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         Reflection LeidenOxford twinning service 1st July 2016
         Jubileumprogramma Leiden 2 t/m 6 mei 2016
         Jubileumprogramma Oxford 1 t/m 5 juli 2016
         Jubileumprogramma Oxford 8 t/m 10 juli 2016
         KLICK



Reflection Leiden-Oxford

 Twinning Service 1st July 2016

Texts: Psalm 139 1 -18

Luke 4. 16 – 21

 

            

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable to you, O Lord, 

our strength and our redeemer.

 

Goede middag, welkom in Oxford. Het doet me veel genoegen om als Nederlander andere 

Nederlanders te verwelkomen hier in Oxford. Ik hoop dat u het goed vindt dat ik nu over ga in het Engels!

30 years ago I went to London to do a course in English as I was training to be an English teacher 

in my native country, The Netherlands, and I thought it would be a good idea to brush up my

 

fluency. So off I went to London, not realising that my whole life was about to change course, 

because I ended up marrying my English teacher and came over to the UK. I still have my Dutch passport. 

Through what happened last week here in the UK when the vote was cast for Britain to leave the 

European Union, I will now apply for British Citizenship.

 

Today we have two Bible readings that express God's vision for this world. And in today's world,

in today's Europe we need to continually rediscover and reconnect with God's vision. As you know our 

country here is going through a time of turmoil after last week's vote to leave the European Union. Today, 

1st July we remember here in Britain the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, where thousands 

and thousands lost their young lives. In today's world thousands are on the move, fleeing desperate situations. 

We need God's vision in today's world...

 

First of all psalm 139. One of the most beautiful psalms to really take to heart. It expresses that God knows 

us better and more intimately than we know ourselves. The psalmist says, 

'Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord'

God knows us because God has journeyed with us all through life. It says,  '

You knitted me together my mother's womb.' An image of creativity, intimacy and care for everyone.

It also expresses that God is everywhere.

'Where can I go from your spirit or where can I flee from your presence. If I go to the mountains, or the depth of the grave, you are there, you are everywhere.'

 

So this reading as a real leveller for humanity. We are all made in God's image, we are all God's children, 

we are all God's beloved, no matter what nationality, race, faith, gender, sexual orientation, background, 

and we are all the beloved of God.

 

The famous Dutch theologian Henri Nouwen has written extensively on the idea that we all are the

beloved of God. Nouwen had worked with students at top universities in the United States

leading a high profile academic life, and he ended up working and living in the L'Arche Community among 

people with severe mental disabilities, who had no idea who he was and they helped him to heal his own 

brokenness. Nouwen experienced first hand that the people he lived among, so marginalised by society, 

were the people who opened his eyes to the living reality that everyone is valued and loved, 

not just the high profile, powerful, people.

 

Nouwen observed that in society we are often made to believe that we are what we do. Very often that is one 

of the first question we ask people we don't know. 'What do you do?'  And then in our minds we stick a 

label on them. As if that is who and what they are...

Often we are made to believe that we are what we have. The bigger car or house the better, latest model 

the better, the more beautiful the better. As if that determines who and what we are...

 

And, for many people most powerfully, we are often made to believe that we are what other people tell us 

that we are. When we receive a compliment we grow a bit, when we are criticised we shrink a bit....

But...   we are the beloved of God. That is who and what we really are...

 

Gandhi suggested that we can only find peace externally, in the world, when we have resolved the war in our 

own deepest selves.  And in order to do that we need silence.   One thing the world needs is silence. 

To stop and look at our deepest selves and reconnect with the sacred, in whatever faith tradition,

but to reconnect with ourselves as the beloved of God.

Ghandi of course was a Hindu. I'm not sure if you've come across The Dutch Jewish writer called 

Etty Hillesum, who died at the age of 29 in Auswitz, who has become a modern voice advocating for the 

inner journey where there is no space for hatred and division but uni-fication and love. She was at the receiving 

end of hatred and it cost her her life, but she advocated always not to hate in return.

Two years ago I spent 30 days in silent prayer in St Beuno's in North Wales and it changed my life. 

There was so much that could come to the surface and inner turmoil released and dissolved.  We need silence.

So many people in society these days feel that they don't count, that they are not welcome, that they are seen

to be a burden, there is so much loneliness and divisions. We need to find a way to show that all are the 

beloved of God.

