held on Wednesday 24th October, in St Barnabas Church, at 7.30.p.m.

Many people will remember Owen, who sadly died last year on the 24th October 2011 and was so passionate about ecumenism. This is the first of what is planned to be an annual event on the anniversary of Owen’s death. The lecture will be aptly entitled ‘Mission – Churches Together or Apart?’ and will be delivered by the Rev’d Rosemary Fletcher from Lambeth Mission & St Mary’s (Joint Anglican – Methodist Church) Rosemary is a former Minister of Caversham Heights and Gosbrook Road Methodist Churches

Owen made a contribution to God’s mission in many ways. In addition to St. Barnabas Church he served on the Deanery Synod (and was Lay Chairman at one time) the Churches Together groups and was connected to the University Chaplaincy. More widely, he was involved with Churches Together in Berkshire and the Diocesan Synod; he chaired the Diocesan Board of Trustees and was a member of the Diocesan Glebe Committee. In recognition of his significant service to the Diocese the Bishop of Oxford bestowed upon him the rare award of the Order of St Frideswide. A short ceremony was conducted at Owen’s home a few days before he died. It was a proud and emotional moment after such an outstanding Christian life.

In order to honour Owen’s memory and to mark his immeasurable contribution to ecumenism this event is being planned as part of the Reading International Festival.

Jean Rae.



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