In our second Bible reading from Luke gospel, Jesus showed that God has a special longing for the vulnerable to flourish. Jesus said, 

'I've come to bring good news to the poor, release of captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.'

 

It's really good that Leiden and Oxford have been working together for 70 years now, to reduce 

division and enhance co-operation. The twinning started just after the second world war when the world 

was so damaged and bruised and as mentioned before,

today we remember how thousands of people lost their lives on this very day 100 years ago.

Let us continue to work together for making God's vision our vision. 

May our working together continue for many more years to come, whether we will be together in

the European Union or not. We are all God's beloved.  Amen.

 

      

         
        Revd Margreet Armitstead

Jubileumprogramma Leiden 2 t/m 6 mei 2016

Maandag 2 mei (aankomst) 
De ontvangst is bij La Place. Afrit A4 Zoeterwoude.

            Dinsdag, 3 mei.


Vertrek om 10.30 van de Apothekersdijk nummer 5.

Terugvaart om ongeveer 15.30 (aanlegplaats bij het Stadhuis.)

Daarna om ongeveer16.30 uur receptie i.v.m. Jubileum in het Stadhuis

Voor versnaperingen aan boord wordt gezorgd. 

We zijn rond lunchtijd in Katwijk, 

waar gelegenheid is om op eigen kosten te lunchen en/of rond te wandelen.

Zie ook de nadere toelichting  klik daarvoor hier

         Woensdag, 4 mei.

In de ochtenduren ( van 10.00 – 12.00 u) de Commissievergadering in het Stadhuis met lunch.





                        Dodenherdenking bij de Haagse Schouw, om 15.00 uur(aanwezig zijn vóór 14.30 uur).

In de avond, vanaf 19.00 uur Dodenherdenking in de Pieterskerk met aansluitend 

kranslegging op het Pieterskerkplein.

Ter afsluiting sociale avond bij de familie Fitski,

Lange Mare 94 in Leiden. Menno en Harriet zijn weer genegen ons te ontvangen.

           Donderdag, 5 mei.

Hemelvaartsdag/Bevrijdingsdag is een vrije dag.


In de avond vanaf 19.00 uur welkom bij de Lepelaar voor het jaarlijkse diner  ter afsluiting van het bezoek.

           Vrijdag, 6 mei.

Vertrek van de gasten. Verzamelpunt is La Place, Zoeterwoude.

Toelichting: De Leidse stedenband organiseert op 3 mei 2016 een vaartocht voor de Vrienden uit Oxford 

en uit Leiden naar Katwijk.Na terugkomst wordt dan in het stadhuis van Leiden de reenactment 

van het bezoek van Robert Dudley, graaf van Leicester, die in 1586 als nieuwe landvoogd van de republiek zijn opwachting kwam maken, nagespeeld.

      

De link met Oxford is natuurlijk zijn

vrouw Amy Robsart. Zij woonde in Cumner Place, vlakbij Oxford. Haar mysterieuze dood – ze werd op een ochtend toen alle bedienden het huis uit waren, dood aangetroffen onderaan de trap- veroorzaakte een schandaal. Daardoor waren de kansen van de graaf van Leicester op een verdergaande Alliance met koningin Elizabeth I verkeken (en kwam hij als haar vertegenwoordiger naar de Republiek: een lastpak even uit de weg!). Het Leidse studentcorps heeft in 1870 de intocht van Leicester als “gecostumeerde optogt”al eens opgevoerd. Victor Hugo schreef een toneelstuk over Amy Robsart.

Na dit intermezzo zal in de Burgerzaal een receptie in het stadhuis (Burgerzaal) plaatsvinden voor 

onze gasten uit Oxford, de leden van de Vereniging Vrienden van Oxford. 

Wij hopen ook vertegenwoordigers vanuit de universiteit te mogen begroeten: hopelijk zijn er studenten

geïnteresseerd in een bestuursfunctie bij de stichting. Noteert u in ieder geval alvast de datum!

Verder zullenop 4 mei  2016 de gebruikelijke activiteiten plaatsvinden: het bijwonen van de Dodenherdenking 

door de Lord Mayor van Oxford en leden van het Oxford-Leiden Committee.

Het  jaardiner zal weer plaatsvinden in De Lepelaar op 5 mei 2016, dit keer muzikaal omlijst met een 

optreden van Raphael Martirossian.

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Jubileumprogramma Oxford 1 t/m 5 juli 2016


FOUR DAYS OF ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Plans for our anniversary celebrations are rapidly falling into place.  

 Although the main action will take place over the first two weekends of July, 

we propose to mark this landmark our history with a yearlong programme of events.

Please make a note of the dates in your diary.

Preparations aregoing ahead for our July celebrations, 

the first of which, the Alice weekend takes place from::



Thursday, 30th June to Tuesday, 5th July

Invitations are being sent to numerous people in Holland, who have had or still have strong connections with our Link, 

and we hope many of our members, past and present, will join us to celebrate the anniversary.


On Friday, 1st July, we have arranged a civic reception with the Lord Mayor and other civic leaders 

at the Town Hall at 2.30 pm, then we will walk to the City Church of St Michael at the Northgate in 

Cornmarket Street for a special anniversary service at 4.00 pm. , 


It will be led by the City Rector, 

the Very Rev Bob Wilkes,

and we ·hope he will be assisted by the
the Dutchspeaking Vicar of Littlemore. Rev Margreet Armitstead,

Arrangements. for Saturday,2nd July are still under discussion, but we hope to arrange a lecture on
Alice
in Wonderland by Ingrid Moerman, from Leiden, and join in Alice Day celebrations
at
Oxford's Story Museum in Pembroke Street.

There is also the possibility of an art exhibition by our young artists group

On Sunday, 3rd July, we have booked seats on a boat which will retrace the journey on the Thames that Alice Liddell took as she listened to the story of Alice in Wonderland,

 told by Lewis  Carroll (alias Charles Dodgson).


Afterwards,
if we can find a suitable venue, 

we will have a Mad Hatter's tea party, 

so get making those special hats!

This part of our celebration will end with an  anniversary lunch in the restaurant at 

Oxford Brookes University on

Monday, 4th July, 12.30 for 13.00 pm

Space will be limited, so please make sure you book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Jubileumprogramma Oxford 8 t/m 10 juli 2016

BANDS MARK OUR 70th ANNIVERSARY

     

Two K&G bands from Leiden will be visiting Oxford on Saturday, 9th July. The bands, one sitting, one marching~ will arrive on Friday night and stay at Hill End Camp, where we will organise a barbecue to welcome them.

They face a busy Saturday programme, starting with the youth marching band taking part in Witney Carnival and the sitting band of older musicians performing at West Oxford Fun Day on the Botley Road recreation ground.

During the afternoon, both bands will be in Oxford city centre, the sitting band performing in Bonn Square and the marching band parading, possibly twice, from Bonn Square through Queen Street and Cornmarket Street to Broad Street. As they play, we will be handing out leaflets publicising the concert at the Town Hall in the evening  featuring the two bands and our own Strawberry Fayre majorettes. This promises to be a musical treat and we want to fiIll the Town Hall to the rafters. It is a great privilege for us to have two top Dutch bands performing in Oxford.


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KLICK programma.

De jonge kunstenaars van KLICK, een samenwerkingsverband, onder auspiciën van de stichting Peen & Ui, zal twee keer acteren met exposities, waaronder één in het stadhuis. Verder werkt de stichting aan de realisatie van de kiosk waarin een digitale versie van de Leidse koorboeken voor een breed  (koren)publiek kan worden getoond.

In Oxford wordt in dit verband gewerkt aan de realisatie van een vergelijkbaar kunstenaarsproject. Digitalisering van erfgoed vormt ook de rode draad bij de voorbereiding van een gezamenlijk project van de UB Leiden, Erfgoed leiden e.o., de Lakenhal en hopelijk de Bodleian Library. Verwacht wordt verder de (digitale) uitgave over de laatste 10 jaar van de stedenband met Oxford. Belangrijk zijn de plannen om samen met de Stedenband Torun een gemeen-schappelijk project rond het thema Fietsen te organiseren: de plannen zijn nog in een pril stadium, maar moeten uiteindelijk leiden tot een Leidse bijdrage aan de Oxford Bike Week en de Low carbon week in 2017. Studenten van de hogeschool Leiden en het ROC zullen bij de Leidse pilot worden betrokken.

Het jaarplan bevat ambitieuze elementen die sterk afhankelijk zijn van enerzijds externe financiering, anderzijds van voldoende menskracht om er een succes van te maken. Wij hopen dat de activiteiten ook ‘nieuw bloed’ krijgen door Leidse partijen die ons werk willen ondersteunen.

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